The author of these poems is a philosopher by profession. In these pages, he steps adeptly from the philosophical idea to the concrete image. He proves himself a master in the Symbolist tradition. In the prologue to this collection of poems, William Packard comments on the vision of eternal realities that is evident in de Nicolas' poems: "At its best, this is the kind of poetry that Plato was describing in his dialogues, and the kind of poetry that Nietzsche was calling for in Zarathustra." Remembering the God to Come describes near-mystical experiences, recollections of the soul's true realities, captured in the metaphor of Woman. These poems are meditations on the power of images in our spiritual and sexual lives. They are reminders of the path of memory one must follow to create culture.
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May 17, 2000
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