Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Dark Side of the Moon

Most people, who shy away from poetry, do so because they believe it is dark and depressing. Fortunately, Armenian born author, artist, and designer, Varujan Ughurlyan, dispels this myth. On first glance, the beautiful artwork stirs up one’s interest to discover more about the book. It is a pleasant surprise to realize the book is more than just a compilation of poetry. A story is unveiled using lyrical verse, narration, and stunning artistic designs that compliment and enhance the reading experience.

The story is an introspective and uplifting exploration of the progression of Man that comprises mind, body, and soul. It is a story of humanity interlinked with the natural world, both in the physical and spiritual sense. Creation, evolution, life, and death reveal an uplifting and inspirational tale. The spirit of Man and the essence of life demonstrate a journey of growth, reflection, and change, interwoven in time. The essence of time and thought mix and evolve into an understanding and appreciation about the significance of language:

“And when the Word grows weary,
It ceases to be
And transforms itself into
Something else”

The relationship of the self, entwined with nature and the universe, reveals an introspective and enriching journey:

Means feeling the harmony
Of Nature’s design
Being a light of Creation”

As a lyric poet, the author creates an inspirational story with vivid poetic imagery allowing one to see and feel harmony with Man, nature, and the universe. By using visual artistic imagery and visual prose, the book becomes a palette with the author painting a philosophical and inspirational story of Man. The book is rich with poetical devices that use uplifting and philosophical metaphors enhanced by artistic imagery.

It is a work inspiring self-reflection, respect for the natural world, and the magical wonders of the universe. The story is livened with eloquent symbolism, but not over weighted by it, and enhanced by artistic illustrations. The book inspires self-reflection in a manner both heartening and positive.

The story is quick to highlight the universal but stays rooted in the concise and clear utilization of poetic images reflecting the natural world. We are reminded that we are not just observers of nature and the universe. We are part of it.

I highly recommend The Dark Side of the Moon to those who enjoy reading inspirational and thoughtful literature about the nature of humanity and our role in it.

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Hardcover: 313 pages
Publisher: VA-Vision, Inc.; 1st edition (2006)
ISBN: 9994101471
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  • The moon is gone.

    She fled as dawn approached.

    Dawn as a slowly opening eye.

    White sea birds skimming over the water,

    looking for an early morning snack.

    The mirror brightens.

    From a blood moon at dawn to a mirror

    reflecting waking life...


    I woke her to take the moon.

    Her campaign was swift and terrible.

    Metallic and fierce.

    Glaring up in the twilight.

    But the moon was both implacable and unreachable

    and in the end the war against the moon failed.

    As dawn rose slowly from her bed, the moon slipped away.

    But in the end, all that was lost,

    was a little sleep....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At Friday, June 01, 2007  

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