The Ocean of Light overcomes the ocean of darkness.*
Psalms, Yawps, and Howls is a writing website of Daniel Eugene Wilcox, a poet and fiction writer. Daniel's wandering lines have appeared in many magazines in the United States. Canada, and overseas. Three collections of published poetry are in print: Dark Energy, Psalms, Yawps, and Howls, and selah river.
Before that Daniel hiked through the University of Nebraska, Cal State University, Long Beach (Creative Writing), Montana, Pennsylvania, Europe, Palestine/Israel and other places of wonder and wander.
Anniversaries of history vary from enlightenment wonders to horrific debacles. Both the best and the worst results are that so many of those dramatic past events (that we moderns remember) still have HUGE beneficial or destructive effects even NOW. As the novelist William Faulkner emphasized: "The past is never dead. It is not even past."
Case in point: This is the 400th Anniversary of one of the worst events: The Cannons of Dort. Especially, right now in the U.S. those destructive Cannons are still supported and believed in by millions. And their effect is still twisting and dehumanizing much of what is done now by Americans. Rather odd since the Cannons were written and first enforced in the Netherlands!
AGAINST the 400-year-old Anniversary of the Canons of Dort
my gramma’s beheading like the results of dort
my gramma grabbed that hatchet
and the white pullet
that bloody spurt or naught
that chicken head lay dead edged
in my 5-year eyes while that
silent squawking chicken’s body
(not elected for that select coop on the upper ledge
behind their barn)
ran circling 5 points round and round, by golly,
in its danced death-exit
ever present in my memory's
round the years--
400 including its 30 Years War--
of distress and despair caused by those Christian ‘apopletics,’
against the remonstrants
by those calvinist 5 sin’ods of dort,
those canons who beheaded van oldenbarnevelt
For those who don’t like analogies and word-play poetry, in plain prose here’s the ethical points:
THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY
Choose instead the Enlightenment of Reason, Justice and Compassion,
Looking to find the beautiful, the awe-widened, transcendent, inherently wonderful?
Check out Daniel's scenic poem bursting forth while traveling along the Columbia Gorge in Oregon, on his way to the Total Eclipse:
To be conundrummed and starbacked, visit Clockwise Cat: Klox and Katz Ink, Issue 38
For those who like a brief nature experience:
"dripping rain" at vox poetica
Visit Contemporary American Voices for 3 more of Daniel's poems,
"Gazing on Gaza,"
"our 'checkered' past,"
and 3 vivid poems by the contemporary poet Charles F. Thielman.
Is it easier for a camel to go through the eye of a poem...?
Check out "Film Over Our Eyes."
Experience Hollywood's wild ire, the roller-coaster excess of youth,
growing up fundamentalist Baptist, all that rollicking rock crazy Oz of the 60's,
and Life itself.
Deal with the moving film over your eyes.
Ready for a little romance? Try "Moon River" at Poetry Pacific.
Again, our 21st century world seems wrapped backward into the savage past as violent jihadists
spread red streams around our green and blue earth. And America's war with the various Muslim sects and governments worsens.
For a history drenched commentary on this,
check out "The Road to Elsewhere," Fish Food Magazine.
Get out and see as much natural wild life as you can. Watching 'them' critters out in the woods is a visual wonder.
But there's another side to the story too, as we discovered in Yosemite last fall.
Read my poetic account, "The Pull-Out Coyote,"
published at the fine poetry magazine, vox poetica.
Experience Daniel's new speculative novel, The Feeling of the Earth, via Kindle e-book now available from Amazon.
The hard copy paperback can also be bought at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, local book stores, and libraries across
the United States.
Look for a suspenseful alternative history/speculative journey through American history.
Meet 3 marsupial alienologists who travel from across the galaxy to study Earth and its human primates, but instead they get caught
up in alien joys, trials, and tribulations--from the Oregon Trail and the American War Between the States
to the Great Depression and the future high-tech world of 2074.
The Feeling of the Earth is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, local bookstores, and libraries.
Then get ready for 2 more books coming your way in late 2019, the 4th collection of Daniel's published poetry,
,Last Things, and an intense present-day suspense thriller, An Eye for the Beheading.
Poems published by various literary magazines include:
Enduring trials, tribulations, or tragedies of life? Read "Nail Holes", at Enhance Literary Magazine.
Ready instead for lines of romantic love? Experience "Roll Ever Columbia" and "Northeast Night."
Deal with nationalism and abortion when they collide in "El Paso" at UnlikelyStories IV.
And visit the horror of human desolation in history when we only use our minds: "Use Your Head?"
Interested in more incomprehensible conundrums? Do a Google sleuth and find washed up pieces of Daniel's poetic driftwood on the vast shores of the Internet.
Travel to the post apocalyptic world, in the war/love speculative story, "The Last Act, " published first by Midwest Literary Magazine. Also, check out Daniel's website: http://lastthings.weebly.com/
No matter what the situation, what the trouble, we humans manage to find a "just" reason to violate millions of other humans.
As one MCC sign declares--
"Just war is just destruction,
Weep for the innocent in "Caught in the Act in Iraq."
Or be shocked into action by Daniel's Christmas poem, "To Whom It Does Not Concern," at protestpoems.org.
Consider the reflection on time and history in "Of Things Past and Present" at Static Movement.
Daniel's wild lines have fallen to print in many magazines including Contemporary American Voices, Poetry Pacific, vox poetica, Fish Food Magazine, Dead Snakes, Mad Swirl, Knot Middle East Literary Journal, Ancient Paths Literary Magazine, The Paradise Review, Mouse Tales Press, The Mindful Review,The Camel Saloon, The Greensilk Journal, hotmetalpress.net, Rubber Lemon, enhance magazine,The New Verse News, Decades Review, Quill and Parchment, Front Porch Review, Counterexample Poetics, The Copperfield Review, Bigger Stones, Eunoia Review, amphibi.us, Poetry Super Highway, Three Line Poetry, The Clockwise Cat, Liturgical Credo, Willows Wept Review, Structo Magazine #4, Four and Twenty, Gloom Cupboard, Clutching at Straws, The Centrifugal Eye, Wild Violet Literary Magazine, Lyrical Passion Poetry, A Handful of Stones, Haiku Journal, Right Hand Pointing, The Bicycle Review, Leaf Garden, The Recusant, Calliope Nerve, Static Movement, Unfettered Verse, outwardlink.net, protestpoems.org, Word Riot,
Moria Poetry, MediaVirus Magazine, Lunarosity, Hanging Moss Journal, The New Verse News, ocean diamond, The Writer's Eye, Mad Swirl, Abandoned Towers, Writer's Ink, The Scruffy Dog Review, Oak Bend Review, Crossing Rivers Into Twilight, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Cherry Blossom Review, Word Catalyst, The Houston Literary Review, Lucid Rhythms, Identity Theory, Halfway Down the Stairs, Frame Lines, Full of Crow, The Externalist, The Driftwood Review, Western Friend Magazine, Flutter Poetry Journal, Frostwriting, Words-Myth, Ink Sweat & Tears, Erbacce Print Journal, Sentinel Poetry Online, The November 3rd Club, the poetry warrior, The Shine Journal, Mississippi Crow Magazine, The Cerebral Catalyst, Anthrozine, Ink, Sweat, & Tears, Stylus Poetry Journal, Idlewheel Literary Friction, The Indite Circle, The Rogue Poetry Journal, The WriteSideUp, La Fenetre International Literary Magazine,The Other Side Magazine, Gambit, etc.
His newest website is selahriver: http://selahriver.com/
Want a little light-hearted, jabberwocky whimsy? Try his humor hangout http://planktonpelican.weebly.com/
Or get political and social at http://buddingzin.weebly.com/
Daniel resides on the coast of California with his mystery-loving wife and a hyper-cat, Fizzy. Besides writing, he reads a lot, shoots photography, and laps up swimming. An old retired backpacker, he dearly misses those switch-backed, wondrous trips. In the past he hiked up the tallest peak in Arizona, to the top of Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevadas, and down into the bottom of the Grand Canyon on many of its South Rim trails. But now Daniel hikes into his computer room each day in the fall of his years:-).
Well, it's not quite that bad. He has hiked up Oregon way, all about the Outer Banks, north in Maine, in Florida, the red rock wild country of the Southwes, and on Virginia Civil War Trails; and he and his wife take nightly strolls on the Central Coast.
*Reference of the Site Logo:
I saw, also, that there was an ocean of darkness and death; but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness. In that also, I saw the infinite love of God, and I had great openings... George Fox
Check out Daniel's blog, Lightwaveseeker, various musings on Ultimate Reality, ethics, religion and social history,
literature, media, and art:
Experience a few of his other poems and stories at http://lightwaveseeker.weebly.com/
Daniel Eugene Wilcox