A Letter to a Muse
Part II, Parodies and Parities
The subsequent half of the book consist of entries inspired by other poet's celebrated work. Some are purposeful parodies, others playful parities—all serious inquisition and introspection. The vast majority of these poems were written in response to the reading of the other poem, and a scant few simply thematically matched previously written work. I am currently working on illustrating those and will post them to the site as they are finished. I wil try to provide a link to the other author's poem if it is available on the Web. Otherwise, I will only cite the poet's name and poem's title, so as not to infringe copyrights.
I have noted the source of inspiration for the poems of part two at the bottom left-hand corner of each page. If my poem was composed subsequent to reading someone else’s poem the footnote is written as “afflatus (divine inspiration): title of poem, author.” However, if my poem was written before, and I found there simply to be a significant similarity that subsequently merited a comparison, than the notation begins “arcades ambo (of the same ilk): title of poem, author.” If I was able to find the esteemed poem online, a link will be provided simply by clicking on the blue arrow which is located at the bottom right-hand side of the page.
I would like to acknowledge all the muses past, present and future who inspire my work, life herself being the most giving one. I am forever grateful.
Most of all I would like to thank the most important muse in my life, my wife, Domenica. As my partner and as the mother of our two boys, I am overjoyed to be fortunate enough to have her as both the gracious matron of our family and the guiding light that makes our humble house into a home.
I dedicate this here humble work to you,
to throw buckets of light into the shadows and make life new again."
~ A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman