The Bather
Poetic Outlaws on 16/05/2024

The Bather

By: Charles SimicThe Bather —Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña (1807–1876)Where the path to the lake twists out of sight,A puff of dust, the kind bare feet make running,Is what I saw in the dying light,Night swooping down everywhere else.A low branch heavy with leavesSwaying momentarily where the sha

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John Fowles: The Threat to us in the Coming Millennium
Poetic Outlaws on 15/05/2024

John Fowles: The Threat to us in the Coming Millennium

AUGUST WILHELM LEUWe have simply transferred the tree setting to the now more familiar brick-and-concrete forest of town and city. — John FowlesThe threat to us in the coming millennium lies not in nature seen as rogue shark, but in our growing emotional and intellectual detachment from it—and I do

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Affirmation
Poetic Outlaws on 13/05/2024

Affirmation

By: Donald HallText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedTo grow old is to lose everything. Aging, everybody knows it. Even when we are young, we glimpse it sometimes, and nod our heads when a grandfather dies. Then we row for years on the midsummer pond, ignorant and c

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Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
Poetic Outlaws on 11/05/2024

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

By: Wendell BerryPhotograph by Guy MendesText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedLove the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not e

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I Kiss the Feet of Angels
Poetic Outlaws on 10/05/2024

I Kiss the Feet of Angels

By: A.D. WinansText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publisheddark stormy night fog creeping in over the hills raindrops falling on the window I see the faces of old friends staring at me ghosts from the past freight trains steam ships subway trains carrying their cargo of d

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Loss of the Sacred
Poetic Outlaws on 08/05/2024

Loss of the Sacred

The loss of the sacred in western society is also a loss of soul, a loss of the soul of the earth, of the cosmos, of human society. Modern men and women are truly in search of soul, and a retrieval of the sacred is essential to their finding or recovering soul. — C. Michael SmithScholar and author,

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Too Many Names
Poetic Outlaws on 06/05/2024

Too Many Names

By: Pablo NerudaText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedMondays are meshed with Tuesdays and the whole week with the whole year. Time cannot be cut with your exhausted scissors, and all the names of the day are washed out by the waters of night. No one can claim the

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The Forgotten Madmen of Ménilmontant
Poetic Outlaws on 04/05/2024

The Forgotten Madmen of Ménilmontant

By: Frank Stanford“I know I am handsome and young and drunketernal as a weed.” — Frank StanfordText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedDo not look sadly at days gone by days below days like a river running under the stars Do not listen to the blues or speak often with

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Older Love
Poetic Outlaws on 03/05/2024

Older Love

By: Jim HarrisonPhoto Credit: Jeff Topping for the New York TimesText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedHis wife has asthma so he only smokes outdoors or late at night with head and shoulders well into the fireplace, the mesquite and oak heat bright against his

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Transcending Yourself
Poetic Outlaws on 01/05/2024

Transcending Yourself

By: Alan WattsThe following is a brief segment of a lecture Alan Watts gave on The Psychedelic Experience. In a way, all consciousness-expanding drugs have something to do with death. Why? Because all spiritual disciplines are, as Jung pointed out, preparations for death. And every spiritual discipl

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The Poetry of Alejandra Pizarnik
Poetic Outlaws on 29/04/2024

The Poetry of Alejandra Pizarnik

“My ambition is to turn everything into poetry, to cultivate the art of unreason, and to break the barriers between the solitary soul and the world.”—Alejandra PizarnikThe great Argentine poet Alejandra Pizarnik was born on this day in 1936. Below is a brief commentary by the poet’s translator, Cole

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Anaïs Nin: Some Never Awaken
Poetic Outlaws on 27/04/2024

Anaïs Nin: Some Never Awaken

Text within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedYou live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernati

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You’re Painfully Alive in a Drugged and Dying Culture
Poetic Outlaws on 25/04/2024

You’re Painfully Alive in a Drugged and Dying Culture

By: Erik RittenberryPhoto: Kavan Cardoza“It’s a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares anymore; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.”— Richard YatesIt’s quiet here in the early morning and no one’s around—just the way I like it. I’m s

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Tombstone As A Lonely Charm
Poetic Outlaws on 24/04/2024

Tombstone As A Lonely Charm

By: d. a. levyText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedif you want a revolution return to your childhood and kick out the bottom dont mistake changing headlines for changes if you want freedom dont mistake circles for revolutions think in terms of living and know yo

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My Papa's Waltz
Poetic Outlaws on 23/04/2024

My Papa's Waltz

By: Theodore RoethkeText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedThe whiskey on your breath Could make a small boy dizzy; But I hung on like death: Such waltzing was not easy. We romped until the pans Slid from the kitchen shelf; My mother's countenance Could not unfrown

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Terra Incognita
Poetic Outlaws on 21/04/2024

Terra Incognita

By: D.H. LawrencePeder Mørk Mønsted—Young Boy Fishing by StreamText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedThere are vast realms of consciousness still undreamed of vast ranges of experience, like the humming of unseen harps, we know nothing of, within us. R

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Desperate Measures
Poetic Outlaws on 19/04/2024

Desperate Measures

By: David LernerPhoto: Harold FeinsteinText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedthere are so many ways to fall so many ways to crack down the middle and vanish so many ways to singe your wings so many ways to crawl to crashland in the swamp without a compass or stick o

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Nero’s Violin
Poetic Outlaws on 18/04/2024

Nero’s Violin

By: Judson VereenThe following is an essay from a fellow Substacker and artist, Judson Vereen. He’s a good writer with an interesting story and I decided to share it with you all. You can check out his other writings on his Substack Page, Dispatches from Bohemian Splendor. There’s also a brief bio o

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Stanley Kunitz: A Poem has Secrets that the Poet Knows Nothing Of
Poetic Outlaws on 17/04/2024

Stanley Kunitz: A Poem has Secrets that the Poet Knows Nothing Of

“The deepest thing I know is that I am living and dying at once, and my conviction is to report that dialogue.” — KunitzStanley Kunitz is certainly one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century. He received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry twice (in 19

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Snowbanks North of the House
Poetic Outlaws on 15/04/2024

Snowbanks North of the House

By: Robert BlyPhoto: Henri PrestesText within this block will maintain its original spacing when publishedThose great sweeps of snow that stop suddenly six feet from the house... Thoughts that go so far. The boy gets out of high school and reads no more books; the son stops calling home. The mo

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