Mystic Delights through the Senses: A Book of Poems

Notion Press
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Mystical Delights Through the Senses is a book of poems intended to evoke the mystical attributes hidden in our inner being to break forth into our experiential domain. The very inputs for this process are the perception of beauty and grandeur in the world around us and in the Cosmos through our senses. Poetry is the engine through which the mundane inputs the author receives is translated into a medium of emotional transformation.

The kaleidoscope of dimensions from which the poems have originated provides rich content for different readers to maximize their reading pleasure. To break the seriousness of reading these thought-provoking verses, a few limericks have also been penned.

While the journeys of the author in gathering these experiences have been physical, virtual and mystical, the reader is privileged to experience pleasurable emotions from the comfort of his or her armchair.
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About the author

Barnabas Tiburtius was born in Tiruchirappalli, India. His early education was in a Catholic seminary where he studied Mathematics, Science and Latin for five years. He then graduated in Electrical Engineering from Madras University. He worked in the field of control systems as a researcher, creative innovator and senior management professional for 38 years.

A systemic thinker and avid reader, he has wholly devoted the last 16 years to the study of consciousness, cognitive science, cosmology, mythology, quantum physics and spirituality. He regularly gives empowering talks and conducts workshops on science and spirituality to varied audiences.

He teaches “Science and Theology” to graduate students for their Bachelor of Divinity course. This course covers the history of the relationship between science and religion, Darwinian and Theistic evolution of life, development of human consciousness, progress in the study of cosmology, nature of reality and the emerging stage of synthesis between science and religion and the paradigm shift towards a cosmic spirituality.

He has also published a spiritual self-help book. He has written more than five hundred articles and papers.

He lives with his wife, Margaret, in Chennai.

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Publisher
Notion Press
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Published on
Aug 9, 2018
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Pages
196
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ISBN
9781643249926
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Language
English
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Genres
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Places
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In May’s debut collection, poems buzz and purr like a well-oiled chassis. Grit, trial, and song thrum through tight syntax and deft prosody. From the resilient pulse of an abandoned machine to the sinuous lament of origami animals, here is the ever-changing hum that vibrates through us all, connecting one mind to the next.

“Linguistically acrobatic [and] beautifully crafted. . . [Jamaal May's] poems, exquisitely balanced by a sharp intelligence mixed with earnestness, makes his debut a marvel.” —Publishers Weekly

“The elegant and laconic intelligence in these poems, their skepticism and bent humor and deliberately anti-Romantic stance toward experience are completely refreshing. After so much contemporary writing that seems all flash, no mind and no heart, these poems show how close observation of the world and a gift for plain-spoken, but eloquent speech, can give to poetry both dignity and largeness of purpose, and do it in an idiom that is pitch perfect to emotional nuance and fine intellectual distinctions. Hard-headed and tough-minded, Hum is the epitome of what Frost meant by ‘a fresh look and a fresh listen.’” —Tom Sleigh

"Jamaal May’s debut collection, Hum, is concerned with what’s beneath the surfaces of things—the unseen that eats away at us or does the work of sustaining us. Reading these poems, I was reminded of Ellison’s ‘lower frequencies,’ a voice speaking for us all. May has a fine ear, acutely attuned to the sonic textures of everyday experience. And Hum—a meditation on the machinery of living, an extended ode to sound and silence—is a compelling debut.” —Natasha Trethewey

"In his percussive debut collection Hum, Jamaal May offers a salve for our phobias and restores the sublime to the urban landscape. Whether you need a friend to confide in, a healer to go to, or a tour guide to take you there, look no further. That low hum you hear are these poems, emanating both wisdom and swagger.” —A. Van Jordan

From "Mechanophobia: Fear of Machines":

There is no work left for the husks.
Automated welders like us,
your line replacements, can't expect
sympathy after our bright
arms of cable rust over. So come

collect us for scrap, grind us up
in the mouth of one of us.
Let your hand pry at the access
panel with the edge of a knife,
silencing the motor and thrum.


Jamaal May is a poet, editor, and filmmaker from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His poetry won the 2013 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and appears in journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, The Believer, NER, and The Kenyon Review. Jamaal has earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and The Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. He founded the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press.


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