Archive for June, 2010

The Lost Art of Talking to Strangers – Blog for Thursday June 24, 2010

25 June 2010 | Paul Rea

I apologize that this is going to be a bit of a lecture but it is my website…. I promise that I have some excellent new poems coming very soon.

I was stopped the other day by an elderly gentleman when purchasing espresso beans for the office. I’ve had the hardest time finding these beans lately so naturally I started loading up the cart. The elderly man approached me and mentioned that the price must be good for me to be buying so many packages. Tongue in cheek, I explained my dilemna. The man proceeded to engage me in conversation for the next 10 minutes. I was amazed that this “old school” gentleman had a talent that seems to be completely lost on young people today.

At one of our recent family functions I observed that a number of the 16 – 20 year olds who attended sat at their respective tables and made virtually no effort to engage the other 16-20 year olds at the party. I recalled in the good old days being naturally drawn to people my own age and basically spending the entire function with people in my age group. Disappointingly that no longer appears to be the case. When you strip these kids of their blackberries, their facebook accounts, etc there doesn’t appear to be any desire or interest on their part of engaging people face to face.

I have always aspired to be like my Dad who is a master (inspite of a limited formal education) of talking to anyone. I think it is a complete travesty that the art of striking an engaging conversation with a stranger is fading. What a horrible shame.



Poetry is Verbal Art!: Blog for Wednesday June 16, 2010

16 June 2010 | Paul Rea

Greetings Dear Friends,

I have a number of poems that I haven’t yet published which are part of the first batch of poems I wrote. Except in a few cases, the remainder of the poems are what I consider rather mediocre so I will publish them under their respective categories – they will not appear at the top of the list. Rest assured though that I have been writing away and have been harnessing the “divine” inspiration I receive as it comes to me. I intend to publish a slew of new works in the next few weeks and am confident that these new poems are among my best works to date. In particular “In the Winter,” a poem I wrote last weekend is one of my personal favourities and have heard nothing but positive comments about it. The soon to be released “Haunted,” a poem I just completed, is also one of my personal favourites. I’ve noticed a change or evolution in my style as well. Instead of rhyme as was common in my earlier works the reader will now find a copious use of metaphors featured in my poems. Perhaps the works are now more difficult to decipher but the beauty and imagery is there for a heart and mind willing and open enough to appreciate it.

I am in the process of entering into a few poetry contests as well – I would really appreciate it if my readers would assist me in determining which poem is among the best and most likely to win a contest. Please send me a comment as to which are your preferred poems.

Until then,