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If you are going to be in the Bay Area do stop by for this concert. Raphael’s poetry is beautiful as is David’s music, the two together is a real treat.  You can pick up Raphael’s book as well; Stings Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems.   37e53786-ad62-4009-9e1c-3216066d9127

Raphael Block Video

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Dear friends,
Thank you for all your comments on the 5 minute documentary that serves  as my book trailer, too. It seems to have touched many of you!
We would really appreciate your help to get this film into the world. So, please consider posting this link https://vimeo.com/184929769 on your FaceBook Page.

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The documentary came into being thanks to Megan McFeely, who produced it and did the interviews. She has made her own compelling 40 minute documentary, As She Is, “ to reclaim, value, and live the feminine aspect of ourselves.” You will find more info on her site.              With love, Raphael

Earth

Each square inch

a harmony

of the dying

the dead

the living and the being born

Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems

www.raphaelblock.com

Poems from Raphael Block’s book, Strings of Shining Silence

Strings of Shining Silence

When shadows lengthen,
our breaths grow closer, and
bundled bodies huddle against
drizzle-slanting snow and rain.
To warmth we turn,
the nearness of a cello heartbeat;
strings of shining silence
fill my chest with crimson tones.
Each in-breath spins me into soundness
while with each outward rush of air—
though winds may shriek and squall,
clouds flash and crack—
shafts of sunlight— somehow—
slip through my being and unfold.

Blazing Trees

You have only to see
the blazing sunset through
the trees to be
in that dazzling presence
and catch a voice saying
“Take off your masks!”
With a clatter they land
all around, but you barely
notice because the fire
in your heart is bursting
toward that bright glow
on the horizon.
And when its last
glimmering rays are gone—
from human sight—
you’re left with a gateway
that will open
even in your dark hour.

Book order for Raphael Block

Friends of Poetic Matrix Press.  Here’s a great way to support Raphael Block, one of our authors, in his 2nd book with us and receive an early copy of the finished book.  Please show your support. Thanks John

Dear friends,

I would like you to join me in releasing my new book, Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems.
Due for general publication in January 2017, if you pre-order now at http://raphaelblock.com/  you will receive a signed copy by mid-November.
On my website you will also find a short documentary made by Elias Koch on my life and work, which has been accepted as an entry to the Awareness Film Festival, LA.
I feel that I’m one of thousands of seeds sprouted by the Earth in this time of need. You, no doubt, are another such seed.

Raphael Block

Spangling Darkness

Spangling Darkness
Raphael Block
poetry and songs
New from Poetic Matrix Press
Available on our website

New Year

Our celebrations were small affairs
with one or two present at most,
like the welcome my wife and daughter
gave the New Year, with carefully
prepared round, sand-filled trays,
candles of all shapes and heights arranged
until the moment ignited and light
generously swirled and flowed
out and in our eyes
linked in wonder.

Or the birthdays of simple homemade
stirrings of cakes, smiles, and wings.

Now they fill my dark nights
with soft flickerings.

 

When I was Young and Proud – Raphael Block

When I was Young and Proud

 
When I was young and proud
   owner of a lawn
      it would have caused offense.
But now, singing dandelions
   innocently declare summer’s height
      while couched between
thrive purple petaled lights—
   morning glory untouched
      by the whirring blade of notions
for Queen Anne’s lace
   and soft bare feet
      to sink and rise
with violet-green swallows’
      first chirruping flights.

 
 
Raphael Block is a poet living just outside of beautiful Sebastopol, California, north of San Francisco. This poem is from his book, Spangling Darkness, which is being published as part of our Spring 2013 Season of Poetry.

Bells – Raphael Block

Bells

No bells ringing
no incense burning
no one but you.

No spoken sounds
no embracing arms
no one else but you.

Inner voices buzzing
deepening breathing
you’re coming to you.

With or without stilling
something is flowing.

You’re entering
a cavern resounding
of echoes beyond.

What will you bring
when you return?

Figments of darkness
bursts of light?

Or, perhaps
just you
hewed a little larger?

Raphael Block is a poet living just outside of beautiful Sebastopol, California, north of San Francisco. His book, Spangling Darkness, is being published as part of our Spring 2013 Season of Poetry.