Paul Hartal

Paul Hartal Poems

321. Tanka About Knowledge 3/23/2015
322. Dreamer Fib 3/7/2015
323. Truth And Experience 2/26/2015
324. A Haiku On Love 11/30/2014
325. A Chapter In The Life Of Imagination 11/19/2014
326. Triumphal Arch 2/12/2013
327. No Rhyme, But Reason 3/18/2013
328. Voyage Around The Square Root Of Minus One 6/18/2012
329. Sailing In Sinbad's Uncharted Sea 5/30/2012
330. Fading Chlorophyll In Maple Leaves Of Autumn 10/10/2011
331. Train And Plane 10/6/2011
332. Heavenly Satire 10/9/2011
333. Dark Sky 9/30/2011
334. The Royal Air Force Hero And The Luftwaffe General 10/15/2011
335. Khmer Rouge Atrocities 10/10/2011
336. Tanka With Pale Sun 12/3/2012
337. The Dream Of A Springer Spaniel 10/8/2014
338. A Haiku On Uniformity In Diversity 5/3/2014
339. Symmetries 10/14/2014
340. The Emptiness Of Solids 2/25/2015
341. Hitler: A Life Immersed In Hypocrisy 12/24/2014
342. The Truth About Flying Horses 12/15/2014
343. A Brief History Of Abstract Art 1/5/2015
344. Balkan Nightmares 6/8/2012
345. God's Silence 10/5/2011
346. Romance Is Ageless 3/23/2015
347. The World Has Changed 9/30/2011
348. Cesarean Section 9/29/2011
349. Haiku With Schedule 2/21/2015
350. Survival Of The Kindest 2/25/2015
351. Reason And Emotion 10/14/2014
352. Where Do Circles Grow? 10/16/2014
353. When Will The Messiah Come? 10/17/2014
354. Beyond Our Cosmos 10/12/2014
355. Clock Eclipse 9/6/2017
356. Time Does Not Exist 9/8/2017
357. Freedom In The Prison Of Love 9/8/2017
358. Apology To A Dandelion 6/30/2012
359. Atheism Compliments God 10/4/2011
360. Happiness Is A Shark 10/6/2011

Comments about Paul Hartal

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

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

    8 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

For Miklós Radnóti

Your verse is so magical,
Written so well,
I still adore its music
And drink from its well.
After the war your town
Gave my grammar school
The honour of your name,
Yet history is cruel
It ignored your fame.

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