Which of your needs are being met by the creative projects you take on?

I’m starting to think about this question a lot. Like, losing sleep a lot. Over the last few months, I’ve embarked on a creative journey involving publishing my first anthology of poems, entering my first short story competition, writing more regular pieces for the website, starting a podcast and generally focusing on my creative expression. […]

The publication of my second anthology, ‘Encomia’, kicks off today with the first English poem I wrote this year.

“Roaming”by Conrad Schwellnus She wandered the earth, an angel,Broken by a spirit of trust — Commanding the masses,But carry her family, she absolutely must. In her meandering, she fumbles, she’s done —But where were the coin smugglers in your troubled days?I weep for you, Ms. Houston, roaming even in death,A legacy of a ghost, but a […]

‘Encomia’, my second anthology of poems, will be published starting this week.

Now that ‘Autumn Haze‘ has been published in full, it’s time to prepare for the release of a brand new anthology, namely a collection of encomia written in reference to a select few people who have inspired me creatively over my lifetime. Encomia, you ask? Well, an encomium is a speech or a piece of […]

The ‘Autumn Haze’ anthology officially draws to a close with the final poem in the series, “The Ledge”.

“The Ledge”by Conrad Schwellnus Bare my soul, I am exposed,My mind and body widely predisposed.To management standards, alive in a dream,Stoic and passive as a wave crashes over me. Pour into the depths, greet the tall dark stranger,I might do better searching for a crib and a manger.Stroking my ego while a downfall does begin,Raise […]

“Feins” — the second last poem from the ‘Autumn Haze’ anthology — was particularly difficult to publish, but it’s here.

“Feins”by Conrad Schwellnus Silently quiet, silently curious,A depth you imagine as the crux of notorious. Look past the creation, a gaze brings you more trouble,As you feed your temperance, heeding a life within a bubble. Sip from the glass, the lemon bitters your palate,As far removed as the time of Sir Mallet. Did you forget […]

This is “Flourish”, the the next piece of the ‘Autumn Haze’ puzzle.

“Flourish” by Conrad Schwellnus Clear is kind, like the depths of your sorrow, A heart of steel, you will surely need to borrow. Perhaps you can lend it to feed your hungry soul? A lifetime of lies, no longer taking their toll. Bested by those who loved their own reflections, Using their kin in resolution […]

Here is “I Dream in Black and White”, the next poem in the ‘Autumn Haze’ anthology.

“I Dream in Black and White” by Conrad Schwellnus I dream in black and white, I see in shades of grey. Nothing about anything always feels quite right, A life of your own, you simply cannot delay. Mourn the emancipation, let go of the grip, Alone you may just fall, perhaps you stay and trip. […]