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Invitation and Guide to the Reader

David W. Parsley

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David W. Parsley



Welcome to "Notes from the Common Era,” or as affectionately abbreviated here, ‘Notes’. As stated in the title, I invite you to browse this little user’s guide, then plunge wherever you like into one of the books or sections (a.k.a. cantos) of this epic in miniature. If you are curious about why it is presented as being a single book-length poem, duck into the Proem for a little guidance. Otherwise, just feel free to have fun reading individual cantos as if the whole thing is just a short story collection.


Some things to keep in mind:


  1. Each of the cantos first appeared as an individual poem on Poetry Magnum Opus (PMO) website. You can access the original posting by clicking on the title for a canto. Once there you can peruse commentary by PMO members. If you are a member, you can contribute a comment of your own. No comments are accepted in the PMO forum collecting the books and cantos all in one place.
  2. You can use the Table of Contents to navigate to individual book divisions and cantos.
  3. You can use arrows at the bottom of each canto to “turn the page” back to the previous canto or go forward to the next.
  4. Book divisions are not blank: they contain quotes from other authors that should not be missed.


Think of this piece as a literary adventure. It is my fervent hope that it provides you with whatever you are seeking: thrills, chills, perplexity, mystery, a sense of wonder. Whatever.



David W. Parsley

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Material contained in "House of the Dead" is not suitable for certain readers. Poems in this book are often frightening and disturbing, even nightmarish. The later cantos enact and describe sequences of graphic violence, intense suffering, genocide, and other mature situations. Original postings in the general forum will be tagged appropriately with 'R' or 'NC-17' designators; those in the book may not. Reader beware!


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