Happiness is Poetry: Wolfgang Carstens

Happiness is Poetry: Wolfgang Carstens

happiness, poetry

Tonight a poet recommended to me by Adrian Manning, his name is Wolfgang Carstens.  Wolfgang is a seriously interesting guy, his words are angular, sharp, they seem revel in the terror of honesty, good stuff.  He’s also interesting in the different formats he uses to show his work.  So here’s a written piece, a series of his work being read by him and finally an illustrated poem.  Take a look, enjoy and have a happy day my friends
~ Rev Kane


Wolfgang Carstens was kind enough to provide us with some more material, so here’s a live reading of Enjoy Oblivion, in front an audience at Brittany’s Lounge, enjoy!



(as published in The Abyss Gazes Also)
what if life had bumper-rails
like alleys do when children
go bowling—so that
everybody stayed true
to their course.
goals would be achieved.
dreams would come true.
nobody would be derailed.
nobody would disappear
into the gutter.
life would be easy,
and boring.
there are no bumpers in life.
here, from our birth
until our death,
we throw gutter ball
after gutter ball
until finally, exasperated,
we return our rented shoes,
crumple our scorecards
and slink quietly from the alley.



Wolfgang Carstens

Readings some of his own work

A question of Nothingness and a couple of others


happiness, poetry

Some other good reading…

Happiness is Poetry: Hosho McCreesh

Happiness is Poetry: Doug Draime

Happiness is Poetry: Rilke


About Michael Kane

Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His books on hiking and poetry are available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon.
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2 Responses to Happiness is Poetry: Wolfgang Carstens

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