R.M. Engelhardt (TALON)

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in Albany, New York, The United States




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Upstate NY based poet, writer R.M. Engelhardt (Talon) has published several books over the last two decades including The Last Cigarette: The Collected Poems of R.M. Engelhardt & others. Engelhardt through his ideas & visions has helped to create a large amount of the Upstate, Albany, NY spoken word~poetry scene and is the host of "THE TROY POETRY MISSION" an Open Mic For All Poets, Writers in Troy,NY. His work has also been published by many journals both in print including Writers Resist, Telepoem, Red Fez, Rusty Truck, Sure! The Charles Bukowski Newsletter, Thunder Sandwich, dry land lit, 2nd Avenue, The Angry Poet,Danse Macabre, Full of Crow & many others. He is also the founder of the group Albany Poets.

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A Writers Advice


Poetry and cigarettes

May save your soul,

Or what once

Someone told me

Before I grew old,


And scotch and women?


It’s all the same,

For these four things

Shall keep you quite sane


But now that I’m older

And wiser for wear

I know it’s only love

That keeps our souls here.


For words

Might be wisdom

And the words may be true

But love is more

Beautiful and

Far wiser than you


(shall ever ever be)



~ R.M.

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Description: Two poems published in several magazines from 2006-2007 from my book "The Last Cigarette: The Collected Poems Of R.M. Engelhardt 1989-2006" Available thru Scribd & Google Books.
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Description: “Poetry is a foretaste of truth. It is the vestibule of faith. It is contemporary poets who have turned it into smoke and mirrors.” ~ Anna Kamienska (via proustitute) _____________________

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“A smoke, a book, a cup of coffee.

These are the little things that get us through this sometimes weary world and all the rainy days.”
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“Words are powerful. Words make a difference. They can create and destroy. They can open doors and close doors. Words can create illusion or magic, love or destruction. … All those things.”
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“I believe the world only gives us what we seek to find.”
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“In The End The Words Are The All And The Nothing.”
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“Write from truth, write from self.

Writing theory or conceptual writing may be

A way to create new forms or styles but in the end?

The Words Must Be Your Own.”
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“It may be the wrong decision, but fuck it, it's mine.”
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