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Name Sean Farragher
User Name seanfarragher
Home Page http://seanfarragher.com
Specialism All the above
Location US
Interests history, modern art, science and psychology
Profile I have earned degrees in English and creative writing from City College of New York and Columbia University. I was poet in residence for ten years with the South Carolina Arts Commission and the New Jersey Arts Council. I have published poetry and fiction for twenty years. The only important element in your profile is the work you create. Read mine, please.

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Birthday Poem 1-8-2006 Revised THIRD TIME by seanfarragher Word Count: 169

Poem separated from "The Garden of Earthly Delights" 
11 Jan 2006

"A Poet Whose Political Incorrectness Is a Crime" by seanfarragher Word Count: 408

-- Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egyptian Poet 5/13/06 
14 May 2006

"Pour La Petite Mort" by seanfarragher Word Count: 569

Tribute to the English Movie Star Dorothy Chili Bouchier 1909-1999. She Made 57 films and rejected Hollywood. 
16 May 2006

"The End of the World is Near" by seanfarragher Word Count: 511

First Draft -- 1 January 2006 
2 Jan 2006

“Facts Are Stubborn Things” -- Revised 3 by seanfarragher Word Count: 917

Poem came from exercise by Wenonah Lyon at Zoetrope: Write a flash or poem based on one of these proverbs (or one of your own choosing): "There's more to marriage than four bare legs in a bed." "Many a mickle makes a muckle." "Facts are stubborn things.." "A deaf husband and a blind wife are always a happy couple."  
8 Apr 2005

“Magical Mystery Tour” REVISED by seanfarragher Word Count: 611

My mystical mystery child tour (1945 to 1948)  
29 Dec 2005

“The Garden of Earthly Delights -- 2005” by seanfarragher Word Count: 515

Hieronymus Bosch and “Ecclesia's Paradise” 
13 Jan 2006

Adoration -- for Kate (slight edit) by seanfarragher Word Count: 314

Confessional Poem for Nell's Poetry Seminar Prompt 
6 Feb 2006

Are the Laws of Physics Variable? by seanfarragher Word Count: 419

What if the laws of physics in the universe changed from place to place and we derived inaccurate probability equations without form? 
21 May 2006

Black Immediacy, Dark Matter at Atomic Ground Zero by seanfarragher Word Count: 482

FLASH POETRY SUBMIT FOR: "Now I will shine for all the world to see." 
21 Mar 2006

Books from the Bible by seanfarragher Word Count: 539

Old Testament & Book of Revelation 
5 Apr 2005

Broken Photographs, Dutch Art and Time Machines by seanfarragher Word Count: 410

Nostalgia: Hudson River, Jacob Van Ruisdael and Theresa (1963) [Nostalgia: From Greek nostos, a return home]  
14 Mar 2005

Broken Toy (revised 27 May 05) by seanfarragher Word Count: 255

Every day the world seems more and more impossible. 
22 May 2005

Daily Poem: January 15, 2006 dft1 (from a prompt) revised by seanfarragher Word Count: 411

First Draft from a Prompt at Zoetrope written today: Write a poem in any form or style incorporating: rabbit, gun, cradle, couscous, paragon, cheese steak (for my UK friends cheese steak of course is Philadelphia food, but Camden is a city immediately across from Philadelphia. Step on the bridge in Camden, New Jersey and you are immediately in Philadelphia. Camden had horrific schools. I taught there in the 1970s, and from what I hear it is no better today. 
15 Jan 2006

Dreams of Comte Donatien Alphonse François de Sade by seanfarragher Word Count: 802

“Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man’s imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries.” Marquis de Sade (1740–1814), French author. Saint-Fond, in [i]L’Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 2 (1797)[/i] 
15 Nov 2005

Every Season Has Skeletons of Dangling Abuse by seanfarragher Word Count: 431

The Four Seasons by Stravinsky (if he had written the piece) 
24 Oct 2005

FAST FOOD GEOLOGY (some changes) by seanfarragher Word Count: 571

"The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion." - GK Chesterton 
19 Mar 2006

Finally Nothing -- by seanfarragher Word Count: 550

“All roads are blocked to a philosophy which reduces everything to the word “no.” To “no” there is only one answer and that is “yes.” Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing. Man lives more by affirmation than by bread.” Victor Hugo (1802–85), French poet, dramatist, novelist. Les Misérables, pt. 2, bk. 7, ch. 6 (1862)  
22 Jun 2005

For the late Poet, Joel Oppenheimer by seanfarragher Word Count: 1028

Joel Oppenheimer (1930-1988) 
19 Feb 2006


Adapted from original Diary of Eugene Goodwin (American civil war era diary) 
11 Apr 2005

Fountain of Youth by seanfarragher Word Count: 80

Traditional Valentine's Day Poem 2-14-05 
22 Feb 2005

From Taxi Murders (TxM6) hypertext Novel by seanfarragher Word Count: 764
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Serial murderers (brother and sister) kidsnap late term pregnant women. TxM6 may be the story of one survivor. More at http://taximurders.com 
15 Feb 2005

From the Book of Byzantium -- Parts 5 and 6 -- By Laurie Fallon, A Virtual Person Dead 9/11/01 by seanfarragher Word Count: 1235

Fear cripples for life. "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again!" Sections #5 and #6 By Laurie Fallon ("Dirty Little Girl") A Virtual Person  
18 Mar 2005

From the Book of Byzantium -- Parts 1 and 2 by seanfarragher Word Count: 302

The Poetry Seminar Group looked at this several months ago. How about Poetry IV. What do you think? Argument Byzantium: As children are abused by adults, terror grows. As horror expands, intellect diminishes and lives are wasted in the pursuit of apparent gods, forgotten nightmares and natural greed. That wound reminded me of my own face when I was beated and raped as a child. In the mirror now I am more blank than before terror was tasted as air failed and sulfuric smoke was rising.  
10 Mar 2005

From the Book of Byzantium -- Parts 3 and 4 by seanfarragher Word Count: 1214

Argument for the Book of Byzantium: As children are abused by adults, terror grows. As horror expands, intellect diminishes and lives are wasted in the pursuit of apparent gods, forgotten nightmares and natural greed. On 9/11/01 thousands evaporated into dust. That mortal wound reminded me of my own face when I was beaten and raped as a child. In the mirror now I am blank before terror was tasted as air failed and sulfuric smoke rose. (more to come) 
12 Mar 2005

George W. Bush and the Theology of Malthus Applied to Katrina by seanfarragher Word Count: 678

This was the time when New Orleans hurricane spake back to Noah and the US President of Sleaze in Rose Garden Mix and Match Fund Raiser for earthquakes in Pakistan and crickets in Tehran 
26 Sep 2006

Hurrah, Hooray, Huzzah by seanfarragher Word Count: 469

A Poem for Rebirth, revival and ecstasy. 
6 Mar 2005

Hurricanes revised (7th) by seanfarragher Word Count: 532

Revised to exclude three stanzas that may not be part of the poem. What do you think? 
25 Sep 2005

Ignorance REVISED by seanfarragher Word Count: 331

Random quotations from the New York Times and Google. The quotation is used as a prompt. 
17 Mar 2006

La Fin de la Lolita (revised) by seanfarragher Word Count: 362

Flash Dream Cartoons -- Written from prompt: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/flash/endofworld.html  
4 Jul 2005

Living Will – Ecclesiastes 12 by seanfarragher Word Count: 326

Poem for my son Ian for his birthday 12-5-1978 
8 May 2005

Love Poem: Calla Lilly & the Hawk Moth by seanfarragher Word Count: 766

The Perfection of Love 
25 Aug 2006

Metamorphism the Fifth Cycle by seanfarragher Word Count: 781

Prompt for poem .... was beauty or lost beauty 
29 Jan 2006

Modern Man Discovers Dark Matter by seanfarragher Word Count: 139
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Poem written for an exercise using the preparation of food as starting point 
20 Feb 2005

MONSTER IN BLUE EYES GONE BLANK by seanfarragher Word Count: 726

Note: I have hesitated to post this poem. It has been brewing inside since a dream where I transformed my mother into a monster or she me, and it became a monster movie. Colors are a natural connection to mood, past, future, and the impossible. I hope the poem upsets and at the same time is art. 
2 Sep 2005

Moral Man/Immoral Society after Reinhold Niebuhr (1932) by seanfarragher Word Count: 445

"Flash Prompt and Exercise for July 10 -- By Caz Ferguson Zoetrope Sunday Afternoon Flash Exercise -- What a week. We need some happiness, so here it is. The prompt is very simple today, folks. Write a poem expressing joy. Write about anything that makes you happy, in any poetic form." --- My Poem, "Moral Man/Immoral Society", asks the general question: is "joy" possible in this imperfect world? 
12 Jul 2005

My Grandfather`s Crocus REVISED by seanfarragher Word Count: 229

(A short poem by Request)--- Epigram taken from an older poem. 
2 Apr 2006

Narratives of New Netherland: 1611-1621 by seanfarragher Word Count: 1550

POEM THAT USES PROSE FOR DETAILS -- From The Journal of John Colman Mate on Dutch Ship, Little Fox, Murdered By His Crew In 1611 
25 May 2005

No Milk and Cookies by seanfarragher Word Count: 501

Poem is part of a book in progress: "My Mother is Marilyn Monroe". The book is an account of my life as a child. 
13 Feb 2005

ON THE NATURE OF THINGS by seanfarragher Word Count: 776

Why is Life Worth Living? 
22 Aug 2006

One Hundred Years by seanfarragher Word Count: 325
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A prose-poem reflected With Opitcal Isomerism 
12 Jun 2005

Orwell’s “1984” Redux– by seanfarragher Word Count: 387

"Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd!" POPE BENEDICT XVI -- 24 April 2005 ------- From 1984: "He sat back. A sense of complete helplessness had descended upon him. To begin with, he did not know with any certainty that this was 1984. It must be round about that date, since he was fairly sure that his age was thirty-nine, and he believed that he had been born in 1944 or 1945; but it was never possible nowadays to pin down any date within a year or two." --George Orwell, 1984.  
25 Apr 2005

Parnassus by seanfarragher Word Count: 249

My Self & Soul in 2005. Written after reading Yeats's "Self and Soul." 
8 Mar 2005

Petals of an Alizarin Rose (Spring Poem 2) by seanfarragher Word Count: 552

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.”—Henri Matisse 
7 Apr 2006

Poems with Anais Nin by seanfarragher Word Count: 337

Diary Inspired by Anais Nin's Fiction 
15 Apr 2005

Reality TV -- Version Three (one stanza change) by seanfarragher Word Count: 735

TV/Radio Exercise by Nell .  
28 Mar 2006

Residency by seanfarragher Word Count: 249
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Home has many faces and traumas 
18 Sep 2005

Sarah by seanfarragher Word Count: 502
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Sarah For Esther Simms (summer 1972) Pubished 1972 Dublin Magazine 
1 Jul 2005

Science, Time and one Ancient Love Story ** END REVISED** by seanfarragher Word Count: 465

Ritual and Meditation -- The Year is 1957 
22 Jan 2006

Sensory Exultation by seanfarragher Word Count: 483

"The world only goes round by misunderstanding." - Charles Baudelaire 
23 Mar 2006

Stations of the Cross by seanfarragher Word Count: 554
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Songs for an Agnostic's Easter 
27 Mar 2005

Steppes Between Mountains: A "love" Poem by seanfarragher Word Count: 500

My pessimism grows daily as I read the newspapers and copy in my notebooks the daily art of our disintegration 
2 May 2005

Story of One Girl, One Boy and the Hurricane REVISED 2 by seanfarragher Word Count: 597

vector 1. Mathematics. a. A quantity, such as velocity, completely specified by a magnitude and a direction. b. A one-dimensional array. c. An element of a vector space. 2. Pathology. An organism, such as a mosquito or tick, that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another. 3. Genetics. A bacteriophage, a plasmid, or another agent that transfers genetic material from one location to another. 4. A force or an influence.  
3 Oct 2005

Subterfuge -- Chapter One Genesis by seanfarragher Word Count: 667

Life, all life seems spiritual and at the same time, a scam. The poem explores, along with that first chapter of Genesis, this hypocrisy. Agnostics have their spiritual havens. Sometimes, Buddhism answers mine, and ironically, the Old Testament) enlightens. Yet, I prefer to live in reality and meditate to attain spiritual calm -- Sean  
9 Nov 2005

Taxi Murders Spirit Gadfly Past Tense Report: The Dreams of Laurie Fallon by seanfarragher Word Count: 1198

Hurlyburly Flash Exercise From Taxi Murders -- Written for the flash challenge 2/18/2005 1178 words 
17 Feb 2005

Taxi Murders -- THE REICHSTAG FIRE AS METAPHOR for the Year 2022 (Experiment in History). by seanfarragher Word Count: 3446
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Geli Raubal (1931) was Adolf's first reported murder. The Reichstag fire (1933)was an early lie of the National Socialists Party. Rodney King (1992)was another lie perpetrated by the LA Police. Laurie Fallon (1992)is one layer of horror, "noir" and history carved as fiction but more truth. "Laurie is real and actual," Peter Jackson Campbell, the Gadfly speaking in his three times weekly column for the Bergen Sentinel, Hackensack, NJ. 
24 Feb 2005

Ten Short Poems by seanfarragher Word Count: 115

Ten Haiku Poems Connected Theme 
29 Jul 2005

The Naïve Modern God by seanfarragher Word Count: 433

This Unitarian looks at his beliefs and ideology and dances with theology 
25 Jul 2005

The Red Lips of Waves Edited by seanfarragher Word Count: 840

Fictional treatment of autobiographical notes 
16 Oct 2005

The Rotation of Eggs And Planets by seanfarragher Word Count: 119

Exercise for Poetry Seminar. I kept to the visual patern in first draft but then as the poem came together the line breaks changed. 
16 Mar 2005

The Straight Up and Down Moon by seanfarragher Word Count: 299

After reading Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "A Mathematical Problem (A humorous student-days poem on geometry), in a letter to his brother George Coleridge, 1791" and Kubla Khan -- OR, A VISION IN A DREAM. A FRAGMENT. (1798)  
26 Jun 2005

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING by seanfarragher Word Count: 384

Memory of the Chicago Democratic National Convention August 1968 & Second George W. Bush Inaugural, Washington, DC 
15 May 2005

THIS IS NOT WASHINGTON DC early draft 1/30/06 by seanfarragher Word Count: 472

Prompt from Poetry Seminar: not confessional confessional poem based on a line quoted by Nell: "The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth" -- Jean Cocteau 
31 Jan 2006

Tsunami 12/26/2004 by seanfarragher Word Count: 429

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was a magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake on December 26, 2004 which generated tsunamis that caused one of the deadliest natural disasters in modern history. This rare type of earthquake known as a megathrust earthquake struck at 00:58:53 UTC (07:58:53 local time)in the Indian Ocean off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia. It was the largest earthquake on Earth since the 9.2-magnitude Good Friday Earthquake off Alaska in 1964. 
28 Feb 2005

TxM6 -- Taxi Murders -- Ghost Bridge Over Great Rivers by seanfarragher Word Count: 1941

Back Story -- Memories of Vietnam 1968 -- Riding the time line of the Great River now called Hudson or Thames. 
2 Mar 2005

What is; that is by seanfarragher Word Count: 344

On the Nature of Matter After reading Shakespeare's LIII Sonnet 
29 May 2005

What Rough beast (Revised) by seanfarragher Word Count: 259

After Reading the "Second Coming" of William Butler Yeats. 
17 Apr 2005

Wonderful History -- by seanfarragher Word Count: 428

for Spring and April to come -- 
21 Mar 2005

World War Family 1948 by seanfarragher Word Count: 636

Biographical poem (part of a longer work on childhood and adult abuse 1943-1962) 
10 Oct 2005

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