Denis Mair

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I love exploring symbols in the BOOK OF CHANGES, which I treat as a book of QUESTIONS. The symbols are like seed-crystals that stimulate me to build an interpretive, expressive edifice. I try to write about them from a poetic standpoint. You can see my essays HERE I suggest starting from the bottom of the list : ...

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Original Soup Of Life

Tell me, how can six feet of DNA get wound up inside a nucleus that is measured in microns?

How can so much thread get unspooled without tangling? And how does it get wound up again like a hawser?

Bait Of Pity

Earthworm, Oh earthworm!
Poor earthworm crawling on the cement
You are burned by sunrays and can't go back
You came up when dew was in the grass

Visiting Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai

A song session under a banyan tree begins the day
Girls in moth-wing saris, young men in white tunics
Disperse to cottage-style classrooms in a forest
Students follow after their teachers, learning by ear

The Mountain That Still Needs Climbing

Up on the mountain where people keep horses
A thoroughbred took me on a morning walk.
And whenever her head reared in laughter
I wanted to gallop with her through space.

Black And White Animals

- written after a visit to the Panda Propagation Center in Chengdu

In Mother Nature's gallery when I walk down a corridor of colors
I am dazzled to see white and black appearing on a single creature.


Denis Mair 10 December 2019

Thanks, Julia for appreciating the cognitive side of my work. I believe that the lyrical floodtide can carry us further as we search for answers to big questions. Fragments of hard-won knowledge are strewn along the information highway... They need to be recycled. They are part of our human adventure, and maybe they want to join in a lyrical dance too

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Denis Mair 07 December 2019

Julia, you mention my fascination with the creationists' view of engineering. I can see why you think that. However, I'm still seeking answers about how/why intelligence exists in the cosmos. Creationists posit a designer outside of natural law... mechanistic philosophy speaks of blind, billiard-ball causality, but neither of those answers satisfy me. (More than engineering, I am looking for signs of Mother Nature's aesthetic touch and nurturing intent.)

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Julia Luber 10 July 2019

Denis Mair is the ultimate poet; his themes on animals catapult a blend of fascination with the creationists' engineering combined with a poetic passion. These work together to create fantastic poems. Often, there is considerable cognitive acuity in there too. A real poet's poet! Cognitive, abstract, and imaginative…..

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Mahtab Bangalee 01 July 2019

Denis Mair is Denis Mair; actually me like novice writer has no pulse of the depth knowledge to estimate him and his writings and poetic power. Just I can say that here his expressions and poems are reviving powers for all kind intensive readers. LONG LIVE DENIS MAIR LONG LIVE DENIS MAIR’s POETIC POWER

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Joan Xie 03 May 2019

yes, indeed, my friend, something strange is going on.

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Joan Xie 03 May 2019

My water only carries a petal, your water is much more useful. Wonderful thoughts and amaze by your wild imagination.

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Bharati Nayak 30 March 2018

Let me quote from the poem- - -'Earthworm I feel sorry for you I bend over to pick you up You still have a little moisture Like the lover's lips in a day dream I lay you on a patch of damp grass Let you die with your nose in the dirt. - - - - How sympathetic his heart is for the earthworm, the little creature which serves as the muscle of soil, which made its venture to an unwelcoming place but we let it die.

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Bharati Nayak 30 March 2018

Denis Mair's poems are varied in topics and imbued with deep humane values.Another poem which touched me most is 'Bait of Pity'.It speaks of the poet's kind and sensitive heart towards the downtrodden people as well as small creatures of earth.(contd)

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Bharati Nayak 30 March 2018

Since my encounter with the poems of Denis Mair I have thought several times to write on his Poet Page, but felt short of words to describe such a great poet's creative treasure.The first poem I read was- Cows in Mysore and I was hooked.Even if he hails from a different country, different culture and different religion, the love and respect he bestowed on the people and places he visited are exemplary.(contd)

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Denis Mair 02 September 2017

She paid me in the kind of pennies that change hands when someone says PENNY FOR YOU THOUGHTS. I pay the thoughts forward and there is a shower of pennies from Heaven.

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Bri Edwards 01 September 2017

how much did you pay Pamela to say those words! ?

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Pamela Sinicrope 08 June 2016

I am humbled after reading through your poetry. Your poetic voice has a subtle soft ring to it as I read. At some parts the writing is conversational, and at others, I sense pure poetry at its best, with seamless meter, rhythm, alliteration and imagery. Metaphor and deeper meaning can easily be found by the reader, yet the writing doesn't hammer that in....which I like. The paths traveled by the speaker are much different from my own, which enables me (the reader) to go on a small adventure with each poem I read. The author's notes are of interest, but the style of writing enables the reader to also seek their own connections.

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