121 & Up: The Second Extensive Poetry Anthology by Andrew Blitman


This book is the second compilation of Andrew Blitman's poetic works and short stories. The majority come from books that he published in 2017 or later, now discontinued and bound together here for your reading pleasure.

Sample Poem: "The Promise"

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine -
and the shadows will fall behind you.”
— Walt Whitman


Every day has its troubles,
the sentiments behind them
afflicting us double
until redemption’s rhythm
finds us where we are
and redirects us toward the stars.

Do not worry about today,
for you - my beloved -
are shielded by my merciful branches
from the hardships
that follow your footsteps.

Fear is a worthless emotion,
for you can control your reactions
to extremely difficult circumstances.

The past is gone;
you can move on
because my guidance
will forever pave the path beneath your feet.

Follow me:

The future belongs to us,
my starlight starling,
because time only moves forward,
toward the sunshine
incomprehensible to the darkness.

You are a chandelier in my palace,
the luminary that illuminates
the wary and the broken to enlightenment.

The insight you bring to the table
cannot be undermined or blotted out.
Doubt not - for you are ensconced
by the inherent dignity that covers
every living thing.

You are chosen among the nations.
Do not conform to the world
for you are my child.
You have the umbrage
of my outstretched hands of mercy.

Follow the gentle voice of your conscience,
and worry no more;
Your faith will close every door
that dares to separate us from Heaven.

Cling to the light and abhor evil;
do what is right and stay steadfast
in the absolute truth of life renewed:

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine -
and the shadows will fall behind you.”

The Book of Matrix Poetry

The following is an in-depth introduction to matrix poetry, a form that I invented in 2018. This style scaffolds the best elements of cascade poems with the structure of a mathematical matrix. This book contains illustrated instructions and examples of matrix poems, as well as a variation of the format that should provide the reader with an interesting challenge to replicate.

Sample Poem: "Amber Nights"

Long nights of amber sunshine are mist to the tundra,
the lichen-encrusted dogwood groves separated by glaciers
and crags, creme-colored fjords melting like wax under the Aurora Borealis.

A cloak of mist separates the groves of dogwood trees
when the sunshine melts the fjords to amber-creme,

the lichen-covered glaciers that slowly carve out crags in the tundra’s
shale bedrock on the longest of nights, under the Northern Lights

that adorn the patchwork quilt
as if all the sky were a canvas,
the air its palette,
diamond dogwoods standing tall
above the starscape here in Mendenhall.

120 Poems & Counting: An Extensive Poetry Anthology

This book is an extensive compilation of Andrew Blitman's poetic works. The goal is to consolidate them in one place for easy reference and creative depth. Without further ado, here are the poems that most defined the first ten years of the author's writing career.

Sample Poem: "Poetry Is a Musing"

Poetry is a musing
For architects of the word
Who construct language from thin air
To describe the world as they see fit.

Every poem has a story
That the reader can discover
Hidden between stanzas,
Deep concepts waiting to be cracked open
By analytic minds
That are eager to plough through books
For wisdom and entertainment
As a pastime.

Simplicity is complexity
Without wasted words.

When the letters transcend the page,
They speak to our souls
In unfamiliar ways.
They change us,
Empower us,
Make us better thinkers.

This is the purpose of poetry,
To enlighten us against the grain
With ideas expressed forever and again
As metaphors with humorous flavors,
The rhymes that make us savor
Communication at its finest.

The analects in our dialects
Are the architects of our common speech.
The things that they teach
Are the legends and epic myths
That lay the foundations
Of our personal and cultural identities
In a narrative fashion.

They are the life lessons and the fables,
The parables and the anecdotes
That connect us to the lives of our forebears,
In solidarity with the rest of mankind.

The poet and reader have a special bond,
Linked across eons and nationalities
By a shared fervor for abstract notions.
Our fascination with carefully chosen words
Need not be elaborate,
(Though it usually is)
To cause commotion.

We are not content with mediocrity or convention;
We abandon them whenever possible with great passion.
The letters are as beautiful as the poems themselves;
Numbers and punctuations
Are art forms dazzling and elegant.

If poetry is a musing,
Than a poem is a Muse
With many faces and infinite facets
That reinvent themselves daily.

Languages are melting pots,
Churning continuously with fresh ideas
That halt for no one.
Everything is forged in this fire.

Those who love lexicons
Are never disappointed;
They know that the Universe
Was created from the Word.

Pen in hand,
They masterfully mold vernacular like clay,
Gently, carefully, intently renovating it
With vocabulary extraordinary
And an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

Simplicity is complexity
Without wasted words.

Poetry is to Man
What music is to birds.

Modern-Day Climate Change and the Great Dying: A Poem by Andrew Blitman

There are 105 total lines in this poem. Its purpose is to explain the true mechanisms of climate change in respect to what science really tells us about the worst mass extinction in geologic history. The picture shows the atmospheric Carbon dioxide levels in the Permian Period, from its beginning to its tragic end (image taken from ResearchGate.net: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Estimated-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-levels-during-the-Permian-shown-as-parts-per_fig5_225378751).

Magnum Opus: Ophelia's Whirlwind Rhapsody by Andrew Blitman

I am a poet and artist that webmasters The Written Blit blog ( www.andrewblitman.com ). I am the self-published author of sixteen books, including "Birthright 2012: A Voyage into the Heart and Soul of Israel", "Letters to Nineveh", and the "Wild Writers" Series. Here is my testimony, or the story of where I come from and how Jesus redeemed me: https://allpoetry.com/story/14035045-My-Story--How-My-Walk-with-Christ-Began--by-Andrew-Blitman

The Journey (Or a Vision That Led Me To Christ in the End) by Andrew Blitman

This poem came out of a suicide attempt 10 years ago. I'm not sure if it came before or after, but this poem showed me a glimpse of my future if I were to continue destroying myself along the path I traversed back in 2008/2009. However, it eventually led me out of spiritual darkness and to redemption in Christ years later. Whatever energy that produced this poem helped me survive depression for more than 8 years straight, even if it was the pure defiance of death and surrender to mental illness. I hope this work helps others get out rock bottom!