Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The HyperTexts.com

Now that the hubbub of my book signings is behind me, it's time to forsake shameless self- promotion and tackle other topics. I've been meaning to talk about The HyperTexts website for awhile and now is the ideal time.

Editor Mike Burch believes that more can be accomplished internationally by reaching out with WORDS rather than with guns and bombs. Visiting this website is always an exhilarating and enlightening adventure. It's easy to navigate and positively loaded with memorable poetry and essays. Burch carefully chooses gems written by past poetic masters and new, compelling offerings from contemporary poets.

At The Hypertexts you can read the best of Edna St. Vincent Millay, John Donne, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lord Byron, Shakespeare, Plath, Kipling, T.S. Eliot, Yeats, Shelley, Longfellow and a hundred other poetic icons of the past. Of equal importance to the mix are international poets laboring under often grim conditions in our modern age. Pay close attention to these names: Jerzy Ficowski; Miklos Radnoti; Blaga Dimitrova; Nadia Anjuman; Mahnaz Badihian; Makoto Fujimura; Soufi Mostafavi. Burch seeks out and publishes an astonishing array of translations. Each one is well worth reading.

A new feature added recently is In Peace's Arms. Featured here are Hungarian, Afghani, Iranian, Czech, American, English, Indian, and Russian poets -- the famous and not so famous -- who speak out against all forms of war and subjugation. Another popular feature, Mysterious Ways, addresses life's great mysteries, and sometimes God's place in it, through the provocative voices of known and unknown poets.

For those who prefer lighter fare, Wit and Fluff and Rock Jukebox are whimsical and fun. Yes, The HyperTexts has so much to offer that I can't possibly discuss every feature here. I'll let readers make those discoveries themselves. Whether you like rhyming, metered poetry or modern free form, are a committed anti-war activist or a Romantic, a tortured deep thinker in search of answers or a frolicsome funloving spirit, you will find something to feed your senses at www.thehypertexts.com.

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