John W. Leys

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John W. Leys is an indie-poet who been writing poetry since he was 14 years old, inspired by the words of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Initially intending to try and write songs (which he still does now and then) he was turned onto the idea of writing poetry by a class assignment in an otherwise dismal Freshman English class. The discovery of poets such as Lord Byron, Erica Jong, and Allen Ginsberg began to shape his poetic voice, which continues to evolve.

John was born on Long Island, New York and raised in Albany, Oregon. He served five years in the U.S. Army as a personnel clerk, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa and studied for his master’s degree in Judaic Studies at the
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John W. Leys Most important: don't give up. Keep writing and, as hard as it can be, share your work with other writers you trust to get honest feedback. Grow as a …moreMost important: don't give up. Keep writing and, as hard as it can be, share your work with other writers you trust to get honest feedback. Grow as a writer, but always be true to yourself. I've found great inspiration from something Allen Ginsberg once said: “To gain your own voice, forget about having it heard. Become a saint of your own province and your own consciousness.” Write what you want to write, how you want to write it. Don't write what you think an audience might want to read, write what reflects your soul and your audience will find you.(less)
John W. Leys My next project is a collection of poetry inspired by mythology, especially Celtic (Irish and British/Welsh) and Norse mythology, though others will b…moreMy next project is a collection of poetry inspired by mythology, especially Celtic (Irish and British/Welsh) and Norse mythology, though others will be represented as well. Some poems will be retellings of myths, comparing the variations of the stories that have come down to us, some will be meditations on these stories, and some will be sprung from my own imagination, inspired by these great tales and the manner in which they were told in works such as the Book of Taliesin, the Mabinogion, and the Norse Eddas, to name a few.(less)
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Myths are stories without authors, composed before we wrote things down, when everything was recorded on the poet’s tongue and in the bard’s breath. They stem from a time when the border between dream and reality was barely drawn, when the wall between this world and the other was but a thin membrane, at best. Myths were our first attempts to make sense of t

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Marcus Aurelius
“Do not act as if you were going to live ten thousand years. Death hangs over you. While you live, while it is in your power, be good.”
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“You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Socrates
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
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Diogenes of Sinope
“Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?”
Diogenes of Sinope




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