T.Byron K. 2013

Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Jim Morrison was buried at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris in July of 1971 along side Molière, Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin, Théodore Géricault, Marcel Proust and Honore De Balzac. "I don't think there was a better Poet of Jim Morrison's age or time" -Michael McClure on Jim Morrison
There is a need to redefine Jim Morrison beyond the rock star that most consider him as. Jim was really a 20th century version of Baudelaire or Rimbaud.*This photo of Pere Lachaise is in my house.
T.Byron K. 2013

Systemic Problems

There is a danger in creating a scapegoat (however despotic/ terrible they may be) for systemic problems because the problems will still remain long after the individual is banished. The issues in the US now are of a spiritual nature more than they are economic or philosophical. An educated class of the spiritually blind are even worse than an illiterate one. *See 2 Corinthians 4:4

T.Byron K. 2013

West Virginia

I found it interesting that West Virginia is also included in the US Census definition of the "Southern United States". Virginia did include all of West Virginia at one time before the Civil War. My family on my Father's side are from Southern WVa (Pax/Long Branch) and I have spent many years visiting the region, but my experience with Northern West Virginia reminded me of trips to Western Pennsylvania as a kid-it has a very Northerly feel about it.
"Southern Appalachia: mainly refers to areas situated in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, namely Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Western Maryland, West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, North Georgia, and Northwestern South Carolina." -Wikipedia
T.Byron K. 2013

The Art of Suggestion

Poetry and painting are "sister arts" & are meant to compliment one another. Poetry is imagistic & remains the art of suggestion- it should open up endless possibilities of meaning & be resistant to literal or linear interpretation. What matters is how a poem touches the individual heart.
T.Byron K. 2013

The Peoples Art Form

It is poetry (& not the novel) that really is the peoples art form. A cultural need for linear story lines stems from a need for literalism and a fear of the symbolic. Literalism is still, as N.O. Brown noticed, "the spirit that Blake called Ulro, which sees nothing but rock and sand jostling together in the void. Literalism makes a universe of stone, it is the ministration of death."
T.Byron K. 2013

A Poetic Problem

We have a poetic problem if "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all." has been replaced with a quest for the harsh truth & nothing but the harsh truth.
T.Byron K. 2013

North Virginia

I am from North Virginia (as I call it) after living the past 35 years in the mountains of Western VA near the WV border. North VA should probably be its own state & the southern portion could be South VA (kind of like the Carolinas). West VA still remains a refuge to the right of us.