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12/30/2017 11:38:03 AM

levi johnson
Posts: 15
The Doors of Perception


I thirst for a thousand shades of gray liquid matter,
And I crave to pass through humanity’s walls.
Unhinging the doors of subliminal perception.
Experience curiosity of reversed protocols.


The air is now light and the light is air.
The micro details of matter are now bare.
All life’s limitations are moving opportunities.
All flaws are perfect while perfection is rare.


Unravelling the beauty of the universe is vision.
The vision through doors, people, and atoms of all kinds.
Peaceful coexistence is purview of our purpose.
The doors of perception are signs posts of our minds.
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12/30/2017 3:32:35 PM

Jack Webster
Posts: 71
The title is intriguing. I actually find it more thought provoking than the poem itself, perhaps.

I think of what you've written so far, there are three core elements that get lost in the stream of consciousness.

1) The doors of perception
2) I crave to pass through humanity's walls
3) peaceful coexistence is purview of our purpose

These three points are your essential poem, but they are under developed, if not compeletely passed over.

What is our purpose? ~ Peaceful coexistence. Why don't we have it? ~ Humanity's walls (of perception). What do you want? ~ freedom; peace; to walk through humanity's walls (of perception) How can you walk through walls? ~ create doors (of perception) -- although you also mention unhinging doors; perhaps these are locked doors? in that context is removing a locked door by force an act of violence that is contrary to the purpose of peace?

what doors of perception do you wish to build? If there is only time to build one door of perception with your poem, which would it be?

It's not clear to me from the poem if the focus is existential in nature or sociological in nature.

If you're intending to focus on an existential point about the nature of reality, i think the writing needs to be more methodical in its approach to the subject.
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12/30/2017 5:40:06 PM

levi johnson
Posts: 15
Jack, Thank you for such a detailed evaluation. Its from my existential collection with elements of sociology and physics. Perhaps, this piece leaves questions unanswered as you suggest. I'll keep that in mind as I edit. Gray matter and humanity walls are intended to help with perception. Perhaps, I need to make that clear. You ask: How can one walk through walls? Well, its a metaphor for human barriers.
Thank you for an honest critique and have a great day.
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1/1/2018 12:30:06 PM

Melanie Cox
Posts: 2
Dear Levi,
What I sense in this poem is a desire for knowledge and meaning. I think the unanswered questions are because you, yourself are still searching. I think that makes this poem fascinating.I feel as if you are processing many aspects of what you are learning or have learned and I find writing about such things brave and vulnerable. I believe that may be why I am drawn to it.

Just a few suggestions that may improve flow while keeping within the framework of your thoughts…I hope.
First, there is no real need for the punctuation as the break in the line offers a natural pause. If the line in the stanza is carried on from the previous line consider starting with a lower case.
Cutting back some of the extra words while keeping the thought may be helpful for flow…
For me, the first stanza seems to represent your quest for knowledge and your curiosity.
I thirst for a thousand shades of gray liquid matter
(liquid matter does not strike me as important here) but your thirst for understanding what is not defined comes through.

And I crave to pass through humanity’s walls.
Repeating the idea of thirst with crave is nice here and I sense the desire to break through barriers.

Unhinging the doors of subliminal perception.
I read this as removing the barriers of what we are expected to see.

Experience curiosity of reversed protocols. (nice rhyme scheme with L2)
I feel this is how you want to be able to look at the universe…differently or the other way around.

Suggestions:

Thirsting fora thousand shades of grey
craving passage through humanities walls
unhinging doors of expected perception
curiosity served with reversed protocols

Stanza 2 seems to represent your exposure to information but that it is not completely understood and you are still making sense of it.

The air is now light and the light is air.
Your ideas are coming together but this sounds repetitive… see suggestion

The micro details of matter are now bare.
Sounds like you are suggesting that details are becoming more apparent

All life’s limitations are moving opportunities.
Suggesting that limitations may not be as such in the scheme of the universe.

All flaws are perfect while perfection is rare.
Recognition flaws are part of the human existence but possibly also that while abstracts such as line and pattern may be perfect it is not so for being. However, I suggest changing “flaw”as it tends to indicate wrong or less than.
Suggestions:

Light and air become one
details of matter, bare
limitations afford opportunity
difference perfect as perfection rare

The 3rd stanza took a few more reads but this is what I took away from it.

Unravelling the beauty of the universe is vision.
I hear this as suggesting that there is insight to gain from looking at the universe

The vision through doors, people, and atoms of all kinds.
Suggests the universe is everything

Peaceful coexistence is purview of our purpose.
Suggests that peace and unity can be anticipated as our goal – to keep with the theme of the poem, I suggest understanding in place of peace and coexistence

The doors of perception are signs posts of our minds
Exploring the universe is how we understand being?

Suggestions: This last stanza felt a little cluttered, maybe strip it back a bit?

Beauty of an unravelled universe
visions, existence of all kinds
understanding the purview of our purpose
it’s doors, the sign post of our minds


I am not sure if my interpretation was accurate but it is what I read and felt in this. Here it is with the suggestions as that is all they are. Play with it a bit but don’t give up on it…

Thirsting fora thousand shades of grey
craving passage through humanities walls
unhinging doors of expected perception
curiosity served with reversed protocols

Light and air become one
details of matter, bare
limitations afford opportunity
difference perfect as perfection rare

Beauty of an unravelled universe
visions, existence of all kinds
understanding the purview of our purpose
it’s doors, the sign post of our minds

I wish you the best. Would be interested is reading your final version
edited by Melanie44 on 1/1/2018
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1/6/2018 3:17:08 PM

levi johnson
Posts: 15
Melanie,
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to critique the verse. Your interpretations of the lines are accurate except for the last one. I was a little surprised that you took the time to re-write the entire piece as this is a critique only post. However, I will remember everything you said when I edit. I write in different styles; this is intented to parallel W. Whitman and I would agree that his work does seem cluttered. You're quite adept at reading in between the line. Have a great day, Levi
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