“Time’s Passing Reflections” Blog Tour Day 2

Supported through the efforts of A Bibliophile’s Workshop-editorial/publicity services for self-published writers-  the first inaugural Blog Tour is here. For this first blog tour, Indulge your mind with some lovely yarns of poetry, perfect as an antidote to life’s trials and tribulations!!

Celebrating the Poetic Legacy of Thelma Barselow, one poem at a time….

Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour (September 14, 2014-September 20, 2014)

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Capturing the vivid intimacy of journaling combined with the photographic realism of  rich poetry, Thelma Barselow’s collection of poetry is a volume of poetry that any serious reader of poetry will not want to miss!!

Synopsis, taken from the Amazon product page:

“This collection of poetry spans the years and encompasses a lifetime of observations, broken down into simple, yet elegant and sometimes whimsical poems. Some of the poems are religious, others are merely soulful.

Thelma has spent her life caring for others, starting with her children and her husband. That career included caring for the children of others, and ultimately, taking care of Alzheimer’s patients which she did until her recent retirement.

She has many stories to tell and I hope that someday she will tell them all. Until then, please enjoy this collection of her words, her thoughts, her passing reflections.”

This is a poetry collection, which Anne Rice made sure to buy five copies for friends and family:

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Poem-of-the Day:

**If you have an eidetic memory (the type of memory that lets you recall images and sounds without mnemonic tricks), you may be able to memorize fragments of these poems. Many of the poems featured here will be short, highly visceral,as are most of the poems contained in Thelma Barselow’s poem collection- Time’s Passing Reflections.

Today’s poem was specially chosen, due to its crucial importance with Chronosphere Part 1, which is tentatively titled “I Am,” as the whole book structurally reflects the deeper meaning of the poem of the same name “I Am” by John Clare  In many ways, it’s a fairly modern poem, with an existential crisis being the core psychological struggle of the poem

Something about our tenuous link to reality is made more apparent, when we are wandering through any scene of nature, as undisturbed by the presence of others.   This type of construction-nature making us reflect on our orientation in reality- is ubiquitous in poetry, and the best use of this form is seen through John Clare’s poem, which bends reality, in such a way, that the landscape of nature becomes a metaphor for the landscape of his own frenzied “mind.” Could it really be just a poetic, intangible wasteland, or is this wasteland a prescient vision of how we will inevitable destroy nature, due to our own selfish fatalism?

In many ways, John Clare’s poem is the distant prelude of an older, shorter poem that is also thematically important to my apocalyptic,steampunk story of four parts. I won’t divulge any information or specifics about it, as it is tomorrow’s poem, featured as part of this  special blog tour.

John Clare’s I Am:

I am—yet what I am none cares or knows;
My friends forsake me like a memory lost:
I am the self-consumer of my woes—
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes
And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed

 

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life or joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems;
Even the dearest that I loved the best
Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.

 

I long for scenes where man hath never trod
A place where woman never smiled or wept
There to abide with my Creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie
The grass below—above the vaulted sky.

What does this poem evoke for you? Leave your comments below, with your own deeply inspired thoughts of what you think about this poem, and what images it conjures in your mind?

Stay tuned tomorrow for another poem-of-the-day, and other tantalizing features(special Time’s Passing Reflections tea; an in-depth review of a book by this blog’s own poetry connoisseur), as part of the Time’s Passing Reflections Blog Tour, featuring a new post every day of this entire week

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    Station Eleven is an excellent, darkly dramatic, slightly sardonic, piece of writing, meditating on the vicissitudes of life, as seen through the lives of various human beings exposed to apocalyptic trauma, and how art itself helps salvage us, give us a reason to claim “mere survival is insufficient.”

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