Rebirth 2020

After a long hiatus, I am returning to thomasfortenberry.net

It’s been four years since I posted regularly. Much has changed in the world, yet tragically much remains the same. Though these are indeed dark days, I continue to believe that humanity prevails, society evolves, and individuals find joy. Shall we continue our intellectual journey? So many worlds to explore!

We have precisely the amount of time that we have. Let us imagine, and let us create…

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Rediscovering Lost Civilizations and Found Adventures

I have successfully moved my old review series, “Lost Civilizations and Found Adventures,” back over to my website. It ran in 2017 on Bibliorati. LCFA has it’s own heading now (see above) and most of the older reviews are here.

Hopefully I will be able to add new entries to the series soon–as time allows.

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Doubts Like Broken Strings

A thousand times a thousand
Doubts broke their strings
And fell off my tripping feet
Trying to weigh me down like forgotten luggage
In the empty station of late
Trains and dreams
Without arrivals, without destinations
Only they did
Not succeed and after that fail
I dead-lifted the mountain of weight
Less fear and rose again
To roar and soar
Out of down down downtown
Into the effervescent air
Of there and tomorrow and thanks
For this season of cheers


(TCF 2020)

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I Want to Talk You

I figured out our communication error
We don’t actually know how to talk
To each other, enjoy each other
Verbally, idea to idea, word to word
Because all we’ve ever done is make love
So now all I have to do is you
And me and us in conversational tones
Enjoy the flow and surge and ebb
Relax into breathless moments
Between jokes and stories
About you and me doing oral

[c 2016 Thomas Fortenberry]

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Your Smile

Echo of laughter
Hanging the night sky with love
Smile of crescent moon

[c 2016 Thomas Fortenberry]

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I Have Loved a River

I loved a river
And she was wild
Untamed and flowing
Churning, chaotic

I went over the top and fell
Was tumbled and beaten
Half to death, broken
Nearly drowned in her depths

But I have never lived
More fully, completely
And I would take the plunge
Again and again and again

[c 2016 Thomas Fortenberry]

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Mosaic

I swept up the shattered
Pieces and started to throw them
Up in the air with fucking
Euphoria but realized trash doesn’t fly
So I collapsed inside, blackholed
But then puddled there in misery
I finally saw the truth spreading out
Around me like sand in the desert
Each jagged, broken piece
Was unique and glittering
In the dawn of possibility
And so raining iridescent grains
Of heart, of art
I began to assemble a mosaic
A mandala, a new way
Forward, the past reassembled
In the wholly new face of the future
Mapping eternity.

[c2016 thomas fortenberry]

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