Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
I was sad to learn of Bruno's passing this week. That got me to thinking about an earlier time, and many hours spent watching him on television. He came to Pittsburgh as a young teenager, and embodied the dedication, hard work, and toughness of the city., as well as its core of kindness and dignity.
Early Saturday evenings good and evil
Early Saturday evenings good and evil
contested in the ring with commercial interruptions.
Like moths to a flame we sat, transfixed by
machinations of the Kangaroo Twins and other
assorted villains, Ringside Rosie wailing like a one-woman
Greek chorus until Bruno Samartino thundered deus ex machina
with a pin that restored justice to the universe.
Later on upstairs, a smaller TV set flickered, drawing us as
some beacon to weary sailors on unfriendly seas.
Clutching a bottle of root beer, I sat next to my Dad
watching the fights from the Garden, trying to outdraw Matt Dillon
on the streets of Dodge City, or Hollywood versions of
World War II with live running commentary.
Those were our rituals, anchoring us as another week ended,
pricking my imagination, opening new places for adventure
with every round and episode.
How could so-called experts recoil at watching these?
I never dreamed of spraying my school with lead
or turning a cinema into a slaughterhouse.
Filling primetime with drivel made no difference.
Cartoon-length commercials for a line of toys
or thirty minutes of smart-alecky brats
mouthing off at idiotic adults will not
ensure violence-free futures and sunny skies.
Now I sit in the den and view a limited selection
of teams and movies hoping to recapture a moment
when all that is good and pure will be restored
within the ring or on the streets of Dodge.
Arthur Turfa, Places and Times, ©2015 eLectio Publishing
Monday, April 16, 2018
For the past seven years I have taught Introduction to Mythology at Blythewood High School. Essentially it is Greco-Roman. While an English elective, I through in a lot of creative writing, history, music, art history, and have students be thespians.
I also enjoy teaching some of my favorite poems. Here is one, and it goes over well. I first read Auden in high school, and still admire/read him today. This year I noticed that I am nearly as old as he was when he died!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
This is a wonderful event that supports a good cause. And it is in charming Aiken, a gem of a town in South Carolina between Columbia and Augusta, Georgia. By now I am friends with some of the other authors.
Pre-publication orders will be taken for Saluda Reflections, from Finishing Line Press. But time is of the essence! April 27 marks the close of that period. The presses will run, and people can still order all the same.
I will also have my other books there: Places and Times form eLectio Publishing, Accents in some of the remaining paperbacks (it is available on KDP https://www.amazon.com/Accents-Arthur-Turfa-ebook/dp/B079WJG8F6/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8) and Gemini form Broad River Books.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
As a teenager I read all sorts of things. Some of them I re-read later and of course understood more. One of the books in this category is Pierre Teilhard de Chardin's Le Divin Mileu. My religious upbringing was loosely Presbyterian, but my parents admired Jesuits for their intellect. Perhaps that is what drew me to this book. There is a fictional character base don de Chardin in Morris West's The Shoes of the Fisherman.
In a Lutheran seminary later on my appreciation for the Sacrament of the Altar increased; a Jesuit once told me that was a grace. I recalled something I had read from de Charin:
All the communions of a life-time are one communion.
All the communions of all men now living are one com-
All the communions of all men, present, past and future,
are one communion.
Have we ever sufficiently considered the physical im-
mensity of man, and his extraordinary relations with the
universe, in order to realise in our minds the formidable
implications of this elementary truth?
Let us conjure up in our minds, as best we can, the vast
multitudes of men in every epoch and in every land. Accord-
ing to the catechism we believe that this fearful anonymous
throng is, by right, subject to the physical and overmaster-
ing contact of him whose appanage it is to be able omnia sibi
subicere (by right, and to a certain extent in fact; for who
can tell where the diffusion of Christ, with the influence of
grace, stops, as it spreads outward from the faithful at the
heart of the human family?). Yes, the human layer of the
earth is wholly and continuously under the organising in-
flux of the incarnate Christ. This we all believe, as one of
the most certain points of our faith. -Le Divin Mileu
Some of these thoughts appeared in "The Telos of Time", from Accents, KDP Publishing ©2018,( my second book of poetry:
At the axis mundi
where the veil between
eternity and time
is somewhat lifted,
we experience the
moment above time,
the transcendent moment
where Creator and creature
Redeemer and redeemed,
Sanctifier and sanctified
from all places and times,
Host holding a host
shatter time as it is measured
transitioning into timelessness.
Finally, some biographical information
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
I thought I would put them both in one place!
And a link to the book:
And a link to the book:
Monday, April 9, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Things have been going very well. From what people have ordered already, and through what some have asked me to order for them, the June 22nd shipment would be on schedule. More orders would mean a larger press run, so make certain that you will be in the first wave of this this book of poetry! Thanks so much!
Saturday, April 7, 2018
This is a slightly whimsical piece in thought, but not in style. Have you ever wanted to leave it all and escape somewhere? Then this is the poem for you!
Pre-order the book at:
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
If you want a supportive, internaitonal, and diverse poetry community to read or ro post in, try Whispers. Graça Costa from Portugal and I are pleased to announce our first collaboration.
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