Sailing to Byzantium

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

In the poem, Sailing to Byzantium, poet William Butler Yeats narrates a spiritual journey of the body’s decay whilst the soul rejuvenates. At the start a voice says: “That is no country for old men…” (Yeats 1) Through these words, the poet…

A Civilized Beast

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

“At the edge of the civilized farm a bloodthirsty beast prowled the wild woods, the untamed wolf.”

The Shepherd’s proverb taught Wolfe of the dangers posed by the barbaric nature of his own kind. Only after swearing loyalty to the Shepherd and…

Innocent Habits

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

The Fall and Expulsion from Garden of Eden (By: Michelangelo)

“Just this once” I muttered tentatively

“One more time” I whispered insecurely

“One last time” I screamed boastfully

These were Empty Words that lacked Immediate Action

It sparked out of pure curiosity

It changed into a habit

It turned into a necessity

These…

The Author to Her Book

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

In The Author to Her Book, poet Anne Bradstreet writes of an intimate relationship between herself as a creator and the text as the creation. This brings the element of family into the poem, giving Anne Bradstreet and the text…

A Testament of the Will

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

I am

I am stories

I am consciousness

A fabrication of Time and Space

A manifestation of Testimony and Will

With their words I materialize

With their ideas I cement

I am their questions and answers

I am vain aspirations…

The Triumph of Propaganda

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

Poster for the film Triumph of the Will alongside artist Leni Riefenstahl (above) and propagandist Joseph Goebbels (below)

The film industry of the 1930s and 40s in Nazi Germany was one sculpted around propaganda, built for the sole purpose of brainwashing the masses into an ideology of racial superiority. Amongst the film apparatus that served under the directive of…

First World War Experiences and Interpretations

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

Poster for the film 1917 alongside poets Rupert Brooke (above) and Siegfried Sassoon (below) of The Great War

The aftermath of World War 1 (1914–1918) gave birth to new nations and ideologies, but most importantly it labored a new generation of writers that experienced the conflict. Amongst them, were poets such as Rupert Brooke, well known for…

A Pursuit for Writing

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

Why do I write?

Perhaps to forget

Perhaps to remember

Why do I write?

Like Odin fears losing Huginn and Muninn

Likewise I dread forgetting Thought and Memory

Why do I write?

Maybe to forget my reality

Maybe to preserve my…

What shall I wear today?

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

Runway One: A Wardrobe Change

Within concealed walls in a dense room, an inkling of true personality scrambles to break free, as I cover it with an array of disguises, choosing which one will replace me today. Inside a vast…

Perpetually Dehumanized

By: Bryan Ricardo Marini Quintana

They were stripped from their families

They were stripped from their possessions

They were stripped from their parts

Each one was forced into the cotton field

Each one was forced in the gas chamber

Each one was forced out of the womb

Each…

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