Thorns of Joy/Content&Excerpts

FOREWORD/INTRODUCTION
PREFACE/ROBERT'S POETRY IN PROSE

Chapter 1.
PROPAGANDA AND ELVIS
PRAGUE SPRING
SKYLIGHTS OF FREEDOM
FATEFUL SIGNATURES
AFTER THE SUN
A CHINK IN THE IRON CURTAIN

Chapter 2.
AUTOGRAPH
DOG ISLANDS
IMPRINT LIKE A GLOVE
THE FLOWERS SMELL SWEET OVER THE IRON CURTAIN
LEADED SILENCE
A KNIFE INTO THE HEART
LAUGH YOU CLOWN

Chapter 3.
VENICE
THE EVIL EYE
GUYS ARE NOT AFRAID
PRAISE OF PUBLIC
TRANSPORTATION
FRANZ KAFKA & CIVILIZATION

Chapter 4.
SLABS SOAKED UP IN COSINESS
TOUGH STOMACH AND RUMBA
CLASSICAL HOSPITALITY
A JUG OF MILK AND A SLICE OF BREAD
POLISHED MORNING
TACIT VAGABOND AQUILA
NATURE AND THE INNER VOICE
MYSKA'S COUNSEL

Chapter 5.
THE UNWALL
MEGA-CONCERT
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
MEN-CHASERS AND EDELWEISS
BREAKING UP
DIMENSIONS OF LOVE
THE TAURUS AND YOGA
THE TRIAL

Chapter 6.
THE QUEST
THE UNIFICATION
MY ALTER EGO ON THE VOLCANO
AYKA/ THE LONELY LOBO
THE VOICE OF THE HEART
THE FAMOUS PRADO
SNOBS AND CAMELS
THE NOMAD WITH THE SILVER STUBBLE
THE WISDOM OF THE EARTH AND WINE

Chapter 7.
THE RING DANCE ON GOMÉRA
THE TRAIL BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EART
A VILLAGE IN THE LAVA
GOATS AND HIPPIES
THE TWINS, FOG AND THE MULBERRY
THE FAREWELL FLAMENCO

Chapter 8.
EDUCATED ATHEIST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT
TERRA INCOGNITA?
THE ANTHROPIC PRINCIPLE
A CELTIC WEDDING

Chapter 9.
ALHAMBRA
THE CROSSROADS OF TIME
THE REGION OF PRUNES AND D'ARTAGNAN
THE CALL OF BLOOD
THE RACE UNDER THE POPLARS
THE GENEVA STREP
TITLE VERSUS A FINE
ALPINE CLEAN-UP

Chapter 10.
TWO HOMES
BUSTED IN BOSTON
POW-WOW
INDIAN FUNERAL
A HOOFPRINT
COWBOY CALLUSES
A DATE IN NASHVILLE
TRUTH HAS WINGS

Chapter 11.
STUFFY & DREARY PERIPHERY & HIPPOCRATES
CLOWNS & KREMLIN
FISHING LICENCE & GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
MEGA-PRANK

Chapter 12.
CHASING STORMS
GLACIER CALVING
CALYPSO IN FRANKFURT
SYNCOPATED ALMS
YOUTHFUL DREAM & FAME
TIMING OF HUMAN NECESSITIES

Chapter 13.
SPELLBOUND BOY
CRYING FOR HELP
CONCERT IN GOODYVILLE
CHRISTMAS SCENES
THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD OF CRYSTALS
GLASSES ON THE SLANT
DIGNITY IS A GIFT FROM THE STARS

Chapter 14.
COALESCENCE IN NATURE
UNITING WITH ETERNITY
FLAMES OF THE SPIRIT
THE SPIRIT OF THE WILD
EAGLES WINGS

EPILOG

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