A Poet in your Age
What secret do you hide where others touch,
what part of me do you grant at all hours,
how much am I the flower in your flesh?
What could I give or take without your gift,
how much of you is given when I touch,
or hands that touched before how much?
Away from me what hands can touch,
who enters now with arms or hands,
what space in you is still untouched?
Cry up tensions teased from flesh,
guard for me nothing that can’t be kept,
give to me nothing but what I show,
summon meaning with your effort,
tell me nothing I have heard but know.
Mark Chandos has spent his life in contemplation of poetry. His present work is a result of a profound dissatisfaction with current poetic trend. There is no market for modern poetry and there are no poets known to the man on the street. There are no legitimate, authoritative personalities in the Poetry of our time. Poetry, in effect is invisible in the modern world.
Mark Chandos has found the source of our alienation of language. Modern men live under the shadow of a secret and superior language in our culture: the secret language of occult science. By exposure of this subversive language he discovers a means to overcome its debilitating influence on the modern vernacular English. Further, Chandos has identified that story is no longer a means to translate our highest human concepts. The specialized Western sciences do not contain human stories, they contain only specialized words that chase their own tail. Consequently, he has written a philosophy to correct the defective nature of modern Western perception: Story Theory. Story Theory has identified all the alien themes of Western literature – seldom recognized by Western society. The philosophy, though a separate achievement, introduces each of his books of poems. He has written a severe epic poem to unite all his concepts in a story of value and importance, that once again, poses the question: What is man?