Solitary Ethics Trilogy

The poetic trilogy Solitary Ethics is an exploration of ethical and moral considerations. Book I deals with right action in the context of the experience of the individual will; Book II, in the context of the absolute nature of the essence of being; and Book III in the context of human desire guided by reason. The trilogy…

Esterháza Palace, illuminated at night

Political Insurrection and the Symphony – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden II:II:1

The subject of the poem “Insurrection” is the search for clarity of content in a chosen form. The forms selected are political insurrection and the orchestral symphony, both constrained by the norms of place and society. The setting is in the Hungarian forests, where the insurgents are, and the nearby Esterháza Palace, where Haydn is…

New Brunswick Southern Railway, off Hawthorne Street south of Queen Street West, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, February 3rd, 2008. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden – Four More Excerpts in The Nashwaak Review

Fredericton’s St. Thomas University’s The Nashwaak Review, in its Summer/Fall 2016 issue, has published four more poems from Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, completed in Edmonton in 2015, and which is the second book of three of the poetic sequence on ethical considerations. The sequence begins with Caravaggio’s Dagger (completed Vancouver, 2005), and will conclude…

Farinelli, Poetry, Hendrik Slegtenhorst, Music, Metastasio

Artistic Sinecure – Castrato Farinelli & Philip V of Spain, from Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden II:II:4

“Chamber Musician” appears in the middle part of the second part of Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden. Although written, on Bowen Island, BC, in 2009 and 2010, its origin is earlier. In January, 2006, when reading the Durants’ 1967 Rousseau and Revolution, I came across this recounting of an interesting story of Farinelli, one…

Mount Temple, Canadian Rockies, Alberta (Courtesy: wallpaperweb.org)

Mute Relations – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden II:I:2

The subject of the poem “Alex” is the inability to communicate. It is the second poem in “Courting the Remembrances,” the opening section of “Covenant of the Lost Arias,” which deals with the irreconcilable omissions of personal and social interaction, and which forms the second part of four parts of the book Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden.  It…

Fireweed (Courtesy: Banff Sunshine Meadows)

The Construction of Things – Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden I:I:3

“The Construction of Things” is the first of the four poems that comprise “Dispossession,” the sequence that opens part one of Mahler and Freud Meet in Leiden, “The Covenant of Mortal Dreams.” The theme of the poem is the destruction of environment. It is published in the University of New Brunswick’s The Fiddlehead (Fredericton, NB), 243, 45 (2010).…