The Fruits of Spring 2019: The Third Comprehensive Poetry Anthology
"The Fruits of Spring" is Andrew Blitman's third poetry anthology, a comprehensive collection of sonnets and experimental forms that builds on the precedent set by his previous books: To share the Gospel via sharing his testimony; by emphasizing humanity's dire need for forgiveness in the face of pervasive social injustice; and by writing elegies about God's work: or using vivid imagery to capture the exquisite beauty of His creations in the glorious season of rebirth -- Springtime!
Example: "Sonnet of the Sentimental Flowers"
Tulips of wealth; roses of love’s first thorns; chrysanthemums of health; hyacinths of unfading youth; milkweed for the monarchs, carnation-roots of truth; Passiflora the romance from which magnolias are born; lilacs so fragile bloom with the orchids and tamarinds, the pentas and Ixora waltzing with the morning glories as snapdragons and daffodils spar in myths and stories; bromeliads laugh while the crocus sway in the rainbow winds riling up the brassy trumpets and cherries of forgiveness.
Freesias ageless as my whistling hibiscus; orange blossoms wafting common scents to the butterfly and bumblebee servants of the Dandelion King, who decreed that honey and nectar flow freely from the bosoms of the flowers of the fields to the sprouts of the wilderness.
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.
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.
Wild Writers: The Animal World's Greatest Poets
Why read this book? Because everybody - from the cosmic to the microscopic - has a story to tell. I have always wanted to know what goes on inside the heads of animals. Poetry was the tool that made this possible. "Wild Writers" allows us to have imaginary conversations with our pets and other creatures and empathize with them.
Who knows? We might end up learning new things along the way.
Wild Writers, Volume 2: Portraits and Poems from the Animal Kingdom
Why read this sequel? Because everybody - from the cosmic to the microscopic - has a story to tell. I have always wanted to know what goes on inside the heads of animals. Poetry was the tool that made this possible. "Wild Writers" allows us to have imaginary conversations with our pets and other creatures and empathize with them.
Who knows? We might end up learning new things along the way.
Wild Writers, Volume 3: Voices in Peril
The third installment focuses on endangered plants and animals from around the world. Their voices are significant, too. Read this book to learn about the Giant Sequoia, the Ganges River Shark, Welwitschia, and many other species that share our planet.
The Blitman Anthology: Quotes, Poems, and Essays for the 21st-Century College Student
A paperback compilation of poems, essays, articles, and other writings by Andrew Blitman, this book is geared toward high school and college students. "The Blitman Anthology" is designed to be quick and hard-hitting, with a Christian focus; its lessons originated from the author's personal experiences. A must-read for Millennials.
Sample Chapter: "Parables and the Crucifixion of Jesus"
Jesus oft spoke in parables, short stories with deep metaphors that extend beyond the stories’ superficial lessons. Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables: that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not hear (Luke 8:10).
This suggests that the ability to comprehend the Gospel goes beyond free will to preordination. It also parallels the event in the Exodus when God tells Moses, I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion (Exodus 33:19). In other words, God is the ultimate authority of our salvation. This is self-evident because He sacrificed His life for our freedom from sin, at Calvary. Only God can quench His own wrath, and He did so out of grace and compassion.
Such are the inspiring story of the Prodigal Son and the stern warning of the Creditor and the Two Debtors, which illustrate the roles of forgiveness and mercy, the two most defining characteristics of Christ’s redemptive love in our salvation. Let us remember them and adopt them into our own lives, just as He adopted us into the Kingdom of God!
The following is a collection of exhortations: they are encouragements rooted in the verses of the King James Bible.
"Understanding the Differences between Godly Wisdom and Earthly Wisdom (Ref. James 3:14-18)"
Let’s face it: we live in a fallen world, where many of us walk in spiritual darkness. Many of us are led astray by hardship, heartache, and false religions. Our souls are eternal, yet many of us pursue ephemeral things for gratification’s sake alone. Because our heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9 KJV), we are commanded to guard it above all else, for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:20 KJV). When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee (Proverbs 2:10-11 KJV).
There are two kinds of wisdom to be aware of: earthly wisdom (false and relative truths, truisms, and half-truths) and Godly wisdom (absolute truth). The Book of James (verses 3:14-18 KJV) explains the difference by identifying their respective attributes:
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” ____________________________
Earthly wisdom has 6 attributes: 1. It is earthly (James 3:15) 2. It is sensual (James 3:15) 3. It is devilish (James 3:15) 4. There is envy (James 3:16) 5. There is strife (James 3:16) 6. There is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16)
The number 6 is the number of incompleteness (because it falls short of 7, which represents completeness and perfection), and sin (anything we do or not do that falls short of or violates our relationships with God, those with our neighbors, those with ourselves, and those involving God’s intended purposes for our lives) and its primary source, The Devil (Apollo=Apollyon=Satan). Godly wisdom — absolute truth — has 10 attributes, with 10 also representing completion and perfection, as well as testimony, law, responsibility, and the completeness of order:
1. It is first pure (James 3:17), 2. Then peaceable (James 3:17). 3. It is gentle (James 3:17). 4. It is easy to be intreated (James 3:17). 5. It is full of mercy (James 3:17). 6. It is full of good fruits (James 3:17). 7. It is without partiality (James 3:17). 8. It is without hypocrisy (James 3:17). 9. It sows the fruit of righteousness (James 3:18). 10. It is sown in peace of them that make peace (James 3:18).
As Christians, we are called to know the truth and identify it, and to call out falsehood in the name of Jesus Christ, Who is God. We are also called to live out our lives following His example — by walking in the absolute Truth and by not conforming to the ways of this world (Romans 12:2 KJV). Let this be our mission, for it is written:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6 KJV).
Birthright 2012: A Voyage into the Heart and Soul of Israel
"Birthright 2012" is a personal account of my voyage throughout Israel. The outer story incorporates humor, science, history, and my own observations as I explore the land. It should appeal to the armchair traveler who would like to experience the country but is unable to and also to anyone who would like to learn more about this bastion of democracy in the Middle East.Beneath this outer story there exists an inner story.
Filled with humor, philosophy, and poetry, this underlying aspect of the book follows my own personal voyage to self-awareness."Birthright 2012" chronicles the daily activities of my University of Miami Birthright trip to Israel. Each chapter highlights a single day's events, activities, and sights. The book is chock-full of deep personal insights, light humorous anecdotes, witty observations, and scientific and historical facts.
I hope you will follow me on my journey through the Land of Milk and Honey.