Poetry of the Human Condition – The Ups and Downs of Modern Living

This is the first standalone book I’ve published.  It was a long journey to get here, with all the rest of my busy life often taking priority over my writing.


Poetry of the Human Condition takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride which stops frequently at the high and low points throughout that great journey we call life.  This collection is arranged in no particular order; similar to how life happens.  Each poem is a peek into an event, or series of events, which most of us have faced at one time of another.  We taste the sweetness of victory, the dark cloud of a passing loved one, the impact of technology, the past, and everything in between.   Sometimes we experience many of these feelings in the same week or even the same day.  There are no defined chapters in life, hence no chapters in this book; it flows up and it flows down.  It’s a unique journey that everyone will be able to relate to; The ups and downs of modern living.


R.J. Schwartz (Ralph) is an American poet, writer, website owner, and historian living in Idaho Falls, Idaho.   This work is his first standalone project; being previously published as a contributing author in The Creative Exiles, an anthology of poems.   Ralph owns and manages two websites, www.thegypsythread.org where he explores things “off the beaten path,” pagan history, and poetry, and www.creativeexiles.com which is a gathering place for a group of international creative writers and poets to share their work, free from constraint.  Ralph loves all things related to history and is determined in his own small way to ensure that the past is never forgotten.

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I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

4 thoughts on “Poetry of the Human Condition – The Ups and Downs of Modern Living

  • May 7, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Congratulations Ralph, its a great feeling to have your work in black and white. Hope this is the first of many more project. Well done my friend.

  • May 8, 2018 at 2:19 AM

    Always good to be able to say I have a published book Ralph. Congratulations my friend.

  • May 8, 2018 at 2:24 AM

    I just went on Amazon and purchased a copy Ralph – looking forward top reading it at home…

  • July 19, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Congratulations Ralph, nicely done. A published book always makes the author feel good. As a result we can leave a legacy in printed and digital form for our many followers. Kudos ( I will go into Amazon soon and purchase a format.)


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