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The Yearning Lurks: The Collected Poems By Charles Frode
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Charles Frode doesn’t recall the moment when he first realized that words have power to injure and power to heal, but he recounted to me once the impact that that realization had and still has... More > on him. An author from youth, Frode’s poetry originates in his spiritual quest that eventually took him to a Trappist monastery where he met his Narcissus and discovered the archetype he was living out. He subsequently wrote and published his memoir, I Am Goldmund: My Spiritual Odyssey With Narcissus. He has written and published three collections of short stories, and The Garden: Perennial Reflections on Beginnings and Ends.The poems in this collection span 60 years of spiritual seeking; longing loss and love; and 40 years of teaching high school English Language Learners, creative writing students, and currently incarcerated juveniles.< Less
The Garden: Perennial Reflections on Beginnings and Ends By Charles Frode
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Gardens and gardening are analogues and metaphors for life and death, beginnings and ends. There is a ground in which our seeds are sown. There is the daily nurturing of water, food, care, and love.... More > There are the chronic dangers of disease, insects, disaster, disregard, and drought. There is a harvest of food and beauty. And ultimately there is the season’s change, a withering and passing of all that is beautiful and good. And then, a return back to the ground from which it all arose in its time. From which we all arose in our time. What better teacher than the garden? Its seasons, its demands, its lessons, its rewards.< Less
Dreaming of Fish & Other Apocalyptic Stories Of Foreboding and Grace By Charles Frode
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Charles Frode's 3rd short story collection, concentrated, bitter and benignly pessimistic squeezings from the season's harvest, the ripest leftover fruit gleaned after the sweetest fruit has been... More > picked, mystical gumbos of differently stirred dimensions of experience. Several stories written by the "You" narrator, could be you, the reader, or Frode, the author. Three apocalyptic stories of how the earth could end by the distortions of ancient trees, by the accumulations of cultures, and by the aberration of algorithms. A handful of stories about an invasion of sanctified cockroaches, an uncannily skilled boy, a mystical story of ALS, a stereotypical young mass murderer, a hunchback a hermaphrodite and a mysterious Greek monastery, a walleyed degenerate and his omnivorous goats, and the transmigration of a matriarchal boar's spirit.< Less
A Dream of India & Other Mystic Stories of Radiance and Darkness By Charles Frode
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14 STORIES EMERGED FROM MYSTICAL INTERSECTIONS of humanity, reality, and magic. Author CHARLES FRODE has ushered these worlds of radiance and darkness into life for those who have lost love or long... More > to love; for those traumatized by broken family; for those warring between mind and feeling; and for those who relish a life that is a wonderfully harmonious feeling-flux of darkness and illumination— male and female, animate and inanimate.< Less
I Am Goldmund: My Spiritual Odyssey with Narcissus By Charles Frode
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This remarkable memoir recounts the author’s spiritual odyssey with a remarkable person, a modern man, a Trappist monk. The story of their enduring friendship is even more amazing because in... More > 1930 Nobel Prize winning author, Hermann Hesse, wrote his famous novel about just such a fascinating friendship between two medieval men—Narcissus and Goldmund. It is a wonderful mystery that Hesse understood the depth and width of Narcissus and Goldmund’s friendship half a century before the author of this memoir embarked on the selfsame voyage of friendship and love when, at the age of twenty, he entered a Trappist monastery in California where he met his own Narcissus and discovered an identical passion and understanding created from archetypical forces brought together in one time and place by the unseen, powerful forces of the cosmos.< Less
One Times One & Other Numinous Stories of Redemption and Loss By Charles Frode
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14 sinister disturbing gently cynical stories where reality is not good or bad, right or wrong, alive or dead. Everything is one thing without limits either in essence or in our feeble attempts to... More > identify and delimit it with our wonderful words. The stories in this second collection present reality as the wonder of redemption and loss. Some stories are about couples, some not. Some are about an individual’s personal existential challenge to survive. Some emerged from somewhere inside the author when he unlocked a hidden door. These fourteen stories embody aspects of the spiritual nature of reality, about the redemptive quality inherent in all human beings. Each story presents some kind of loss in the context of spiritual redemption; hope, ultimate hope, hope for self-redemption; and the inherent dignity of all living creatures. Let each story take you somewhere new where you can consider something about yourself, something about ourselves as humans. About the numinous quality of your own redemption and loss.< Less