Spiritus Mundi, Novel by Robert Sheppard

Spiritus Mundi, Novel by Robert Sheppard

Three poems from Pushcart Prize nominee Robert Sheppard’s “Poems from Spiritus Mundi” are featured on the acclaimed poetry journal “Pyrokinection,” edited by A.J. Huffman. The “Poems from Spiritus Mundi” are an embedded integral part of the dual novel “Spiritus Mundi” and have also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize by “Poetry Pacific” a sister renown online journal of poetry.

To See Poems from Spiritus Mundi on the Pyrokinection site see: http://www.pyrokinection.com/2012/06/three-poems-from-robert-sheppard.html

To see three more of the Poems from Spiritus Mundi on Poetry Pacific see:  http://poetrypacific.blogspot.com/2013/03/3-poems-by-robert-sheppard.html

Poet & Novelist Robert Sheppard, Author of Spiritus Mundi

Poet & Novelist Robert Sheppard, Author of Spiritus Mundi


Where words come to burn . . .



Three Poems from Robert Sheppard

Tree in Winter

Exfoliate of lives errant,
Exfoliate of dreams illusive,
Exfoliate of desires obscurant,
Exfoliate of loves derisive,
This only Tree
In Winter,
Inward flows its long sap,
Like the flowing of glass.
Far below, hung as on one branch,
City of Illusions,
Derisive, Buzzes,
Eternal dwelling place of subjective beings,
Stares out of windows, refracted honeycombs;
Do not believe they exist,
The men who pursue them.

The Lunatic of One Idea

In the Kingdom of the Blind,
The one-eyed man is King;
In the Empire of the Clouded Mind
The Lunatic of One Idea
Is tyrant dictator
And First Mover.
Hail the Saturnalia!
The First shall be Last!
Joyous Monomania!
Free at last,
Free at last,
Thank God Almighty,
Free at Last!

“Solip-sliding Away”

Over-much selving,
So lips, so lips, so lips
Sliding away,
Tongue, tongue, tonguing
Tonguing, engine of
Run-away, runaway, awaying
A weighing
No one there,
Behind the wheel,
No one there,
Run away engine
Auto-pilot — tongue in the cheek of God.

**These poems first appeared as part of Robert Sheppard’s novel, Spiritus Mundi. They are being reprinted here, with the author’s permission, for the reader’s convenience and enjoyment. (Copyright 2010).

About robertalexandersheppard

Robert Sheppard , Author, Poet & Novelist Pushcart Prize fof Literature 2014 Nominee Professor of World and Comparative Literature Professor of International Law Senior Associate, Committee for a Democratic United Nations (KDUN) E-mail: rsheppard99_2000@yahoo.com Robert Sheppard is the author of the acclaimed dual novel Spiritus Mundi, nominated for the prestigious 2014 Pushcart Prize for Literature in two parts, Spiritus Mundi the Novel, Book I and Spiritus Mundi the Romance, Book II. The acclaimed “global novel” features espionage-terror-political-religious-thriller action criss-crossing the contemporary world involving MI6, the CIA and Chinese MSS Intelligence as well as a "People Power" campaign to establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly on the model of the European Parliament, with action moving from Beijing to London to Washington, Mexico City and Jerusalem while presenting a vast panorama of the contemporary international world, including compelling action and surreal adventures. It also contains the unfolding sexual, romantic and family relationships of many of its principal and secondary characters, and a significant dimension of spiritual searching through "The Varieties of Religious Experience." It contains also significant discussions of World Literature, including Chinese, Indian, Western and American literature, and like Joyce's Ulysses, it incorposates a vast array of stylistic approaches as the story unfolds. Dr. Sheppard presently serves as a Professor of International Law and World Literature at Peking University, Northeastern University and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China, and has previously served as a Professor of International Law and MBA professor at Tsinghua University, Renmin People’s University, the China University of Politics and Law and at the Law Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, China. Having studied Law, Comparative Literature and politics at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph. D.Program in Comparative Literature), Northridge, Tübingen, Heidelberg, the People’s College and San Francisco, (BA, MA, JD), he additionally has been active as professor of International Trade, Private International Law, and Public International Law from 1993 to 1998 at Xiamen University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School (CASS), and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. In the US he serves as a Professor at Kean University, as well as having taught at Bergen Community College and Pillar College in NJ. Since 2000 he has served as a Senior Consultant to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Beijing and has authored numerous papers on the democratic reform of the United Nations system.
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