Hope and Substance

In this intriguing poetic journey, the author embraces both the real and the surreal in an entertaining, yet thought-provoking manner. It is a journey of enlightenment, touching profoundly on themes of mortality, morality and the human consciousness, where the challenges of the modern world meet with a conflict of individual personas and our deepest intuitive sense.  These are poems about sensation and fragmentation, emotional vulnerability, illusions, delusions and the modifiable reality we call our “perception”. They consider the duality of light and dark forces – crossing psychological boundaries and testing emotional limits, further questioning the basis of our human existence in an eternal search for spiritual wholeness and balance.

Employing a creative use of punctuation along with vibrant and original wordplay, the author manipulates images and symbols to produce an artistic work that is rich in metaphor and multi-layered meaning. In this verbal art space, epic-length poems combine with several shorter sequences to produce an engaging and varied collection of poetry.

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About the Author: Dianne Cikusa

The Sea In-Between

The Sea In-Between

In this multi-faceted work, urban landscapes are combined with natural world depictions, encrypted in diverse emotional contexts and the machinations of the human mind. Here is a poet who is not afraid to step into the liminal space, moving through spatial time and consciousness in order to redefine an existing reality – or to claim a new assurance through revelation, inspiration and spiritual collaboration.

Diving boldly into the metaphysical deep end, these poems sink into the subconscious realm, then periodically re-surface into more worldly terrain. The inner consciousness is potent and thrives on symbolism, so it is through versatile and pliable language that the poet is forever hinting at something beyond the veil – celestial elements that lean towards the divine and in closer proximity to one’s connectedness with the ethereal.

The human psyche is placed modestly under an analytic microscope as the author draws observations from both the world of matter and from the subtler workings of the meditative mind. There is plenty of symbolism, allusion and wordplay with the poet blurring the lines between “real” and perceived structures, as the human world oscillates between the physical and the spiritual. The poems depict micro-pictures of the world where small-scale or miscellaneous events are simply part of a greater global vision and macrocosmic awareness. Effectively, it is from within this inspired labyrinth of collective memory and personal recollection where we all find ourselves replicating the universal human experience.