T.Byron K. 2013


Project End of Days began in 1999 as a poetry project that spanned several decades at that time. The collection of poetry by T. Byron K. was mostly in hand written form still at that time with the exception of the published manuscript for Poems of The Infinite Dream. Project End of Days was turned into a book in 2005 in an attempt to capture the slow progress of translating the 13 volumes of hand written poems into manuscript form. By 2020 the blog at LiveJournal had over 1000 poems from the collections of Notebook Poems, Faith of Heart, Poems of the Infinite Dream, Wish List, Midnight Poems, The River of Swans, Advent Alpha, Advent Omega, The Beginning of The End, Light & Shadow, Va. West Va. Poems and Vandalia. This revision of Project End of Days is a comprehensive view of over 30 years of poetry and an attempt to archive this substantial volume of work in a single frame.

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T.Byron K. 2013

Light & Shadow

w/ the spider's
& reverence
for the
Bumble Bee/
To the
new song

T.Byron K. 2013

Notes on Hawthorne & Dialectics

"The perennial Hawthornian antagonism between sickly desire and imperious guilt is critical in (his stories)", notes Fredrick Crews in the introduction to The Great Short Works of Hawthorne. We need to consider Hawthorne's peers, the predominant literary modes of thought included Emersonian transcendentalism, which established a direct link between the actions of the divine and man and Blakean dialectics which involves the concordance between good and evil, an existence of light and dark or prolific and devouring forces in a necessary co-relation- a sort of yin yang proposistion regarding the way the Universe operates. Certainly Hawthorn'e writing was influenced by these areas of literary concern. Yet it is the preoccupation with personal revelation and trial-the paradox of a sinfulness that we actually desire, that make Hawthorne's work so impressive. Loss of faith, the fall through myriad levels of sin, the continued struggle between the redemptive light and an all encompassing darkness-these are the areas that Hawthorne considered deeply through his writing. We must also briefly notice the connection between the later Surrealist movement in France, which used dreams as a foundation for poetry and stark prose and the dream scape that Hawthorne creates in Young Goodman Brown and other stories such as Ethan Brand and The Minister's Black Veil. Was the story a dream? The lines between reality and dreaming are mixed and blurred. The reality principle is challenged. Our existence is seen in terms of the dream realm. The imagined, vision,  is given credibility over the usual rationalistic logic that only accepts the earthly, tangible, temporal side of thinking. I think of what Socrates said about the dream state which was that we must exist in the dream realm and in our waking state of consciousness; therefore neither one is more valid.
September 1995
T.Byron K. 2013

Appalachians & Outlaws

It makes sense that so many Outlaw Poets are Appalachian since it is
very much of an outsider culture to begin with and Outlaw Poetry is
(like Outsider Art) concerned with the remembrance of the lost.
T.Byron K. 2013

“The Poet’s Year”

I thought of “The Poet’s Year” by J.W. Goethe once again, I read this small tract of writing while in Graduate school in a collection titled “Masterpieces of The World’s Best Literature” published in 1910. I beliveve that it helped to shape my writing process as a Poet as much as “Letters To A Young Poet” by Rilke or Jim Morrison’s essay on the self interview and it is a book that I have returned to again and again since that time. Goethe helps to clearly define the vocation of the Poet in this writing; “ His poems on the various incidents of rural life, indeed do represent rather the reflections of a refined intellect than the feelings of the common people; but if we could picture a harper were present at the hay, corn, and potato harvests,-if we recollected how he might make the men whom he gathered around him observant of that which recurs to them as ordinary and familiar; if by his manner of regarding it, by his poetical expresssion, he elevated the common, and heigtened the enjoyment of every gift of God and nature by his dignified representation of it, we may truly say he would be a real benefactor to his country. For the first stage of true enlightenment is, that men should reflect upon his condition and circumstances and be brought to regard them in the most agreeable light. The Poet (should) essay to awaken the rude, reckless, unobservant man, who takes everything for granted, to an attentive observation of the high wonders of all nourishing nature, by which he is constantly surrounded.”
T.Byron K. 2013

Conveys The Eternal

My first encounter with Robert Frost was my Father's reading of Stopping By A Woods on A Snowy Evening to our family and it was my first experience with poetry. The poem has a mystical quality and convey's the eternal well (even to wide eyed children before Christmas). I always felt that Frost was responsible for connecting poetry and the people again after a long and rather academic alienation or divorce if you will. I recall reading about a poetry reading Frost did with Archibald Macliesh, who had passed out his poems to the audience as well and during the reading at some point Frost lit one of the poems and yelled "Fire, Fire!, watching it burn before the audience's amazement. I found a beautiful anthology of Frost's poems that contains all of his books (eleven total) Edited by Edward Lathem and first published in 1969. Frost reminds me a lot of Sherwood Anderson as well, who is a poetic storyteller of Midwest America (Ohio) and who also handles the "dark paradoxes" of life well within his work. I also found that Frost was very evocative of Whitman's verse, without as much consecutive cataloging of images.

T.Byron K. 2013

A Poet who cares about Souls

I just came across a photo of Robert Bly on his farm in
2009 and thought about how important his poetry has been
to me over the years and his teaching as well. I was given an anthology
Bly had Edited and a video back around 1990-92 or so. The book was titled
"The Rag & Bone Shop of The Heart" and I recently purchased the hardback
version of it because I love it so much. The video was a tape of a Bill Moyer's PBS
special that featured Robert Bly and his work with the men's movement at the time.
It was called "A Gathering of Men" and in it Bly performs spoken word poems
with music and lectures gatherings of men. The poetry is transcendent and beautiful
and his reading of "The Wind One Brilliant Day" inspired me to perform it with my own
band later on. There is a healing component to Bly's work, but not without digging around
in the "mud" of everyday life and going through the grief that all of us face first. I always
thought of Robert Bly as one of my Spiritual Fathers, a Poet who cares about Souls.

T.Byron K. 2013

Appalachian Restoration Project

I agreed with Prof. Patrick Gainer, who fought to overcome years of hillbilly stereotyping by those outside Appalachia. The reason I believe we need to reclaim our identity is it has been taken from us by those that wish to exploit and damage the region, redefinition will follow. *The Appalachian Restoration Project was created after several frustrating email conversations with a California filmmaker that continued to portray Appalachians in stereotypical ways in his work, and saw no problem with it.

-T. Byron Kelly
T.Byron K. 2013

The Beginning of The End

A golden
courage of
dandilions hide
quiet faces by
light falling/
A cold remnant
carries snow
w/in a
vault of Heaven
& long now into
An old
of roses may
yet contain
newer blooms/
as a forgotten