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Centre and Circumference: a collection of poems

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by Howard F. Stein
ISBN: 978-1942431091

This book is a collection of poems that are authored by Howard F. Stein, PhD, an inter-disciplinarian and psychoanalytic/ anthropological/ humanistic poet and writer, who put the lens to life from three different positions: Love and Life, Time and Memories, Work and Society. The title, “Centre and Circumference,” comes from Percy Shelley’s 1821 essay, A Defence of Poetry. Shelley’s metaphor is how Howard Stein has come to imagine poetry – in fact all the arts. In his essay, Shelley (1821/1840) writes … “Poetry is at once the centre and circumference of knowledge; it is that which comprehends all science, and that to which all science must be referred. It is at the same time the root and blossom of all other systems of thought; it is that from which all spring, and that which adorns all; and that which, if blighted, denies the fruit and seed, and withholds from the barren world the nourishment and the succession of the scions of the tree of life. …Poetry enlarges the circumference of the imagination by replenishing it with thoughts of ever new delight, which have the power of attracting and assimilating to their own nature all other thoughts …” The author hopes that this collection enlarges the compass of the reader’s imagination, of his/her world, and of his/her engagement with it. The author has a further wish that dwells in the invisible bond between a poet and a reader. The book includes black and white reproductions of art by Sandra Indig. The incisive and comprehensive foreword is authored by Inna Rozentsvit.