“Poets are always right, history is on their side,” a Bolshevik official warned Stalin as he considered a punishment for Akhmatova’s friend, Osip Mandelstam, over an unpublished but critical verse.”
T.M. The Economist Feb. 1 2021
while sound, poetic style, is timeless,
history hobbles heuristic wordsmiths;
with pentameter iambic, and global pandemics.
whether under a bridge with Daitô Kokushi,
or dharma spanging with Kerouac n Cassady,
time and lives and rhymes intersect.
culture, a cauldron of logos and breath.
reaching out, reflections,
that is, crossing the oceans,
sound sculpting soul, chrysalic psyche;
double oh zero, licensed to poetry!
Which is to say, that I have been through a lot, not quite the same as I’ve done a lot, because most of my experiences have been from the nose-bleed bleachers. Except being a poet, and being a dj, and being homeless. Oh, and walking across the States. And a head on collision with a 16 wheeler. That’s about it. Did I mention poetry? The words I write are self psy-alms, ways of helping my mind synch up with the times, while staying within the shadow of sanity and spirit. It was many moons ago that I knew I would write The Handbook of Poetic Phonetics, and I am grateful to have been able to follow through with the words I have been given. The blessings over the horizon I am unable to see, yet the sonar signals that spiritual truth stays constant. Give thanks and praises!
Topaz – Education, or academic credentials do not make a fine poet. I will say, when sending out your work, if you don’t want the ‘ain’t ready’ response, don’t format center justified. Your poetry is good enough to stand on its own.
Bart Baxter – author, poet, aviator
The Handbook of Poetic Phonetics by Topaz is a full-course poetic meal of character and caricature, of introspection and observation through different cultures, languages and modes of thought. Each turn of a page takes you to a different place, a different time, a different consciousness and a different set of eyes and ears, but all part of one fertile and restless center.
Blaine Hammond – author, Solve for X, Rusting Peacefully, editor, Poetalk, priest
Topaz’s book of poetry and musings arrived Saturday. I am blown away. I’ll wager you are too. He is a creative, amazing, poetic savant disguised as … What a wild outcome, eh? He has been to dark places but has turned his journey into something honest and insightful; feels real to me. The dedication to Sage was a hint at his essential goodness. Mary Scheps – Author and Illustrator The Boy Who Loved Orange, Odam and the Ygdrassil
Topaz has explained to me there are those among us whose experiences have allowed them to see more. Instead of just the alphabet from, say, i – r, they also perceive a – h and s-z. In my opinion, his own work does this. His poems and essays let us glimpse sounds, shapes, connections, perceptions, and indeed, pain that exist across the complete alphabet, including the margins, the outer reaches. ~Lynn Miller – Seattle Public Library
Post homeless Disorder is the latest in the Poetic Phonetic series.