A Few Words On Dark Lands, My New Book of Poems

So here I am again.  Kicking poetic ass and putting myself back into the arena. It’s where I belong even if it’s not fun sometimes. The new book is called Dark Lands published by Whiskey City Press and it’s met with some truly amazing reviews by such friends as musician & poet of the Australian band The Church Steve Kilbey as well as from many other talented poets and writers who I dearly respect such as Wayne Burke, Jeff Weddle, Ryan Quinn Flanagan, and many others. This book is something different than my past work, words or voice. It’s like spells or incantations or what feels like I channeled the poems from someplace else.  Some other world. The poems are about the earth, the poems are about the things unseen in plain sight. Spirit death magic and bone. Humanity. Fear. It’s been called enlightening, dark and beautiful. Wiccan or metaphysical by some but I invite you to decide that for yourself.  Everyone’s taste is a little different. I’ll be reading as a featured poet at Brass Tacks in Albany on November 5 so I hope that you’ll join me for a few poems and a drink. It should be an interesting night. Copies of the book will be available as well.

“A powerful incantatory work of pure utterance. An Ode of sorts, or manifesto even, to poetry and the powerless invisible strength of language and it’s saving grace, underground or above, unknown or recognized…The cryptic voice of the “Minister/of the Great/Expanse of/Nothing-/(Ness)–the poet, declaiming from the Land of Truth (his truth) & Light & Love. “Dark Lands” a misnomer here. An uncanny transformation occurs in the work: a “transvaluation of values” to quote Nietzsche (Fred not Ray). The quotidian becomes the “inhuman”, dark land of “Fame & Money/Politics & Wealth” while the hidden, mysterious, and gnomic becomes the “human,” where poetry and spirit reside, as well as Self “containing ghost/of necrophysical/ Dreaming.” Self, alone in a “great abyss” and seeking transcendence perhaps–“striv(ing) for one/more evening”–but maybe only needing another drink or cigarette, while “Awaiting/The caress/Of/Dawn.”< “

~ W.F. Burke (on Dark Lands)

Other than that there are a few more projects I have underway including a new channel on YouTube as well as featured readings, new poets reading at The School of Night and a few other collaborations upcoming. No one ever said that pulling a vanishing act for a while is a bad thing. It lets you spend time with your family and friends not to mention get your work published everywhere. If you’re a writer that’s what you do. You write.  Damn the critics or those who tell you otherwise. As a human being, you do what matters most.



R.M. Engelhardt

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