Duane Locke

In Issue 1 on May 1, 2008 at 10:30 am

Yang Chu’s Poems 148

Living in a stump land, longing for the voices
Of forests and its symbols, its twigs that talk
A silent, tactile language of truth, not the lies
Spoken in the language of popular opinion,
The language that is the people’s opium,
Living in this land when and where
The advice of the older is venom,
The advice of the young conjures violence,
The advice of the middle aged is “I-They” slavery,
Living in this location, I seek another language,
A language of non-dual perception, a language
That fuses the binary opposites into a new force,
A language that abolishes the separation
Of subject and object, of the ordinary and the mystic.

Duane Locke lives in rural Lakeland, Florida a few feet from osprey nest. Has Ph. D. (Metaphysical Poetry).

As of January 2008, has had 5,935 poems published in print magazines and e zines (Not one poem self-published or paid for to be published. Also, I do not subscribe to magazines that publishes my poems). Have had 17 print and e books published. Have many poems, over twenty books, that I have not prepared in manuscript for publication.

Also a painter and photographer. Paintings have appeared in many exhibitions, winning a number of awards and are in permanent collections of museums. A discussion of my paintings appears in Gary Monroe’s Extraordinary Interpretations (U of FL press.)

Have had 209 photos published in e zines and magazines. Some have been used for book and magazine covers. My photos have been close-up of trash, what people have tossed away, but now mainly on what might be called “abstractions” or visual music and nature photographs, birds, and close-up of small insects. Once, I was ranked by the PSA as one of the top twenty nature photographers in the United States.

Occupation: The study of philosophy. My favorite philosophers are Nietzsche, Hegel, and Heidegger. I believed that the Western mind had been misdirected by its inheritance of the Platonic-Cartesian tradition, and thus practically everybody believes lies to be the truth and speak a language of lies. The purpose of a poet is to start with the language of lies spoken by people and strive to convert the language of lies into a language of truth (Whatever truth is).

Also, I believe that most opinions expressed about poetry are nonsense. Most of our poetry axiologists are self-deluded.

For more information, interviews, publications, awards click on the search engines of Google. I am listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in America.

  1. Duane, whatever happened to those Boxcar anthologies you were
    thinking of publishing about 30 years ago at Summer Stream Press?
    Or am I thinking about some other Duane?

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