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I'm open for requested critiques - mainly free verse poetry, but I'll consider other forms. Please note me with a link or links to pieces you would like critiqued, and I will add them to the list.

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matron by InkatMidnight

Little Submarines by ohara1901

Freediving by indiana-w

Name That Baby by xlntwtch

This, My Father Talk by TheGlassIris
Ghost by TheGlassIris
Portrait with Mourners and Childless Couple by TheGlassIris

remembering by ersatz-moon

Wasteland by Infractusgrace

Wings of Glass by Klei-Brandybear

space by Tomea

Rivalry by akkajess

House of Life Lessons by belcanto2

My sorrow by TheIcyGlaceon

Roller Dove by Canis44
A Year Spent With Delirious Wounds by Canis44

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My deviantART Story

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 7, 2014, 6:12 PM
I thought I would participate in dA's 14th birthday celebration by showing my development as a poet for the 7 years I've been on this website through some select pieces (and so I can score the badge).

beingof all things
be in wonderment

The very first piece I uploaded was a short verse poem called "being" that may still stand today as my most spiritual and philosophical poem.  It encompasses and summarizes my highest goal as a human being, and I thought it appropriate to be the first piece I published on dA. It really set the tone for my entire experience here.

souls high kites with holessouls are high kites with holes, the sky is like a crystal ball
Blue sky harrow:
How lost for adjectives
Are we
To break our fast up there
Sugar, tea, and birdsong?
Of course, kites, souls
Curiosities, wind being free
While we, ground strung Gullivers
Flat beneath the
Colossal eye
We're watchers
Of the wolcen burnspot
Pupil paling
West, always
What do I call myself?
My sex deliquesced
An epicene, I'm a lover of honey bees
And toadstools
With plume
For tongue,
A curling fern:
We slip around like
Chartreuse chimera
In Lilliput ponds.
We dive in as
The tadpoles stop
To blend
At the empty
Of an underwater statue-
Arms like levers:
Blackening the coats
And peeling back
Crystal tortoise-shells;
Stripping time of
Itself –
We see the sky
Where it is skyless;
It remains an opal;
Patternless and
A sunken
In the bowl
Of your

My very first daily deviation was a collab with Piscesandthediamonds called "Souls High Kites with Holes".  That was the first real exposure I received for something I had posted on dA.

Blackbird Pupilsdon’t look at me
with those eyes
speckled brown
bluebird green and hazel-ache
mine, already hollowed out
tapetum breached
and daily leak-
i cannot bear your
knowing glance
you’d see all those wax demonshades
you’d know the clockworks run
i read some other poet,
his words were blackice bludgeoners, soundless suturing socket spikes,  hammergods, each one,
the last cicada to flee the moult.
but he hasn’t the orbs to ruin me.
almost no one has

"Blackbird Pupils" remains one of my all time personal favorite poems on dA.

                                                     hundred nights
                                                (the triple lunes that

My poem "Comforter" was my 2nd DD, and it ended up being one of my most popular poems. It was my first real attempt at a concrete poem.

PetrichorI walk without an errand for the mind.
I must be homeless.
Neighboring enclaves separate our spaces,
belie their builders’ mirthless exhaustion.
Not even necessity can be blamed  
for these mud-struck, brittle gourds,
these quick nests of vasculous organs
pulsing with their peculiar tyrannies,
briefly scuttling from their hovels
like sun refugees
darting into gleaming storefronts
waffled in concrete misery  
all to forestall the end of their souls.
Where can we go when we only want to breathe?
Sitting in a park bench,
trillion-visioned, crowned with galaxies,
I can rest my weary invention.
I sense the weight of an unseen player,
a secret stratagem
as she moves her piece into the glade.
I’m set in place, yet unopposed.
Uncombined with lovers, children,
the slow parade of trees and heat,
I lay beside these stalwarts,
at once, still and hurtling
throughout the travesty of time.
I assemble a cumulus intelligence
near the playground,
threatening Summer with three days

"Petrichor" is the last poem I posted on dA.  It's been a long ride, deviantART, 7 years!  Guess I've been here for over half your interwebz lifetime.


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Artist | Literature
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words cannot describe what i really am

Current Residence: north texas
Favourite style of art: abstract impressionism, free verse
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I'm the founder over at :iconword-smiths:.

Please join us there and share your literature with us.

I'm the founder at :iconthesimulacrum:

Dedicated to short verse.

I'm the founder at :iconmind-syndicate:.

Let's mesh.

I'm the founder at :iconvicious-verse:.

Integrate the shadow.

I'm the founder at :iconda-literature:.

All literature is welcome.

I'm an admin at :iconburdenedhearts:.

Uniting, supporting, surviving.

I'm an admin at :iconprosepoetry-elegance:.

For excellence in writing.



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jade-pandora Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
. . . and to you, Shane,
Merry-Christmas 2015 by KmyGraphic
Hades-Flower Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Is the group TheSimulacrum still active? It doesn't appear to be. I'm looking for a short-form poetry group.
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Writer
The group is active, yes. We don't get a huge number of submissions, and the group is fairly selective on the pieces we vote to accept. 
AbalamAnderson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May I kindly ask you for you're opinion on my newest piece ? I Am Hate
I have also sent you a Llama, Fav'd some of your wonderful pieces and I became a Watcher!
Thank you! Oh, and your awesome :D
Wolf Uhh 
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014   Writer
To be perfectly honest, I'm not really into the style of work you do.  Also, the results of doing a simple google search of the image you linked me to, as well as another in your "series", show that they look suspiciously similar to pieces that someone else already posted online years prior to yours.

Additionally, adding people to your watch and quickly collecting their stuff without really reading it (evidenced by the fact that you added my poems seconds apart to a folder called "Awesome Stories") leads me to believe that you are not really interested in their art.  I recommend that you consider altering your strategy for getting feedback.
CloudsWhisperer Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so very much for adding me to your Deviantwatch, I hope that you have a lovely day. Hug
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014   Writer
No problem.  You too. :)
metamage Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for faving THERE BE DRAGONS!
Dudet19 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thank you very much for the llama :happybounce: 
Dudet19 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thank you for the favorite :)
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