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The Seed Bridge

Collected Poems



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The Seed Bridge by Terrence Alonzo Craft
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The Seed Bridge covers a variety of themes: ardent and fiery love, airy philosophy, joy and pain, life lessons, and the esoteric. It tells of the creation of powerful relationships as well as the deconstruction of those bonds; the development of strong religious beliefs and the painful losses of faith; transcendental philosophical brushstrokes and metaphysical pondering; declarations of personal strength and expressions of profound weakness. These poems read like abstract stories, exposing the artist bare. There's as much fragility as there is fortitude: power, courage, vigor, contentment and peace of mind blend here with vulnerability, fear, anguish, melancholy, and misery. The result is a wholly human portrait. The poems relate interesting life situations, small or large, that have left a mark on the artist and made him who he is. "Pastel and Shell" discusses the dangers of giving oneself to others without reciprocity. "The Prophet's Spice Truck" details a quasi-obsessive one-way-street friendship, while Chinatown paints the hopelessness of disillusioned youth. "Self-Righteous" sees an almost manic pride devolve into fetal desperation, as "The Naked God" is a request from a disciple begging to see a clearer sign of his Lord. "For Certain" is the doubt about everything that we all have in our quietest moments, and "Caliweto" is a wild, Mephistophelean piece about the depths of depression. The final poem, "Suihallawuiyou (or the Girl at Ota'lu'kume)," is an art piece that uses the Delphic, the mystical, and the arcane to weave an experience. These are pieces to be digested and, at the end of the collection, you will gain an insight into the author which reflects back to your own human experience. This is no attempt at braggadocio, nor is it a pity-fest. It is an expression of the wholeness of life.
Release date NZ
October 8th, 2018
Illustrations, black and white
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