Item description for Dark Soul of the Millennium by Stefan Strozier Mel Waldman M....
Kafka, philosophers, and Freud, among others, are cited. Every poet has certain main pursuits that are unique to him or her. Edgar Allen Poe had several, such as a love for detective work. In Poe's case, he has invented the entire crime genre of fiction; and essentially, the character of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Waldman's recurring subjects, contained in this book, are psychiatry and his Jewish background, and like Poe, crime and detective work.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher World Audience, Inc.
ISBN 1934209414 ISBN13 9781934209417
Reviews - What do customers think about Dark Soul of the Millennium?
A lyrical voice for human rights Jul 19, 2007
Dr. Waldman writes about the relevant issues of our time--mental illness, the mysteries of the human mind, and the many faces of violence and trauma. His lyrical voice, sometimes dark, sometimes gentle, speaks of the Holocaust, genocide, disease, war, and 9/11. He is a poet and writer for human rights, reminding us that freedom is our most precious gift. With his psychological, social, and political insights, he jolts us into being and becoming instruments of change.
Dark Soul of the Millennium Jul 19, 2007
There is a rather varied feel in the collective works of Dark Soul of the Millennium. The majority of the plays (short and extended) have a witty mood. Each of these works tends to take the reader on a journey of the mind in reaction to an event. The events seem quite normal at the time and the conversations quite rational. Then, slowly the reader becomes privy to the catch of the story. Sometimes one or both of the characters are dead, the characters are in some way not quite what they appear to be, or the situation isn't as mundane as it might appear at the onset. These pieces tend to be fairly light with the primary meaning veiled in humor and irony.
The poetry in Dark Soul of the Millennium takes on a very different tone. Much of this work is dark, somewhat visceral, and hard hitting. Interestingly enough, many of the longer works though very descriptive and thought provoking are not as powerful as the shorter pieces that contain only a few short lines. Perhaps this strong reaction is partly due to the topics of these pieces. A good number of the poems look at the attacks of 9/11 and the atrocities of the holocaust. The primary message here is that we must never forget so that we insure that such acts never happen again.
beautiful, poignant, and evocative Jul 3, 2007
Dark Soul of the Millennium, a beautiful, poignant, and evocative cornucopia of plays and poetry, is a fantastic voyage and exploration of Freud's psychic landscape, especially the Id. One play, Venom ER Theater, reminiscent of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, is an eerie masterpiece. Unforgettable! A must-read!
Dr. Ken Weissblum, psychoanalyst.
Pulls out darkness in the soul Apr 22, 2007
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (3/07)
In "Dark Soul of the Millennium" Mel Waldman speaks to the psyches of humans. He seems to take a look deep inside and pull out mostly dark, violent, and disturbing emotions. Frankly, some of his pieces I just didn't get. I believe that Mr. Waldman is at times speaking of mental illness.
"The Ring" was an interesting piece. A man is remembering and speaking with the woman he loved. She died before he could propose. "Reunion In Union Square Park," was a particularly touching piece. Two men formerly best friends but separated by a disagreement that neither can remember, are reunited by one's wife, at the moment of her death. "A Sea Of Trauma," speaks of a therapist view of his patients.
Mel Waldman takes a profound look at the 9/11 and the Holocaust. I found these pieces touching.
"Why do We Speak Of The Holocaust?" Why do we speak of The Holocaust? If we stop, the world will forget."
"Holocaust Voices We are the voices Of The Holocaust; we speak, the world remembers."
"Holocaust Ghosts We speak in dark dreams. Holocaust ghosts on trains to death camps, clutching you."
"Death Camps in all seasons, they marched into death camps, clutching faith, searching for G_d."
"A Blue Death it's a blue death in the gas chambers, where zyklon Buries your breath."
"Dark Soul of the Millennium" by Mel Waldman is aptly named, for Mr. Waldman seems to reach into the soul of man and pull out the darkness lurking there. Mr. Waldman is a talented writer and has a unique style. I was deeply moved by certain pieces however others left me wondering as to their purpose and meaning.