Paul Hartal

Paul Hartal Poems

121. And She Said No To Her Lover 1/7/2013
122. The Famous Singer's House 1/8/2013
123. Return To Strasshof 1/8/2013
124. Every Man Remains An Island 1/19/2013
125. Fib With Accidental Rhyme 12/7/2012
126. Mystery Of The Immovable Car 12/17/2012
127. Chitchat On Ice Cream And Love 1/26/2013
128. Meditation In Nineteen Words 1/30/2013
129. A Tanka Of Eye Color 2/18/2013
130. Women Change, But Men Don'T? 2/23/2013
131. The Magician Who Predicted The Future 2/24/2013
132. Art Portals 3/7/2013
133. Vernacular Painting 3/14/2013
134. Plants Eat Elephants 3/17/2013
135. Pessimism 2/4/2013
136. The Road (Haiku) 7/3/2013
137. The Theory 9/2/2013
138. Art And Reality 9/27/2013
139. Carnation Bridge With A Missed Conversation 11/10/2013
140. Setback 12/16/2013
141. Death By Prescription 12/21/2013
142. Blush 1/7/2014
143. The End Of Becoming 1/12/2014
144. The Savior Of Mothers 1/30/2014
145. Truth And Consensus 2/16/2014
146. You Must Be Strong 2/23/2014
147. Sonnet To An Accidental Parcel 3/27/2014
148. Auschwitz Souvenirs 4/28/2014
149. A Haiku On Faith 5/1/2014
150. Acrostic 5/3/2014
151. Haiku About The Best Medicine 5/4/2014
152. The Miracle Of The One Edged Loop 5/15/2014
153. Ontological Verse 5/17/2014
154. The Fuehrer's Successor 5/22/2014
155. Haiku With Wall 6/7/2014
156. Russell's Loss 7/31/2014
157. Love Is Like A Painting 8/27/2014
158. An Asymmetrical War 9/4/2014
159. Love At First Sight 9/7/2014
160. The Miracle Of The Big Bang 9/7/2014

Comments about Paul Hartal

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

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

    7 person liked.
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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 ...

Read the full of Oranges And Grapes

Piano Tunes

For Hsia Jung Chang

I met you only accidentally
In the cold ether of cyberspace

But perhaps it was not
A random chance event
A lordless accident
Occurring in a disheveled chaos

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