"There was a HoLE here. It's gone now."
Released on World Mental Health Day 2021 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the release of this influential title from Konami, "The Last Poem: A Silent Hill 2 Poetry Tribute" includes 12 original poems written by Steven and inspired by locations, events, memos, and easter eggs within the game. A perfect addition to any diehard Silent Hill fan collection. Steven's work has been profoundly influenced by the narrative structure and subject matter of SH2, with a game design that remains unmatched, even after two decades. What better way to honor and commemorate this resounding accomplishment than through the power of poetry?
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Image Credit: Masahiro Ito
"For those who heal and for those who hurt"
Printed and bound by hand, ensuring each book is as intimate and precious as the poems contained within, this chapbook is raw, unapologetic, and radically vulnerable. Tracing Steven’s personal mental health journey from patient to professional, it invites readers into the fragile and precarious space between his mind and heart. “I want people to feel as though they are walking into a stranger’s room, furnished delicately and with care, such that when they leave, they feel compelled to spruce up their own.” The book is dedicated to the nameless and innumerable therapists, teachers, professionals, and mentors who every day work with children and young adults to help them to overcome their struggles. “Their kindness," the author writes, "invariably kept me alive.”
"There is beauty to be found in death."
(from the introduction) "When I began to tell people about Death By Active Movement, I was met with scowls, gasps, questions of why, and general discomfort. People were sincerely put off by the idea of compiling a book of poetry about death!
Death is indubitable. The only thing that is assured equally for all of us in life is that it will end. We carry this knowledge with us wherever we go and in whatever we do. Why, then, to do we spend so much of our time and effort suppressing this knowledge?
It is for these reasons that I have undertaken this project; to help readers understand the nature (and beauty) of death. For once you have grasped your own mortality... Life becomes completely open to you and all its fleeting grandeur palpable."
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT STEVEN
"Steven T. Licardi, a relative newcomer to the poetry scene, writes with a sure-footed cadence that results in uniquely rhythmical patterns, as well as unexpected surprises blooming with each new page, a fresh voice that challenges and catalyzes the oldguard."
~ Ed Stever,
Poet Laureate of Suffolk County.
"Steven T. Licardi's writing is a swift breath into the art of poetry. His powerful use of language manages to be provocative yet accessible to any listener. Steven in an exciting new poet that forces you to stand up and take notice. Yes indeed, the art of oral tradition is alive, strong, and buzzing through the conduit of this contemporary bard."
Long Island Spoken Word Poet & Host.
Local Gems Press, 2013
Currently Out Of Print
Handmade 'a billion burning dreams' Badges!
Using the "cinders" from the printing and hand-binding process, these unique badges feature some of the most memorable lines from the collection's gripping poetry. Each one is crafted using found and recycled materials, creating functional, wearable pieces of art that are equal parts collage, fashion, and poetry. Easily worn as a broach to make that elegant outfit pop or added to backpacks, hats, jackets, and bags for an nerdy flare, these pins are sure to start conversations and inspire your own creative practice. Also featuring pins from Steven's blackout poetry series on the 1973 article "On Being Sane in Insane Places" by D. L. Rosenhan, which was influential in his social work career.
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Is there a line from Steven's larger work that sticks with you? A particular poem that has had an impact on your life? Custom Badges can be ordered and designed to fit your individual taste. Order below and Steven will email you personally within 24 hours to coordinate your purchase.