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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Darren Blanch © 2018

THE GHOSTS

 

OF

 

BORGES

 

&

 

OTHERS

 

RUSHING SLOWLY

 

&

 

RISING

 

THROUGH

 

THE UNDERGROUND LABYRINTH

 

OF

 

THE HOUSE OF UN-REALITY

 

 

 

By Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

(on reading Tomas Tranströmer’s poem “The Bookcase”)

 

 

 

I

am not alone

 

in

this alone-ness place

 

here

in the nowhere of nowhere

 

in

the House of Un-Reality

I

am not alone

 

 

 

Gold

eyes gaze into the tomb of trauma in the swirling Room of Infinity

 

the

eerie omphalos

 

&

phantom center of ghosts

 

a

barren cornucopia

 

&

dystopia of emptiness

 

&

the human-less vastness

 

&

the wild waves of snow for miles & miles

 

&

the blessings of oblivion

 

ineffable

vision

 

overflowing

in the blind man’s blizzard

 

the

ghost of Borges in the House of Un-Reality

 

Above,

old objects possess preternatural power

 

in

the unspeakable hour of revelations

 

mundane

objects in metamorphosis

 

approaching

transcendence & illumination—

 

mutilated

antiques

 

convex

& concave mirrors

 

&

swinging doors through a wormhole into the soul

 

&

metaphysical paintings singing of non-being

 

&

Bizarro portraits of the dead

 

&

wounded walls & harrowing halls

 

&

torn books read long ago

 

adorned

with ashes & dust

 

ruins

& rust

 

&

moribund bookcases with broken shelves & splintered wood & lost selves

 

&

obsolete manuscripts

 

&

esoteric notes on Post-its about the nature of the universe & the Apocalypse

 

 

 

Below,

the ghosts of Borges & others

rush

slowly & rise through the underground labyrinth

 

while

metaphysical notes pirouette across non-being

 

unfathomable

sound from the underground

 

&

a ghost rhapsody

 

 

 

&

in a transcendental chasm of time

 

a

schism in space

 

a

pause in Un-Reality

 

carved

with the celestial hand of Dali

 

&

the fabulous words of Borges

 

this

is the blessing & despair

 

while

the mystical clock chimes nowhere

 

&

after the Apocalypse

 

this

is the trauma & the ecstasy

 

while

the deathless clock chimes divinity

 

&

the ghosts gaze into the quantum universe

 

 

in

search of Schrödinger’s cat & revelations

 

before

rising again in the ineffable hour of illuminations

 

for

a rendezvous with old objects in metamorphosis—

 

the

keepers of history

 

&

the secret Labyrinth of Infinity & the boundless Mirror of Anguish & Bliss

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mel Waldman is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines including HARDBOILED DETECTIVE, ESPIONAGE, THE SAINT, PULP METAL MAGAZINE, and AUDIENCE. His poems have been widely published in magazines and books including A NEW ULSTER, CLOCKWISE CAT, CRAB FAT LITERARY MAGAZINE, ESKIMO PIE, INDIANA VOICE JOURNAL, LIQUID IMAGINATION, THE BROOKLYN LITERARY REVIEW, BRICKPLIGHT, SKIVE MAGAZINE, ODDBALL MAGAZINE, PABLO LENNIS, POETRY PACIFIC, POETICA, RED FEZ, SQUAWK BACK, SWEET ANNIE & SWEET PEA REVIEW, THE JEWISH LITERARY JOURNAL, THE JEWISH PRESS, THE JERUSALEM POST, HOTMETAL PRESS, MAD SWIRL, HAGGARD & HALLOO, ASCENT ASPIRATIONS, YELLOW MAMA, THE BITCHIN’ KITSCH, SOUL-LIT, TWO DROPS OF INK, and NAMASTE FIJI: THE INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY. A past winner of the literary GRADIVA AWARD in Psychoanalysis, he was nominated for a PUSHCART PRIZE in literature and is the author of 11 books.




Darren Blanch, Aussie creator of visions which tell you a tale long after first glimpses have teased your peepers. With early influence from America's Norman Rockwell to show life as life, Blanch has branched out mere art form to impact multi-dimensions of color and connotation. People as people, emotions speaking their greater glory. Visual illusions expanding the ways and means of any story.

Digital arts mastery provides what Darren wishes a reader or viewer to take away in how their own minds are moved. His evocative stylistics are an ongoing process which sync intrinsically to the expression of the nearby written or implied word he has been called upon to render.

View the vivid energy of IVSMA (Darren Blanch) works at: www.facebook.com/ivsma3Dart, YELLOW MAMA, Sympatico Studio - www.facebook.com/SympaticoStudio, DeviantArt - www.deviantart.com/ivsma and launching in 2019, as Art Director for suspense author / intrigue promoter Kate Pilarcik's line of books and publishing promotion - SeaHaven Intrigue Publishing-Promotion.



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