Schemes of Consciousness
|Author: ||Johnson, Richard Eric|
In Schemes of Consciousness, the poet takes full responsibility for his actions - but not for others. Covering thirty years of travels abroad and within the United States, the poems share with the reader some of the sights, sounds, characters, and sensory perceptions of his experiences.
He uses a combination of avant-garde and lyrical styles to contrast the disparities of people's thoughts and actions in places that often seem wholesome, but in fact may not be.
Throughout the collection, the poet's thematic portrayal of love and the challenges, problems and results that stem from therefrom are manifest. His subject matter embodies his admiration for old foundations and nuances of tradition. Johnson likes to smile and wink at people who think they are unique.