I recently published my second poetry/philosophy book, Venus in Arms. I personally feel that it contains some of my best works to date as well as my more profound philosophical insights. It is much shorter than the previous one, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile (2011), but my perception has matured in several ways.
Venus in Arms was written under times of pressure in my personal life, which I believe influences impenetrable wit and challenging philosophies. At times the book reflects my existentialist views, and it paints a range of psychological emotions warring with the influences of the outside world. We often have things that we feel we must do in order to advance, in order to develop, however peer pressure and social norms push us otherwise. The paradox is the war itself - God uses the battle as a part of our ultimate amelioration. After reading it, I thought about the barriers a man often puts up which prevents his own development. The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taught. To learn entails that the knowledge was achieved on one's own accord - it feels great - but to be taught often leaves a feeling of inferiority. Thus it takes a bit of determination and a lot of humility in order for one to fully develop. I feel that Venus in Arms is, in a sense, a manifestation of such times in my life.