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.





The Marriage of Poetry and Photography


Ric Couchman, author of the Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos - is very passionate about photography.  In this episode he talks about his use of photo images to complement his poems and to reinforce their themes. This is the second in a series of episodes in which Ric will share on a wide variety of topics regarding poetry, his books, his process, his inspiration, his themes, etc.





Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Two Minutes with Author, Ric Couchman - Episode 1


Ric Couchman talks in this two-minute interview about the recent publication of his Poetic Trilogy - A Famine of Tears, Blueprint for a Nihilism, and The Conflagration of Ouranos - and explains how his poems are different from other poems today. This is the first of several episodes in which Ric will share on a wide variety of topics regarding poetry, his books, his process, his inspiration, his themes, etc. Please spread the word. Thanks.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Poetic Trilogy - Book Trailer

Finally! The Advent of my Poetic Trilogy. Watch the trailer. Spread the word.





Saturday, April 23, 2016

No Feet of Clay


In the crowded subway train filled with commuters heading home from a hard day's work he finds the most comfortable seat - on his dad's feet, that familiar place where he is assured contact, that place on which on many occasions past he sat, clinging to dad's leg as dad walked back and forth with him while he screamed in delight. On dad's feet he is assured comfort. The hard surface of the subway seat loses out in that competition. At dad's feet there is certainty and confidence. His safety is assured. The tenuous surrounding is no cause for worry. Dad's feet provides the stability the swaying train cannot guarantee. There is no other place on that train he would rather be than on dad's feet.


[photo art by Ric Couchman]

Friday, April 22, 2016

That Most Ordinary and Natural Thing

Have You Heard...?
by
Ric Couchman


And why do I marvel
That as the shadows flee
The oak leaf fades
Then falls to ground
And am uneasy 
That it is so soon
Nothing but dust

And why do some use
Its sudden passing
As sermonic homily
About our future habitation
Either in some sultry place
Or in some dreary land
Of milk and honey

And do you hear the sages
Warning of life's brevity
The need to live well
Suddenly philosophical
In the face of the inscrutable
Taking life seriously
Until forgotten again in living

And will we not marvel again
When another leaf fades
And then falls to the ground
Becoming uneasy
That it is so soon but dust
Forgetting that such is our path
A thing ordinary and natural

[photo art by Ric Couchman]

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Freedom is the Essence of Beauty

Ephemerality and Impermanence 
by
Ric Couchman


Do I dare destroy
The Art I create?
Would I consider
Ceding ownership
And not hold on to it?
Am I willing
To set it free?