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My screen/pen/bardic name is taken from 2nd Peter 1:19 and Revelation 22:16. I am writing this on October 13, 2019, the 44th anniversary of my secular calling to write poetry; God sanctified it later on July 16th, 1994. I have just returned from the hospital, after three days of tests, and a kind of introspective spiritual experience (with neither books nor internet to interfere). MY GALLERY OF POEMS IS UNDER RECONSTRUCTION OR HEAVY EDITING, WHICH WILL BEGIN SOMETIME TOMORROW. CERTAIN POEMS MUST BE DELETED; CERTAIN POEMS MUST BE ADDED OR RESTORED. I WILL NOT TRY TO JUSTIFY ANY OF THIS TO ANYONE AT ALL: I AM DOING WHAT I BELIEVE GOD HAS TOLD ME TO DO, AND GAVE ME A RATHER INTENSE WEEKEND TO FIGURE IT OUT.

Kyakuchuu, my haigo or Haiku name, is the Japanese word for "footnote."

The science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick, once described himself as "not a novelist, but a fictionalizing philosopher." I do not consider myself as a poeticizer, interested in poetry for its own stylistic sake; but as a theologizing poet, and I hope, in this last section of my life on earth, to give even more time and effort to that practice.

Many of the poems have a rubric at the bottom: Jeriel, Starward, Jan9thxciv, or Kyakuchuu. These are the titles of collections, should a need for a printed version ever occur. These rubrics do not in any way alter the fact that my pen-name is Starward.

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Completing this now, fifteen years after joining postpoems. I cannot describe it, because I can no longer see it directly, being a fat man. And if I look in the mirror, Lady Certainly may think I am admiring myself in a fit of carnal pride. So I cannot take that chance.

[This is written in humor: Lady Certainly is not at all that intolerant.]

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''. .. that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things . . .'' --- The Apostle Saint Paul, Epistle To Titus 2:10

"Writing little spirit pieces, repetition/circulation in theme, word, and image. . . ." Gila Mon, Poet, Payson Arizona. from his blog, Dreaming In Satellite. [In forty-four years of reading poetry, as of 2017, I have never found a better description of poetry and poems.]

"I venture to suggest that the more orthodox is a writer’s theology, the more convincing, as symbols and allegories, his uncanny tales will be." Russell Kirk, "A Cautionary Note On The Ghostly Tale"

". . . while carefully reading the text of the narratives, the writer earnestly endeavored to realize the persons and circumstances presented; to place himself in thought beside Peter, John, and Paul; Stephen and Philip; Cornelius and Lydia; and so to view the wonders which surrounded them. For himself he may truly say that such efforts have always tended, under God's blessing, to guide the eye of faith directly to Him "who is our hope"; and his only desire in offering these pieces to the reader is to aid, in however slight a measure, others also to look thither with increasing clearness and assurance."
---H. C. G. Moule, Preface to Poems on subjects selected from the Acts of the Apostles, vi.


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