~Quodlibet (LXXXI-LXXXIV)~

WordWulf By WordWulf, 14th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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quodlibet /’kwad/ n 1: a philosophical or theological point proposed for disputation; also : a disputation on such a point 2: a whimsical combination of familiar melodies or texts. (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)

~Howling Dog Press~

Michael Annis (Senior editor of Howling Dog Press):
“I published the entire Quodlibet in the OMEGA literary magazine online series. It is an amazing, gargantuan poem filled with some of the toughest writing you will come across. Profound, harrowing cantos of dark beauty, billowing with flames of passion, remorse, grace, despair and defiance. The howl of the WordWulf is terrifying to behold: terrifying with magnificence and truth.”

Re: Tom Sterner, applicant
Guggenheim Fellowships

To the Guggenheim Fellowship Committee,

This is a letter of reference in behalf of Tom’s Sterner’s application for a Guggenheim Fellowship.

I have known Tom Sterner and his literary work for the past 6 years. I’ve published him in numerous online and print publications, including “COST OF FREEDOM: The Anthology of Peace & Activism,” and several of the OMEGA online literary magazines in that series.

I’m also acquainted with his writing, both published and unpublished, which has not appeared in books and magazines produced by Howling Dog Press, a United States publisher, for which I serve as Senior Editor.

Because of the consistent excellent quality of Tom Sterner’s writing, his disciplined devotion to his craft, and the sheer number of pieces produced by him, I nominate Tom for a Guggenheim. I believe he is one of those rare writers who truly deserve to be supported by the Guggenheim, and I believe the Guggenheim committee will find that if they select Tom, their support has been given to a writer who will honor their trust in him. My opinion of Tom Sterner is that he is one of the best writers this country has produced in many years, consistently tackling difficult subjects with vigor, intelligence, experiential knowledge, superior style, originality, and uncompromising honesty.
Sincerely,
Michael Annis
Senior Editor, Howling Dog Press

~LXXXI. Eruption of Light~

~each dawn speaks to my knees~
~a promise of some sacred violence~
~light appearing in trumpet blasts~
~blows me down, an ancestor~
~whispers, “toldja, toldja so”~
~a balance of worms~
~gold dust and skin~
~tinkle of thin zipper~
~elastic snap hymen truth~
~if god is not sun and moon~
~who are you~
~a sadder truth for certain~
~issue dying on your belly~
~life has taught us to our knees~
~now we may kiss her dawn~

~LXXXII. Royal Shaft~

~she is ransomed once more~
~keeps half for herself~
~customary split~
~the king laughs at her childish games he~
~smoothes his crimson robe~
~arranges for his mother-in-law~
~to be burned at the stake~
~“Honey, I’ll pack my own lunch~
~isn’t this your day with the therapist?”~

~each breath is a draw~
~the last card (train)~
~always pulls out at midnight~

~LXXXIII. Visions of Nietzsche~

~self loathing, poetic ~
~ego-trippin’, silly-assed fool~
~self absorbed and resolute~
~passing proof ignorance is bliss~
~a bird, a wing, fire in its blinking eye~
~maniac madman, rabid ~

~dog computer junkie~
~this man loves himself~
~assesses with hooded eye~
~like a bad gangster~
~dumps memories down a well~
~proceeds to invent tomorrow~

~LXXXIV. Secrets & Warriors~

~can’t believe she said tube~
~is there a time when it’s worse~
~damn straight, yes it is~
~I mean your breathing, day or night~
~yes I believe it is~
~this lady is beautiful laughing~
~serves herbal tease~

~from her garden grocery~
~is determined to fix me up~
~a phat cat joins her~
~scratching and stretching~
~there are secrets in women’s hearts~
~warriors in their bed~


~Tom (WordWulf) Sterner~
~Esplanade~
~Curse of Days~
~Howling Dog Press/Omega~
~Quodlibet (LXXVII-LXXX)~

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I write novels, poetry, songs,nonsense & lies. Sometimes truth sneaks in when I ain't lookin'.

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author avatar Buzz
15th Jul 2011 (#)

Tom, that was an spectacular article! Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Phoenix Montoya
15th Jul 2011 (#)

Very nice poetic lines. Thanks for the share, could be handy for me.

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author avatar Maria Malone
15th Jul 2011 (#)

Dear Tom, Congrats on being nominated for a Guggenheim!! What a wonderful letter from Howling Dog Press Senior Editor and I agree with Mr. Annis that your poems, including these wonderful examples, are "consistently tackling difficult subjects with vigor, intelligence, experiential knowledge, superior style, originality, and uncompromising honesty."
Well done!!

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
15th Jul 2011 (#)

nice share worldwulf.

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author avatar Retired
15th Jul 2011 (#)

Congrats on your nomination for Guggenheim! I agree with that editor's comments:

Profound, harrowing cantos of dark beauty, billowing with flames of passion, remorse, grace, despair and defiance. The howl of the WordWulf is terrifying to behold: terrifying with magnificence and truth.”

Best of luck.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
16th Jul 2011 (#)

I must say i read this through twice but it all seems confusing to me ... I don't understand it. I'll sit with a dictionary the 3rd time around.

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author avatar WordWulf
16th Jul 2011 (#)

Sorry, Crystal, it's avant/garde, hinge philosophy, coming straight off the top, bottom of the gut. I've won several awards with this epic & will soon have it published in a book with my artwork. Likely this sounds like the raving of a lunatic to you. Likely that is what it is:-)

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author avatar Pink&Blue
16th Jul 2011 (#)

Congrats on your work Wordwulf it must be a great honor.

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Jul 2011 (#)

Congrats on your nomination Tom! I am delighted for you my friend..\0/

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