Paul Hartal

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A man of many Odysseys, Paul Hartal is a Canadian poet, writer and artist born in Szeged, Hungary. His volume of cognitive and lyric poems, The Sinuosity of Straight Passions, was published in 2013 by Finishing Line Press Georgetown, KY. The author's books include Postmodern Light, poetry,2006, Love Poems 2004, The Brush and the Compass 1988, ...
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Science And Ethics
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Kumarmani Mahakul 10 April 2020
Paul Hartal is wonderful and very talented poet and who writes poems basing upon his perception. He is a keen observer and he deeply goes into the thing he looks upon. His science and Ethics poem elaborates about his thought and reality and represents the truth. The poet expresses his worries die to danger of Corona Virus and tries to bring social awareness to prevent people from its infection. His effort is admirable. May God bring happiness for him!
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Catherine Habbie 19 October 2019
Congratulations on being selected Poet of the Day.
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Shoshana Piatek 03 December 2015
Hi Paul! Yes, I am still following you! ?? Shoshana
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Jason Brown 17 December 2012
Your poems and the pictures - they truly inspire me. I like your take on Zeno's paradox very much - you capture the frustrating nature of it perfectly! Jason I. Brown, Professor Dalhousie University
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Womenofchina Young 06 November 2012
Dear Paul Hartal, Thanks for sharing your poem with us. Your exquisite writing has conveyed the pain and terror of the massacre in Nanjing very vividly. It was very much admired here at our office. Would it be okay for us to post your poem on our Facebook page or Twitter, attributing and linking it to you? We look forward to your reply. Best wishes, Jenny from
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Simma Lieberman 01 November 2012
The poems about Anne Frank, and Sobibor were almost 3 dimensional Your poetry and art is brain and heart stimulating.
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Anat Tour 30 October 2012
In the NEW HOPE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW (16/10/2006) , John Cartmel-Crossley, Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts, writes: “For Paul Hartal the heart of poetry is the poetry of the heart, ” yet his oeuvre “transcends the realm of love and passion. His poetic sensibility balances dreamy emotion and discerning intellect, creative vision and insightful thought. His work is both serious and humorous, philosophical and surreal, formal and experimental.” “A very powerful poet, Paul Hartal inspires poets worldwide”, observes Tracy Repchuk, President of the Federation of Canadian Poets. About Paul Hartal’s LOVE POEMS: “Thought provoking verse”, by “an individual who evidently bridges the ‘two cultures’”, says Richard C. Levin, President of Yale University. On POSTMODERN LIGHT: “Renowned artist, poet and philosopher Paul Hartal consistently seeks the emotional core of the reader in his poetry”, writes Daniel Goldberg. However, in Postmodern Light: A Collection of Poetry, “his goal is transcendence — leaving behind the realms of love and passion for a whimsical and, at times, deadly serious journey through the realm of dreams and the intellect, through the spirit of creative vision and the potential for personal enlightenment” (Concordia University Magazine, Fall 2006) . Also an award-winning artist, the recipient of the Prix de Paris, in 1975 Paul Hartal published A MANIFESTO ON LYRICAL CONCEPTUALISM, a new element on the periodic table of art. “Lyco Art emphasizes the creative process as an interaction of emotion and intellect, where the passion of logic and the logic of passion are inexorably interwoven through the voyage of consciousness”. “This Canadian artist has ushered in a philosophy that proceeds with many layered viewpoints, an elaborate dialogue between paint and concept”, points out Elizabeth Exler in MANHATTAN ARTS (November-December 1992) . In MAZES FOR THE MIND (St. Martin’s Press) , renowned author Clifford A. Pickover writes: “Paul Hartal is an artist whose ideas, like his artwork, seem to span space and time.” In Hartal’s vision poetry and painting originate from the same primeval fountainhead of creativity. Forms are wordless verses and colors are sleeping poems on the artist’s palette, he says. The muses inspire and elevate by the same themes. The moon and the stars, for example, continue to enchant poets and artists alike. The cosmos fascinates him. For centuries, poets and artists portrayed the glories of the universe, depicted the wonders of distant travels. As a visionary artist of space exploration Space Week in 1994 invited Paul Hartal to exhibit his work at the Space Center in Houston.
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