Sunday, June 5, 2016

3:00 A.M.: More Musings from Outside the Universal

Ric Couchman, author of Musings from Outside the Universal and his recently published Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos - presents his long-awaited 3:00 A.M., the bookend to his other books. 3:00 A.M. explores poetically the notions we have of love and evil and challenges the traditions that we have built up around these themes. It places religious traditions alongside modern norms and asks us to reflect on the relationship between these differing perspectives. Darkness, that internal and external construct with which we have struggled throughout our human existence is a fundamental theme that the book also explores. 3:00 A.M., along with Ric's other books, is available on Amazon and on Barnes and Noble. Watch the 3:00 A.M. book trailer below:


Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Unchallenged Lie

Another Memorial Day (on which honor is paid to the men and women who died serving the U.S. Military) has come and gone and of course replete with the oft repeated mantra of American servicemen/women having "defended our freedom" - a phrase that has been interred into the American mind and consciousness and that has been accepted without careful consideration or scrutiny by the American people. To think otherwise is to be unpatriotic, to be chided into a feeling of guilt and shame at not understanding that "truth." That phrase is also predicated on another lie: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - the lie of the ultimate sacrifice. What the uncritical acceptance of the defense-of-our-freedom phrase does is guarantee that the American people will invariably and unwittingly support all wars in which American servicemen/women were or are involved, as well as all military spending (for of course, the hardware is to be used by the servicemen/women in "defense of our freedom"). The logical corollary is of course the veritable development of a war culture and the aggrandizement of war. 

Things become even more ridiculous when those citizens who do not support a particular war become tangled up in the I-support-the-troops-but-don't-support-the-war conundrum, for how then can those troops be "defending our freedom" in a war that is not in defense of our freedom. But that thought is often skirted, and the lie persists, unchallenged, confused with American military aggression, unmindful that the ambitions of each successive regime in Washington is American geopolitical primacy, the imposition of an American-centered world order, and military dominance in the world, all under the guise of "defending our freedom."

And, so young American men and women offer their services with the blessings of family, relatives, and friends (who themselves believe the lie, which by the way take on sacred, almost religious proportions), thinking that they are serving their country, defending their fellow citizens, whereas, in fact, they are merely serving the global ambitions of the regime in power and the ambitions of the military industrial complex. And what is more stunning and mind-blowing is that this veneer of America as the great defender of freedom, parroted by politicians and military officials alike and propagated through the media, Hollywood, etc., has been allowed to stand in the face of the facts of America's ruthless wars of aggression beginning with those waged against the native Americans to those waged at the present time. 

Just to name a few of these wars of aggression: the invasion of the Philippines, the triple invasion of Haiti, the twice invasion of the Dominican Republic, the invasion of Grenada, and the invasion of Panama in which U.S. servicemen participated - supposedly in defense of "our freedom." Not to mention the numerous covert operations conducted to oust democratically elected leaders in South America and elsewhere. By all means the wounded and fallen dead ought to be remembered, but let's dare to challenge the Lie so that the lives of our young men are not senselessly sacrificed on account of the selfish ambitions and designs of others.

[art by Ric Couchman]

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Poetry's Unpopularity


In this 7th and final episode of "Two Minutes with Author, Ric Couchman," Ric shares some thoughts on the possible reasons that poetry as an art form does not appeal to most people. Ric is the author of Musings from Outside the Universal and the recently published Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Favorite Poem in the Trilogy

Two Minutes with Author, Ric Couchman - Episode 6


In this Episode, Ric reveals his favorite poems in each of the three books of his recently published Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos. He also talks about how he came up with the title for each book. The books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites.



The New York City Subway and Poetry


This is the 5th Episode of the series "Two Minutes with Author, Ric Couchman." In this episode Ric talks about the way in which the New York City Subway system figures in his poetry. Ric is the author of Musings from Outside the Universal and the Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos.


Friday, May 27, 2016

The Rhythm of Existence


In this 4th Episode of the series "Two Minutes with Author, Ric Couchman" Ric's younger daughter, Kara, inquires concerning the source of his inspiration in the composition of his poetry. Ric is the author of Musings from Outside the Universal and the recently released Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos. 



Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Published Author?!


Ric Couchman, author of the Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos - reflects on the feelings that come with the realization that he is now a published author. Click on the video below.