About the author

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran

Main influences in poetic style are multi-lingual and include:  1) the existentialist literary movement, 2) the hermeticism poetic movement, 3) 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, Anais Nin, Efrain Huerta, Jaime Sabines, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz, Jose Saramago

Sincerely,
D. Ogyen

Favorite Quotations:

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

36 thoughts on “About the author”

  1. You are an amazing writer 🙂

  2. Caddo Veil said:

    Hi! You’ve mentioned most of my faves here–and I love the opening quote by K Gibran! Thanks for visiting my blog–I appreciate it, and will try to get back here from time to time. God bless you abundantly.

  3. I have nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award chica and I hope you know that you inspire me 😀

  4. Spread Information nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can pick up the award details here and congratulations! You inspire us everyday!
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  5. Beautiful words and thoughts

  6. I mean this literally and with no sarcasm: you are a real writer and do real work. I’m flattered you read my blog and kind of embarrassed at how much crap I post that you must have seen. -Drew

    • Daphne Ogyen said:

      Your kindness is deeply appreciated. I like your blog, you have a knack for capturing something about the essential brokeness of humanity that speaks to me. I don’t mean that in a depressed way, more like a fine portrayal of your own human condition….there’s something tender and awkward and at the same time classic that I find endearing. keep writing, your poetry is my favorite of your work!

  7. I think I may start going through your collective works at some point today. Not all at once, i’m not insane – yet. Reading another person’s poetry is always exhausting…

    but now that i’ve seen your list of influences…

    This is the part where I pick up my chopsticks and drum-roll. I’m starting to wonder what, stylistically are my influences. For the most part I have issues finding my own voice. Paradoxically, i’m able to mimic other writers’ styles with a great deal of accuracy. ( I should figure out how to upload my abandoned expansion of Tolkien’s Silmarillion into novels.)

    Downside, i’m like the boat that sits upon the sea of thought between trade winds. Nothing to lift the sails, so when inspiration is fleeting I literally stop writing. The Muse stops talking and even music to me is dead.

    Haven’t seen you post anything in a few days, i’ll take that as a hope that thoughts are gestating in your mind. If you’re busy, don’t forget to make time to write!

    • Daphne Ogyen said:

      haha, thanks for not being insane. I have a bit of work in those collections.

      I am brewing bits and pieces. I have three pieces in between trade winds, something new also bubbling. Some pieces are just harder to birth than others .. we’ll see what comes out first. Also insanely busy with work, kids, surviving. If poetry is the ash, as Leonard Cohen says, the proof that your life is burning welll… then there’s a poem coming due soon, I burning all kinds. stay tuned…

      • I cannot say I have been so productive. I am a flightless bird according to Plato – and to my doctor a grounded runner with a stress fracture in his left ankle. I never made it around to looking at ANY of your stuff today -slap on wrist-

        There is always the morning that is a few hours away!

        Where there is life there is a Poet – or a poet.

        Of course there is a very real difference between a Poet and a poet. During those long months of my freshman year at college, I discovered that the difference between being a Poet as opposed to a poet was the difference between being struck by lightning and merely watching a distant, unopposed lightning display.

      • Daphne Ogyen said:

        I discovered that the difference between being a Poet as opposed to a poet was the difference between being struck by lightning and merely watching a distant, unopposed lightning display.

        I love that! struck by Uranian lightning even! it does feel that way. 60% of what I write comes out me in under 30 mins. Sometimes in one rapid delivery. then I come out of it wondering what just happened, haha

  8. I love the breathe of your poetry: inspiring and rich!

    • Daphne Ogyen said:

      thank you Tshombe! your comments inspire me to write with care.. I appreciate that you don’t miss much.

  9. hello ogyen.Thanks for following my blog http://shareyourarticles.wordpress.com/ You have a very nice blog here. I love your collections! Keep spreading the joy and beauty by poem and writing to the world, my friend.
    Thanks Cyril

  10. You are so very refreshing, i am glad to embrace your words!

  11. You are an amazing writer – thank you for coming to my blog and leading me to yours. I love the marriage of modern day and mythology/alchemy/spiritual etc in your work – it is so unique and powerful. Also, you quoted one of my all time favourite Leonard Cohen lines…the song that comes from makes me cry when I sing along with it. I think I will relate to, and thoroughly enjoy, so much of your work. 🙂

    • Daphne Ogyen said:

      We ourselves are the marriage of modern and ancient. This blood in our veins, is it not the exact same substance that flowed through our ancestors, new yet old? I look forward to reading with you. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Leonard is the swizzlestick of my poetic musings… haha.

      • Leonard Cohen is a god. 🙂 And I agree, we carry our ancestry with us, we are part of what has been as much as we are part of what will be. 🙂

  12. Liked it:
    no mud, no lotus

  13. I love that….no mud…no lotus. *Very true.*

  14. I am sorry – it’s the kid in me; I got given an award and I’d like to pass it on. You have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. To see what on earth this is all about have a look at http://mlewisredford.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/versatile-blogger-award/. If you want to accept the award you have to do some stuff to get the badge and the little bit of publicity. If you want to accept the award quietly (then let’s just keep it between ourselves – it is still nonetheless genuinely offered).

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  16. Thanks for following my blog! Your work is beautiful!

  17. I wish there was a way to bookmark your poetry as to where I left off. I love your writing.

  18. Your poetry is amazing and very inspiring. There is a very natural and beautiful flow to your words. I look forward to spending much time reading and enjoying more. .

  19. Your Blog is great! I had the pleasure of discovering it, now I follow it! You write so well my dear, keep on doing so! Thank you for following http://dalavoie.wordpress.com

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