Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
The Heart Drive Press is a synthesis of the life wisdom attained through the specific modern reality of physical mass production, the emotional turmoil that living today generates, and the ever expanding horizon of our ideals with the technological conditions of this age. The aim is to look at the modern world through ageless wisdom, the many forefathers and mothers who struggled to integrate the same challenges in their times.
As polyglot, my main influences and inspirations are multi-lingual and include: 1) the european existentialist literary movement, 2) the italian hermeticism poetic movement, 3) american modernism and free-verse, 4) wisdom writing, 5) life.
Personal literary influences include but are not limited to: Robert Frost, T.S Eliot, Albert Camus, Rumi, Kahlil Gibran, Samuel Beckett, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lao Tzu, Pablo Neruda, Federico Garcia Lorca, Edgar Allan Poe, Eugenio Montale, Umberto Saba, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Salvatore Quasimodo, Hafiz, Dante Alighieri, Gabriele D’Annunzio, Giacomo Leopardi, Francesco Petrarca, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolo Machiavelli, Dante Alighieri, Luigi Pirandello, William Blake, e.e.cummings, Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Shelley, Oscar Wilde, John Keats, Antonio Machado, Gabriela Mistral, César Vallejo, Walt Whitman, Rudyard Kipling, Leonard Cohen, Anaïs Nin, Efrain Huerta, Jaime Sabines, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz, Jose Saramago, and many others.
no mud, no lotus. – anonymous
“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” –Leonard Cohen
“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.” –Arundhati Roy
“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” –T. S. Eliot
“Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.” —Plutarch
“Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.” –Edgar Allan Poe
“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” — Leonard Cohen
“Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.” –Salvatore Quasimodo
“La pluma es la lengua del alma: cuales fueren los conceptos que en ella se engendraren, tales serán sus escritos.” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote