Cover Reveal


A reformatted cover for the improved and reformatted “Liars Hypocrites & the Development of Human Emotion”
Gone the emphasis on form, the poetry is now broken into the following sections
Love Lost
Love that could not be
The Solitary Man
Monkeys & Monsters
Devolution of Poet
Life, Death & Beyond
Nurturing Nature
The Development of Human Emotion
Liars and Hypocrites
Regurgitated Fallacies
Short Poetry
The Timbers

Shit and Swill

“If you sit in your own shit and swill long enough you will either clean up your mess or you will die of disease and infection. But here’s the kicker, it doesn’t matter because Society seems quite content to sit in its own shit and swill and so long as that is the case a plague and a pox be upon us all.”

T J Therien


For those interested. I am currently reformatting “Liars, Hypocrites & the Development of Human Emotion.” I hope to have the re-formatted edition ready for August 1st. Changes include the addition of a Preface, removing the emphasis on Poetic form and categorizing by subject matter and the deletion of the short stories at the back of the book. The Stories will be re-edited and included in a book of short stories. On August 1st my attention will turn to completing “Forever: The First Epoch” (my Romance) with the intention of publishing on Valentine’s Day 2016. Well that’s about it from the update front, with the exception of cutting ties with the Toronto Writers Collective over philosophical and ethical differences in dealing with marginalized communities. The main difference being I refuse to see people as anything but people, I believe the TWC is more interested in keeping the grant money and donations flowing than they are in taking an interest in the actual lives of the people that attend the workshops which are held in homeless shelters, women’s shelters, rape crisis centers, the gay village, etc… People are identified by the workshop they attend and paid employees of the TWC and their partner Ve’ahavta are not permitted to form friendships with people that have used Ve’ahavta services. That person is forever branded a Client by a charitable organization and hence in my mind are practicing a subtle form of systemic discrimination of people who were at one time homeless. Although, housed and leading a productive life they are used as nothing more than feel good stories to generate more money. I also believe it is one thing to say inside a workshop that all works are to be treated as fiction and quite another to say that to the world at large when bringing attention to these writings by means of Spoken Word Events, Video Testimonial on their web page and through their intention to publish the works of participants using words like Words from the Street and Authentic Voice which actually imply the verity of the words written by participants. I see it as borderline exploitation as there is little benefit to the individual, the organizations benefit and can continue to pay salaries and raise awareness, but the participant will have to live with the knowledge there is a percentage of people that will judge them because their stories were made public, even if it is with consent, I do not feel participants are properly informed of the possible consequences that could arise from sharing in so public a forum. Also there is a lack of interest to develop Participants as Writers beyond getting their personal stories.

Anyway that’s it for me, stay posted for news of the re-release of the new and improved “Liars, Hypocrites & the Development of Human Emotion.

T J Therien

Making Amends

“My apologies, I was wrong, but for my part I tried to see past your deficiencies and trusted you to be a good person in your heart. I am quite at fault for my lapse in judgement and for that I am truly sorry. Forgive me if I gave you the benefit of the doubt, but at least I gave you that much and that is more than you can say.”

T J Therien

A Poem for my Mayor, my Premier and my Prime Minister

You will hear me, it will be so
I just thought you ought to know
I’m willing to forge an alliance
But I will also stand in defiance
I will not kowtow, or tow

Away…Away I will not go
I will stand here rain, sleet and snow
Shout above the din, break the silence
You will hear me

You can be my friend or my foe
The choice is yours, what debt you owe
It really isn’t rocket science
I will point out non-compliance
End the suffering, end the woe
You will hear me

T J Therien

Nothing To Be Proud Of

There is nothing to be proud of
If Southern Pride is dependent on the Confederate Flag
Do you see Germany clinging to the Nazi Flag?
So why are people to clinging to the “Bloodstained Banner?”
Do they wish to bring back the good ol’ days
When a man was chattel to be bought and sold
And have the flesh flailed from his back if he got uppity?

T J Therien