Below is a short extract from the long title poem from my first volume of poetry, Labradorite.
The poem is in several parts. I was initially inspired to write it from coming across an exercise suggested by Ted Hughes, in which the poet is to examine a small, simple object for 5 (or more) consecutive days, writing five (or more) poems about it, striving to focus on the object in great depth and detail. I had the perfect object, namely, a small labradorite gemstone. The exercise became, over the course of the experiment, almost akin to an extended meditation on rather intangible properties of the stone, and on the Universe, or universal force, or what Bardon might call the ‘depth point’, within it.
Extract from ‘Labradorite’, copyright © 2019 C L Barton all rights reserved
Mystery blue –
shades of heaven –
Fire that burns underwater;
spirit encased in matter;
the sky at dusk,
or night, or noon.
The blue of Heaven
sunk deep in stone.
Uncanny forest with black trees;
an astral lagoon that winked and shone;
spirit in crystal,
soul beneath bone,
the world held in a cosmic palm.
The collection of poems from which the extract above was taken consists of 18 poems in various forms (haiku, free verse, triolet, there is even a cento), which, for the most part, explore various esoteric and metaphysical themes (NB I use the word ‘metaphysical’ here in the sense of psycho-spiritual-cosmic-magical, not as in the Metaphysical school of poetry of the 17th century). There are also a few poems inspired by encounters with interesting women around my neighborhood. It is my first collection of poetry and I have self-published with Vellum.
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