Fellow Dark Lights. Poetry is my oldest voice. Its my lifeline to my own emotions. My childhood involved a lot of fear, which translated into a lot of anger. It was hard for me to say what I wanted to say. But what I needed to say always came out clearest to me in poetry.
Each poem I wrote became a mental photograph, a snapshot in time of my emotional state at that moment. When I re-read my old poems I recall what I felt: Fear, rage, grief, ecstasy, even those all-too-brief moments of joy and spiritual bliss, in more detail than an actual photograph possibly could because a photograph can sometimes capture what we felt (a happy or sad moment), but not always why we felt that way. One without the other blurs the memory of the moment. Poetry keeps it crystal clear in a way I can’t explain better…except perhaps in a poem!
I can’t be the only one who sees poetry this way. So I want to share these poems with you. To see if what I feel–and why I’m feeling it–resonates with the world I live in.
Am I even on the same frequency? Is anybody of my tribe out there?
Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula is free to read on Wattpad unless something changes. Maybe there’s something in there to help you where ever you are now. Can we better heal through a shared experience?
We lift each other up.
Diane Severson, photo credit: Amazing Stories Magazine
Diane Severson, an amazing writer and singer in her own right, took some time to review Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula in Amazing Stories Magazine. As an added bonus, she recorded herself reading a few of the poems and you can hear the richness of her tone in every word. Highly recommended.
Thanks, Diane! Please never stop sharing your creativity! And thanks to Amazing Stories doing your part to keep speculative poetry alive.
Recently I entered Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula into a self-published book contest. I didn’t win (what the heck?!) but I received this review from one of the judges that impressed me with how observant the reader was to the little details that went into making the book. Nothing makes an author more happy than a thoughtful (and vocal) reader. Don’t forget you can buy this book on Amazon and Smashwords!
The title, cover, and even the table of contents of TRANSMISSIONS TO THE MYSTIC NEBULA suggest a traditional, even stereotypical, form of science fiction, a world of spaceships, robots, aliens, and intergalactic conquest. Instead, the poet fastens his eyes on the heavens with his feet firmly on planet Earth as he connects our very human world with astronomy, physics, mythologies, and the paranormal. As the poet tells a love interest in “Ash in My Lungs,” “I brought you here to show you / this fragile wild of my soul, / the dark things that connect us.” The poet sets up the collection with a “researcher’s note” describing a cyber-poet, awash in the hyper-communications of a modern, wired world, who identifies a distant nebula with a backyard telescope and sends transmissions of poems in an effort to communicate and be heard. This gives the collection an authentic science fiction frame, reinforced by internal art that echoes the intriguing cover image and includes status updates as the transmission progresses. However, what makes these poems so strong is that, taken out of this context, they are impressive, accomplished creations that succeed on their stand-alone merits. The poet offers a beautifully written mix of forms and free verse, poems in which he explores love, sex, memories, seasons, and death. Although he hasn’t organized the poems into sections, the verses are ordered carefully so the flow keeps the whole connected. It’s interesting that the early poems are filled with celestial imagery that eventually gives way to more gravity-bound themes, ultimately leading to poems about death and the departed. In the end, though, the final graphic of the collection says delivery of the transmission is confirmed, and the poet adds a final, hopeful message, “I know you’re out there. I’m waiting.” Physically, everything about the book is attractive and professionally done. The poet is to be congratulated on a memorable first book of fresh and fine poetry, a true joy for the reader.
– Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Sitting alone in the Chinese restaurant, pouring a cup of jasmine tea, I suddenly realized I could do anything–anything–I wanted and was rocked momentarily by a boomcake of freedom known only to children and the otherworldly.
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Hello, dear readers. Continuing my grand experiment in audio poetry, I’ve recorded myself reading “Shadows” from Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula. Would love your feedback.
If you have a cool or interesting voice (or are just passionate about poetry), and would be willing to read one of my poems, I’d love to add it to my collection.
- Find a poem you like in Transmissions and record yourself reading it. I use a free app called iTalk for my iPhone.
- Post your recording in MP3 format somewhere where I can find it. Send me the link.
- I’ll download the file and post it here along with your name and your website (if its all right with you.)
- If you’re particularly daring, post your reading on Youtube. I’ll send my favorite readings a signed copy of the book, Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula!
I’ve been experimenting with the idea of putting some of my poetry into audio format. Every so often I’ll hear someone with a unique voice and think to myself, “Wow! I’d love to have that person read a poem or two!” So I’m looking for portable tools and software (mostly my mobile phone) to capture such moments when I get the opportunity.
Here’s my first try with my father, Thomas Vera, Sr. He’s reading “She Reminds Me of Mangos” from TRANSMISSIONS TO THE MYSTIC NEBULA.
He’s reading into my iPhone 4 using the free version of iTalk. I’d love to hear what you think.
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28 years later, local poet publishes debut book online
San Diego, CA – Author, and San Diego native Christopher Vera announced the publication of a debut poetry collection started 28 years ago, entitled “Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula.”
This long-awaited collection of poetry follows the life and relationships of a cyber-poet in the not-to-distant future who seeks to find his place in the universe by initiating several unauthorized communications to a mysterious cosmic phenomenon.
Vera is a contributing member of the Magee Park Poets in Carlsbad, and his work has won accolades both locally and in competition. “San Diego is increasingly the place to be for poets and writers,” he said. “The whole county has more literary talent than most people realize, especially poets and writers of fiction.” Vera also spoke to the growing interest in steam punk, science fiction and fantasy. “Speculative writers are essentially presenting many possible gateways to the future, much like H.G. Wells, Jules Verne and other greats did before them.”
“Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula” is available as an e-book on Smashwords and as an e-book or print-on-demand through Amazon.
For more information, readers can visit chrisvera.com.
Hubble Captures View of 'Mystic Mountain' (Photo credit: wstera2)
Some fans have been asking for a paper version of “Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula.” So be it. And it looks great! The cost is a bit higher because I’d prefer people save the trees (and I’m not making a dime more off the paper version), but I completely understand that feeling of having a book to hold in your hand. I may even order a couple of copies (sorry trees!)
You can buy it on Createspace now and will be on Amazon shortly.
Thanks again to all of you who have taken the time and resources to support me. I can’t wait to bring you more poetry and fiction.