Paul Hartal

Paul Hartal Poems

241. The Singing Cactus That Learnt Arithmetics 9/28/2017
242. The Persistence Of Dali's Surreal Clock 9/28/2017
243. The Exercise 9/28/2017
244. The Mother Of Disease 9/28/2017
245. The Myth Of Evolution Theory 9/30/2017
246. Missed Kisses 10/7/2017
247. The Autobiography Of Rainbow 10/10/2017
248. Haiku With Black Hole And Dogs 10/10/2017
249. Haiku Manifesto 5/29/2015
250. Never Say Never 6/7/2015
251. The Winged Bicycle 6/9/2015
252. Marriage Vows 6/12/2015
253. Ignorance Does Not Hurt, Does It? 10/17/2017
254. Kristallnacht 10/30/2017
255. The Buddhist 10/30/2017
256. Haiku About Craving For Love -new- 11/6/2017
257. Vanishing Love -new- 11/13/2017
258. Things Not To Talk About 10/23/2017
259. Utopian Fib 10/27/2017
260. Snow Calendar In Tanka -new- 11/17/2017
261. The Pillars Of Knowledge -new- 11/17/2017
262. The Masks Of The Universe -new- 11/18/2017
263. A Lover Akin To Bamboo 3/12/2015
264. The Unknown D-Day 3/12/2015
265. The Man Whose Name Was A Poem 3/17/2015
266. Nephron And Tulip 12/13/2014
267. Viceroy And Monarch 11/8/2014
268. Modigliani Nude In Haiku 8/6/2014
269. A Tanka For Artist Gu Kaizhi 6/11/2013
270. The Source (Haiku) 7/2/2013
271. T4 2/1/2013
272. The Five Forces Of The Universe 1/27/2013
273. Race Defilement 12/20/2012
274. Massacre In Nanjing 9/24/2012
275. The Girl From Sri Lanka 8/20/2012
276. Skeptic 6/1/2012
277. The River Of Permanence 4/27/2012
278. The Crocodile That Ate Computers 2/17/2012
279. Palindromic Flight 10/24/2011
280. Once Upon An August Dreamy 12/5/2011

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


Life is often dreadful
Full of fright and panic
A strange stride in the dark
The world became so toxic.

I told her all this
But she said:
The sear of fear
Is real

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