NOT POEMS, JUST WORDS is an homage to the romantic odes of Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, John Keats, e. e. cummings, Robert Frost and W. H. Auden.
Who could forget Keats’ soliloquy to the vividness of life in ‘A Thing of Beauty (Endymion)’ and how he espoused the virtue of looking at the real and simple quality of daffodils? Or Whitman’s masterpiece on the internal universe of the soul in ‘Leaves of Grass’? Or how Auden had so thoughtfully placed us sitting low on a church pew, dabbing at our eyes, as the voice of a pained heart calls for someone to ‘stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone’ in ‘Funeral Blues’? Do we remember? Or do we choose to forget?
This collection of words, not necessarily within the boundaries of traditional poems, is just that: a bundle of words that perform the song and dance of modern poetry. It’s a bag full of words that I use and feel and speak of and touch others with every day.
Because I choose to remember. — Ramon Loyola, 2014
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