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There is no consciousness in our universe
outside this fragile eggshell of our skulls
where virtual worlds shimmer in our sponge brains. 
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Autistic Child
© Surazeus
2014 03 20

My son is staring at the wall.
He never answers when I call.
I lost him in his silent dreams.
He is an angel in sunbeams.
Where do you wander in your maze of dreams
my sweet autistic child?

My infant son was bright and sweet.
He giggled when he heard birds tweet.
But something happened to his mind.
The light inside his eyes went out.
Where do you wander in your maze of dreams
my sweet autistic child?

Are you riding a unicorn
somewhere beyond the world I see?
Are you dancing on rainbow beams
and sprinkling stardust on our heads?
Are you shooting a bow of light
like Orion hunting wild wolves?
Are you planting new flower seeds
that blossom from sidewalks and streets?
Are you carving snowflakes from ice
that capture sparkle of your eyes?
Are you listening to my sad voice
when I read you old story books?
Are you building a universe
in the galaxy of your mind?

My son is staring at the sky.
I search for his soul in his eyes.
He is a door without a key.
Now he pretends he is a tree.
Where do you wander in your maze of dreams
my sweet autistic child?
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Thales Predicts Eclipse During Battle
Water of Thales
Hermead of Surazeus

Wind blows his white robe and long silver hair
as Thales holds both hands high toward blue sky,
and shouts loud when warriors stop clashing swords
at moment moon shrouds sun, and gloom descends,
blotting bright glaring sun that disappears,
and still silent hush chills their shuddering hearts.

This excerpt will be in Science of Hermes Volume 2,
which I will publish in July 2014.
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Deserted Island Cartoon
Surazeus
2014 03 19

The bearded man on a deserted island
looks up from the book of poems he is reading
and sees Malaysian flight 370 glide past.
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I cannot draw, so I had to make my cartoon a poem.
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Phoenix Flames
© Surazeus
2012 02 10

I walked old signless roads when I was young
and never heard what hymns young angels sang.
In chessboard land where everyone stakes claim
I stake no claim to land outside my heart.
Our nation soon will burn in Phoenix flames
then rise up reborn, stronger than before.

Five thousand prophets singing spells on stage
ate sea fish dying carpenter once fried.
Who placed old scroll of lost dreams on my tongue
commanding I explain what mirrors hide.
Our nation soon will burn in Phoenix flames
then rise up reborn, stronger than before.

I searched for princess I could crown my queen
and found one hundred lonely laughing girls.
I turned and saw her walking by my side
mute skeleton angel clear as star glass.
Our nation soon will burn in Phoenix flames
then rise up reborn, stronger than before.

I am confident you will find your way
through right door open to your paradise.
I walked through my own gate to heaven last
and tend lush thriving garden of my dreams.
Our nation soon will burn in Phoenix flames
then rise up reborn, stronger than before.

Would Zoroaster light your home hearth fire
or Apollon sing at your wedding feast.
Would Jesus take your place for secret crime
or Krishna drive your chariot straight to war.
Our nation soon will burn in Phoenix flames
then rise up reborn, stronger than before.

Our Lady Liberty on storm-wracked beach
carries torch of freedom to light our way.
We gather in ruins of religious books
and share new tales of our own questing lives.
Our nation soon will burn in Phoenix flames
then rise up reborn, stronger than before.
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One Single Mind
Oscar Wilde

I should have said that great artists worked unconsciously,
that they were “wiser than they knew,”
as, I think, Emerson remarks somewhere,
but it is really not so. All fine imaginative work
is self-conscious and deliberate. No poet sings
because he must sing. At least, no great poet does.  
A great poet sings because he chooses to sing.
It is so now, and it has always been so.
We are sometimes apt to think that the voices
that sounded at the dawn of poetry were simpler,
fresher, and more natural than ours,
and that the world which the early poets
looked at, and through which they walked,
had a kind of poetical quality of its own,
and almost without changing could pass into song.
The snow lies thick now upon Olympus,
and its steep, scraped sides are bleak and barren,
but once, we fancy, the white feet of the Muses
brushed the dew from the anemones in the morning,
and at evening came Apollo to sing to the shepherds
in the vale. But in this we are merely lending
to other ages what we desire, or think we desire,
for our own. Our historical sense is at fault.
Every century that produces poetry is, so far,
an artificial century, and the work that seems to us
to be the most natural and simple product of its time
is always the result of the most self-conscious effort.
There is no fine art without self-consciousness,
and self-consciousness and the critical spirit are one.
The longer one studies life and literature,
the more strongly one feels that behind everything
that is wonderful stands the individual,
and that it is not the moment that makes the man,
but the man who creates the age. Indeed,
I am inclined to think that each myth and legend
that seems to us to spring out of the wonder,
or terror, or fancy of tribe and nation,
was in its origin the invention of one single mind.
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When I was 20 in 1984
while attending a christian college,
I realized god was a social construct
based on politically powerful men,
then I read Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche,
then I changed my name to Simon
and decided to be a poet.

Here is a fascinating review about Nietzsche and Atheism.

The ghost at the atheist feast:
was Nietzsche right about religion?
John Gray reviews
“The Age of Nothing” by Peter Watson
and “Culture and the Death of God” by Terry Eagleton.
http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/03/ghost-atheist-feast-was-nietzsche-right-about-religion
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My poetics in writing my epic
about philosophers and scientists
involves representation of human character
through exploration of the human urge
to investigate and understand this world,
and explain its functions according to natural laws
based on provable observations.
The heroes of my epic are people
who ask questions and accept answers
based on mechanisms of cause and affect
in the process of construction and destruction
for the world is made of glowing atoms
that swirl and swerve in a vast void.
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Necessary Utterance
On Poetry As a Cultural Force
Natasha Trethewey
Virginia Quarterly Review

The poem showed me that I was not alone
in the experience of being alone
in my suffering, that—​across time and space—​
others had and would continue to suffer,
and that a single voice could speak
into the silences, the emptiness
that my mother’s death left in my life.
This is the great cultural force of poetry.
In its intimacy, the individual voice
of the poem can show us ourselves
by showing us the interior life of someone else,
can inspire in us great empathy—​a sacred gift—​
and can bring us back from the depths of despair.

http://www.vqronline.org/necessary-utterance
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A Shropshire Lad
A.E. Housman

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

The Tragi-Comedy of A.E. Housman
Anthony Daniels
New Criterion
http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-tragi-comedy-of-A--E--Housman-7859
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Pen Name: Surazeus Astarius Jesuvius Gothinus. Legal Wallet Name: Simon Seamount. Birth Name: Albert Bruce Craig II. SecondLife Name: Surazeus Thor
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Angelus of Anglonesia. 

I am a cartographer, geospatial analyst, and terrain developer by day, and epic poet by night. 

I am writing an epic poem in blank verse titled Hermead about scientists and inventors of civilization. This bible for atheists and scientists is now 80,000 lines of blank verse covering the lives of 25 Greek philosophers.

http://facebook.com/Hermead

You can read 5,000 lines, part of the invocation, several speeches, and the complete tale of Platon, free at http://scribd.com/surazeus

My legal name is Simon Seamount though I was born Albert Bruce Craig II. My mother's maiden name Seamount is from the Swedish name Sjoberg.

I use the name Surazeus as my pen name.

I have been writing narrative poems for 25 years and have recently organized them into books and ebooks.

eBooks for Kindle on Amazon.
http://amzn.to/jzG4vi

The following books contain about 2000 poems each which I wrote over the past 25 years which are available print-at-purchase at Lulu.com publishing site.
http://lulu.com/angeliad

Takomiad of Surazeus - $34.99
Goddess of Takoma. 1984 to 1992.
http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/takomiad---goddess-of-takoma/16303243

Gothiniad of Surazeus - $36.99
Oracle of Gotha. 1993 to 2000.
http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/gothiniad---oracle-of-gotha/16303304

Angeliad of Surazeus - $40.99
Revelation of Angela. 2001 to 2009.
http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/angeliad---revelation-of-angela/16303338

Book of religious poems.

Diamond Eye of God - $29.99 Hardcover
http://www.lulu.com/product/hardcover/angeliad---diamond-eye-of-god/15326260

Diamond Eye of God - $12.99 Paperback
http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/angeliad---diamond-eye-of-god-%28paperback%29/10441572

I posted about 200 songs I wrote and composed at http://youtube.com/surazeus but do not expect anything more than amateur fun folk singing.

I was born in Oregon in the Year of the Beatles, grew up in Texas in the 1970s, went to high school and college in Takoma (Washington state) in the 1980s. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts in 1988 at Washington State University. After living in Seattle for a few years, I hitchhiked around the country playing grunge folk in the 1990s.

I got a job as web designer at State of Michigan 1999-2004, then earned a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science 2005-8 at Michigan State University.

I have since lived in North Carolina and now in Georgia working as a cartographer. Where will I go next on the journey of life? My goal is to become a Professor of Literature at Harvard, which was founded by my ancestor, Thomas Dudley. And while I am dreaming big, I might as well try to earn the Nobel Prize in Literature for the epic poem. Once it is finished. Need to develop a punctuation mark for ironic sarcasm.

I publish narrative tales in verse at:
http://open.salon.com/blog/surazeus

In SecondLife I am Surazeus Thor
https://my.secondlife.com/surazeus.thor

I married an Indonesian Muslim woman from Java Island and we have two cute daughters I named for goddesses of wisdom -- Saraswati and Athena.

I am generally a Gnostic Humanist. I do not know if there is a God or not, but the gods of history were humans who had a large influence on their times. What is most important is that I know myself and understand my perceptions, and recreate them in verse.

I am descended 13 generations from the Puritan Poet Anne Bradstreet. Her father, Thomas Dudley, signed the charter to found Harvard, and was descended from the Sutton-Dudley clan of Elizabethan England, who were descended from Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I and Eleanor of Castile.

My religion is Astarism. 

Astarism honors First Mother Astara Ishtar Athena.

Ishtar sent Abraham and Sarah west and they founded Assurism, Olympism, Apollonism, Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sufism, and all their branches and offshoots.

Ishtar sent Brahma and Saraswati east and they founded Hinduism, Vaishnism, Shaivism, Buddhism, Krishnaism, Sikhism, and all their branches and offshoots.

Astarism includes all those religions as one. 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Astarism/203571433043390

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I am writing an epic about scientists now at 80,000 lines of blank verse, so it is the third longest epic in the world, so far.
Education
  • Washington State University
    BA in Liberal Arts - History and Literature, 1986 - 1988
  • Michigan State University
    MS in Geographic Information Science, 2005 - 2008
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