Paul Hartal

Paul Hartal Poems

41. Only One Love 10/6/2011
42. For Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920) 10/6/2011
43. Friendship 10/6/2011
44. The Messiah In Strasshof 10/6/2011
45. On The Killing Fields 10/6/2011
46. Time's Arrow Arrested 10/6/2011
47. Sometimes 10/7/2011
48. Tired Light 10/7/2011
49. Post-Hesiodean Poem 10/7/2011
50. Using Art And Science 10/7/2011
51. Lost Love's Distance 10/8/2011
52. Why Tears My Love? 10/8/2011
53. Richard Feynman's Woodpecker 10/8/2011
54. Meaning And Eternity 10/5/2011
55. She Does Not Talk 10/6/2011
56. Moment In Frame 10/6/2011
57. The Eighth Unwritten Ballad 10/9/2011
58. Homage To Matsuo Basho 10/10/2011
59. Early June Girls 10/10/2011
60. The Mix-Up 10/10/2011
61. Vanilla Gate 10/12/2011
62. Medals 10/12/2011
63. The Philosopher’s True Scotsman 10/12/2011
64. The Goat Convention 10/12/2011
65. Rainbow’s Birth 10/12/2011
66. Three Miniatures In Fast Verse 10/12/2011
67. The Illusion Of Gravity 10/10/2011
68. I'M Your Planet 10/10/2011
69. They Fought With Their Bare Hands 10/13/2011
70. In The Park 10/13/2011
71. Big Bang With Horizon Problem 10/15/2011
72. Teddy Bear 10/18/2011
73. Now? 10/18/2011
74. Travel In A Box Car Of The Fuehrer 10/25/2011
75. Black Tunnel With Light 10/25/2011
76. Love Knows Not 'Why? ' 10/28/2011
77. Honor And Betrayal (Jiangsu 1937-1945) 11/8/2011
78. Medical Statistics 11/10/2011
79. Money And Love 11/12/2011
80. Love Never Dies 11/17/2011

Comments about Paul Hartal

  • Shoshana Rose Shoshana Rose (12/3/2015 7:31:00 AM)

    Hi Paul!
    Yes, I am still following you! 😄

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  • Jason Brown Jason Brown (12/17/2012 7:20:00 PM)

    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

  • Womenofchina Young (11/6/2012 7:30:00 PM)

    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

  • Simma Lieberman (11/1/2012 7:36:00 PM)

    The poems about Anne Frank, and Sobibor were almost 3 dimensional Your poetry and art is brain and heart stimulating.

  • Anat Tour (10/30/2012 7:26:00 PM)

    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.

Best Poem of Paul Hartal

Oranges And Grapes

Oranges and grapes refuse to grow in the cold.
Today I sing and dance, refuse to grow old.
Yet all the same, time is tyrant and ruthless,
Unfolds my wrinkling years, it is relentless.

Now and then the lots seem to be gentle and kind,
But alloyed with fate the somnambulist is blind.
Luck and fortuity might act as a soubrette,
Life spins our fate like roulette in a film set.

Still, let us drink to life, celebrate, and be glad,
Let us sing and dance today, refuse to be sad.
Oranges and grapes do not grow in the cold,
A warm wind ties ribbons to maple ...

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Cesarean Section

On a sunny day of Taurus
they cut her abdomen.
With stainless scalpels
the surgeons unlatched her uterus
and out of her slashed womb,
touching with their sterile gloves
the enigma of an enclosed but remote self,
they pulled out the boy crying,
covered with blood,

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