Suspending the Muse

Toward the Authentic Article

by Dean C. Gardner



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/23/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9781480851191
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9781480851184

About the Book

Suspending the Muse addresses issues regarding the authentic article of living in the present. It is an adventure into the unknown where the mind leaves the body to unearth what is concealed. There is a meaningful focus on redeeming time past through time present as time future becomes a grain of sand leading to an enlightened house of many rooms.

In this poetic work, author Dean Gardner uses dazzling wordplay and vivid imagery to pay homage to the artistic muse, that elusive spirit whose visits inspire great works and whose absences haunts those who create.

It is

That it was destiny

That brought him

To the threshold

Of the beyond

Through a portal

Found in the third eye

Of the muse

She led him

To the power

Of The Spirit of Truth

Allowing him

To go

Beyond phenomenal reality

As the celestial clocks


To a parabola of time

Anyone who has pursued creative ventures will understand this look into the muse’s journey. Suspending the Muse is a quest for comprehension in the face of the unknown as self and muse battle with nothingness. It is an overture to postmodernism in both form and substance.

About the Author

Dean C. Gardner studied with Dr. Cambell Tatham, a phenomenologist, at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for eight years, endowing him with the discipline to probe the unknown. Another foundation for his poetry is the work of traditional haiku artists—including Basho, Bucson, and Issa—which led to Gardner’s understanding of juxtaposition, connectivity, and the poetic leap in literature.