Rainflowers is the end result of seventeen years of work. The germinal stage of its development involved years of stream-of-consciousness journals that were poured over, the best lines gleaned into poems that took forms and shapes all their own. It was a time of searching for words to form into images attempting to describe the unknowable world poets have been attempting to describe for centuries. My journey of creation took me both into form and free verse.
The title and cover were chosen to symbolize the idea of something beautiful coming out a time of rain, a time when it is difficult to see the forest for the trees. In the Bible, the rainbow is a symbol of promise, and of bridges to another, better world. It was this focus, this hope for something better, that colors the imagery of these poems of unrequited and lost love and the mysteries of time and the universe.
Influences are many, but poets most skilled at creating other worlds with their words were the greatest inspiration. These included, but were certainly not limited to, William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, and nineteenth century French Symbolists such as Stéphane Mallarmé and Charles Baudelaire.
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