6-word review: 2022

A raging storm waning indelible sage.

Happy new year everyone,
all my best.


Reworked: Entropy and the Audacity of Comfort

You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential.

David Goggins

The lies we tell ourselves become the excuses we use to placate our own insecurities.

Embrace change, adversity, and overcome the circumstances. The “obstacle is the way” (Ryan Holiday), because quite simply, that is life. There is no part of life that isn’t the obstacle itself, no matter what lies we tell ourselves.

As humans, we have the audacity to expect comfort, when reality proves time and again that we are promised nothing but the natural systems of entropy that existed long before and will exist long after us.

Just Finished: “Supernova” by Ris V Rose

My friends, today, I’ve gorged myself: On morsels of chocolate, bitter leaves, and honey wine – on smiles and choked down tears alike. 

“Supernova” was everything I needed it to be and a couple things I didn’t expect. A beautiful poetry collection, the blossoming of a harbinger, inspiration, the touch of another’s empathy, and a nostalgic peach. 

Where I often find consistency dull, “Supernova” cast charm upon the subtle nuances of a theme across years of learning. Insight Ris has come to from the depths of sorrow to the vibrance of her life mimicking the metaphor she carried with her throughout. 

Guiding you through the book, Ms. Rose leaves you with the catharsis of her notes: sometimes punchy sarcasm, others deep longing, often both. Not only do they bring you closer to her world, but provide a new lens with which to re-read the passages. I felt a familiarity with the honesty that lurks beneath compared to the sweetness written above. 

More from Ris here!

Journey’s Across the Poetry Community: allpoetry

Happy labor day!

Lately, I’ve made virtual ventures to a wonderful site called All Poetry (AP). I’ve enjoyed my shallow experience there so far, and wanted to leave a review for anyone who’s interest gets piqued. All Poetry features a few perks that make it an exceptional platform for writers and poetry connoisseurs alike.

All Poetry hosts a large community of friendly and welcoming writers. The fellow readers and writers have opened themselves to me as a newcomer. They even have special greeters to make you feel at home. From there, you have options.

Join A Contest

Similar to r/OCpoetry, AP allows writers to submit to contests after providing 2 comments to other posts in the same contest. Some of these contests provide monetary incentives and some are just plain fun. The contests range from the open-free-verse to the hyperspecific. I found this one particularly clever.

Join A Group

Like so many other online platforms, AP allows members to create and join groups. The multitude of those available appears as diverse as the people who reside there. The communities are welcoming and extremely responsive. You can hang in the back or expose yourself to a lot of helpful feedback.

The Technicals

Navigating through the site has been a breeze. Switching from comments, to contests, to your own profile is a cinch and the performance of the site overall feels powerful.
Once you’ve got your bearings, you’re ready to write. The platform offers a simple interface, but has a lot of pre-coded options for fonts and formatting. This interface lends itself to the poet especially as you explore some of the editing options.

That’s all for now!

Of course, you can find yours truly on AP if you’re interested, but I’d be just as happy if you meander over for your own indulgence.

I hope you enjoy your weekend.


Disappointed and Appalled: An Open Letter to the New York Times

Good day, 

This won’t make it to anyone except an unmonitored email generating standard responses or the journalism student interning for less than minimum wage, but hey, what the hell?

I wanted to provide feedback to the New York Times, as a relatively long time reader of several years. I abhor NYT’s coining of the recent political cooperation between Russia, China, and Iran as “the new axis.” I know you did that because scaring people into reading makes you money. Its shock value surpasses the daily basic click-bait bombarding your readers, thus winning today’s battle in viewership. 

While I maintain you have the right to make money, you do not have the right to assist in building the scaffolding of a new war – worldwide or other. Americans do not want another war, and do not need another war. Likely, you took some money on the side from an interested lobbying group to print that out. Or perhaps an NYT executive rubbed shoulders with LD, L3 Harris, or other profiteers of death and destruction this weekend at the golf course and they caught you at a time where NYT needed to pad the bottom line.  

Either way, your rhetoric in this instance is immoral. What our people want and need are basic human rights and a redistribution of wealth. After decades at war, our middle class has been demolished, our relationship with the world community dissolves, and our planet smolders both literally and figuratively. Until your competitors go back to printing Roe v. Wade, you won’t go back to covering the loss of human rights because you feed on fresh dissent, not on moral principle. You won’t talk about wealth disparity until you need to save face either. 

Still, I plead, at least do not so flippantly toss around the concept of world war 3 as if hundreds of thousands of civilians as collateral and thousands of America’s poor as soldiers don’t stand to lose their lives because of it. 

Their deaths are on your hands now.