Stranded Hearts and Other Sorrows

Stranded Hearts and Other Sorrows

October 25, 2021 3 Comments

For those of you who have been asking, the release date for 'Stranded Hearts and Other Sorrows' will be fall of 2022. Once again as in 'Song of Desire' my poetry is illustrated by digital artist Pete Berg. As Alan Bamberger wrote about our collaboration in 2017, "an emotive coalescence of a literary and visual experience, an environment where the two mediums blend in an endless circumference."

I think by now if you are familiar with my poetry you will recognize the universal and timeless theme of unrequited love. I recently read a statistic that stated, “Ninety eight percent of the population has been on either one or both sides of an unrequited love.” The theme then becomes universal and for centuries artist have been inspired to create from this perceived love. 

“I think in some ways unrequited love seems so much better than real love. It will always remain in some perfect realm of lust and sadness but never fall into the realm of familiarity and boredom. It will also never grow into a deep emotional tie with someone you love in a 360 dimension, ‘through better or worse’.”

It seems the path toward achieving the ideal love relationship is littered with affairs of the heart that are incomplete approximations. There is a certain magic to unrequited love, it can catapult an artist to new realms. The experience of unrequited love so often causes an ephemeral mood state.” 

As artist we are here to find the common denominators of the human condition. I write about this often because I think it is important in this time of decisiveness to remember we are more alike than different and to take comfort in this truth.

I will be including in my upcoming blogs the poetry from ‘Stranded Hearts and Other Sorrows’. Please feel free to leave a comment, I read your comments and appreciate all of them. 

Until another time very soon, remember “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu

 

Keep the Faith,

Gesso Cocteau

 

 © Stranded Hearts

Gesso Cocteau

Illustration Pete Berg



3 Responses

Gesso Cocteau
Gesso Cocteau

October 28, 2021

Melissa thank you for always being such a ray of light for me. Your words help me realize the discipline and work along with the dreams are worth it when they reach people like you. You are a sweetheart!

Robert I can see you playing Lao Tzu but then again I can also see you playing Blanche Dubois ____ You know I love having you read my poetry and thoughts. Thanks!

Melissa McGowen ~
Melissa McGowen ~

October 26, 2021

I am so excited to know your second book is about to be released shortly. Your poems are a must read for anyone who has ever fallen in love, or those waiting too. You have a way of reaching down into ones souls and releasing feelings that can’t be put into words. You do that for the reader. ~ M.

Robert M Soffian
Robert M Soffian

October 25, 2021

I once played Lao Tzu in a play.) Good to read your blog etc. I strained my back making art yesterday. So today …the sculpture of me would show. It is raining so that’s good and comforting.

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