John “Jack” Spencer Savage 1989-2013 poetry copyright Jack Savage, 2013, photos copyright Jonathan Zap, 2013 This page last updated May 12, 2013 I added a new page of thoughts about the Jack revealed by his poems: Some Thoughts on the Poems of Jack Savage ∞♦∞♦∞♦∞♦♦♦∞♦∞♦∞♦∞ Among other talents, Jack was a brilliant poet. After spending more time with the poems the last few days, I believe Jack was, and is, one of the greatest poetic voices of his generation. It’s not that I’ve read so many millennial generation poets, it’s a general feeling I have based on the power with which Jack’s poetic voice is the voice of the soul. Sometimes this poetic voice is celebratory, at other times it is struggling and even tormented. But it is always profound, authentic, accessible and deeply present with the reader. Jack’s voice has a presence, an emotional immediacy and intimacy with a sympathetic reader that is comparable to Walt Whitman, who was Jack’s greatest poetic inspiration. Jack’s poems, even the ones that he wrote when he was 19, do not seem like an awkward, adolescent attempt at being Whitmanesque. They are alike, because both poets are voices of the soul. [...]
Read some of Jonathan’s more surreal explorations—-fantasy fiction, rants, experimental writings, poetry.
There are other ways, beside the sober, scholarly voice of most nonfiction, to explore the unconscious and other mysteries. The surreal zone’s explorations of uncharted territory take the form of fantasy fiction, rants, poems and experimental writing.