Susan Budd

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Metaphysical questions about consciousness and dreams have always fascinated me. From childhood, I loved reading fantasies, myths, and fairy tales. I loved reverie and introspection. Later I studied philosophy of mind and the spiritual mysticism of East and West. I explored visionary literature and art. I scrutinized my own mind. Now I’m a professor of philosophy and literature at the City University of New York.

My first book was Visions, a montage of psychedelic dream poems. Visions was born of my fascination with the mind and its modes of perception. It was also strongly influenced by my love of art and music. My novella, Felicity, is a dreamlike philosophical fable about the nature of reality and the meaning of life.

Plum Blossom Maiden: An Original Fairy Tale

Plum Blossom Maiden- small A fairy tale is very like a poem ~ or a dream.

Plum blossom maiden dances in the moonlight. From her kimono sleeves, dreams flutter to earth like blossoms borne on the breeze.

“Plum Blossom Maiden” is both fairy tale and prose-poem. It was inspired by my fascination with dreams and my appreciation for Japanese art and poetry. It is aesthetically simple, subtle, and symbolic ~ like a haiku or a... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on April 10, 2019 04:04 Tags: dreams, fairy-tale, poetry
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To read American poetry
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Too Far To Go is the story of Richard and Joan Maple. I generally do not enjoy stories about relationships, but I wanted to read something by John Updike and I chose this because the stories span the 60s and 70s ~ the decades of my youth.

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What did the buzzards of Eden eat? If there even were buzzards in Eden. At least there will be no buzzards in Alpha Centauri. Unless the colonists bring buzzards with them ~ as Memento Mori. But it probably wouldn’t make a difference. After all, it ...more
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Majenta Hello, Susan! Thank you for contacting me! Happy Weekend! Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta

Ivonne Rovira Thank you so much for the Friend request. I see that your reading taste is as eclectic as mine: C.S. Lewis and Ursula Le Guin, Sherman Alexie and Herman Hesse, Charles Kingsley and Charles Bukowski. Can't wait to see what you'll read next!

Cheers, Ivonne

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Lesle Susan
Thank you for joining our group NTLTRC.
We hope you enjoy!

Thank you for the invite also!
Take care!

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Sher Susan:
We will be reading Basho in March on the Nature Lit group, and I thought you might be interested in joining us. :)


Nicole~ Hello Susan, Thank You for the friendvite!

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