Paul Hartal

Paul Hartal Poems

281. The Girl From Sri Lanka 8/20/2012
282. Skeptic 6/1/2012
283. The River Of Permanence 4/27/2012
284. The Crocodile That Ate Computers 2/17/2012
285. Palindromic Flight 10/24/2011
286. Once Upon An August Dreamy 12/5/2011
287. Sang Froid 11/2/2011
288. From Plane To Sphere 10/18/2011
289. The White Rose Of Stalingrad 10/9/2011
290. The Sobbing God 10/9/2011
291. Absurd Breast Cancer Prevention 10/5/2011
292. The Test Of Love 10/9/2011
293. Her Kiss 10/5/2011
294. The Women Of China 10/5/2011
295. Tail Chasing 10/4/2011
296. The Dalai Lama Who Loved Wine, Women And Song 10/4/2011
297. Armenia, Armenia 10/3/2011
298. Pesticide Fields 10/4/2011
299. Descartes' Despair 10/6/2011
300. Listen Darling 10/6/2011
301. The Evidence (Haiku) 9/27/2012
302. Farewell Of A Cottonwood 7/1/2012
303. The Commandant's Wife 12/6/2012
304. Aborted Landing 4/27/2014
305. The Word Box 10/9/2014
306. Einsatzgruppe General 11/29/2014
307. Abstract For Kandinsky 11/24/2014
308. Tanka About Knowledge 3/23/2015
309. Dreamer Fib 3/7/2015
310. Truth And Experience 2/26/2015
311. A Haiku On Love 11/30/2014
312. A Chapter In The Life Of Imagination 11/19/2014
313. Triumphal Arch 2/12/2013
314. No Rhyme, But Reason 3/18/2013
315. Voyage Around The Square Root Of Minus One 6/18/2012
316. Sailing In Sinbad's Uncharted Sea 5/30/2012
317. Fading Chlorophyll In Maple Leaves Of Autumn 10/10/2011
318. Train And Plane 10/6/2011
319. Heavenly Satire 10/9/2011
320. Dark Sky 9/30/2011

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 ...

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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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