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to the 21st century, poets have gazed at the heavens, trying to unlock the mystery and beauty of the cosmos in verse. In his charming new collection, DARKLIGHT, Leonard H. Roller, one of those poetic seekers, leavens his fascination with the cosmos and love of writing poetry with a gentle humor that will leave readers chuckling while they ponder the great celestial questions and What It All Means. Greece
In the 77 poems in DARKLIGHT, Roller employs a range of poetic styles – from classical sonnets to free verse – to present his unique vision of such astronomical concepts as black holes, dark energy, the “Big Bang” theory, white dwarf stars , multiverses, the possible beginning and end of our universe and the existence of God.
A single universe is not enough
For God—behold the multiverse!
Many cosmos, made mostly of dark stuff,
Coexisting for better or for worse.
Unnumbered worlds, procession of dimensions,
Uncounted hosts of heavens and hells
All held in thrall by divine intentions,
Vibrating throughout time in parallels,
Endless firmaments, endless myriads
All generated by the single Word.
Infinity of strings both good and bad
That the Almighty tunes to chords.
Extensions of the touch of divine might,
The Lord keeps strumming ’til He gets it right.
Leonard H. Roller was born in
. He holds a BA degree in journalism from Elizabeth, New Jersey , an MA in comparative literature from New York University . He has worked as an actor and public relations executive whose clients included such stars as Audrey Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Joan Crawford, Paul Newman, and others. He’s been a communications consultant for Lockheed, Mattel, and Hilton Hotels and Resorts. He has served as a French translator for the U. S. Army in Columbia University , where he spent leave time climbing in the France Alps. The author of a communications training text The Profits of Persuasion (International Resources, 1986), his poems have been published in The Lyric, Pearl, The Storyteller, Deronda Review, Ancient Paths, Snowy Egret, Space and Time Magazine, Thema, California Quarterly, and many others.
His latest book is a book of poetry, Darklight.
Visit his website at www.leonardhroller.com.
What an interesting book of poetry. It's sure to be interpreted different for everyone though, and having a like or love for science probably helps too.
There were a lot of words I had to look up. I don't mind that though as it expands my knowledge. I'm into science but my terminology knowledge is scarce.
Even with that, there were a few poems that stood out to me. I really enjoyed these ones a lot. First, 'Replication' grabbed me. I felt the power of infinity for sure. I also really liked, 'White Dwarf's Lament'. It was a clever way of introducing someone to what cooling embers or low-mass stars are. My favorite though is, 'Newton's Third Law'. Every action has a negative and positive reaction, and this poem showcases that clearly.
Really great writing! I'm glad I got to read it and hope to read more from this author.
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