I started this blog as an experiment. I wanted to publish my poetry without the pressure of ego. I wanted to delineate the boundary between my poetry and my previous publications. I wanted to be invisible, as if invisibility would answer my deeper questions. I wanted to know who I was without me.

So, who am I? My pseudonym is Josephine St. Vincent. Josephine lacks the hard consonants of my legal given name, Erzsebet.  What I have learned in my year of “sometimes Josephine” is that I am hard consonants. I am fully myself, no matter the name. I am fully myself, and I am a self in motion.

Poet Obscura is an incomplete data set, not the Rosetta Stone.


The Poet Obscura
The Poet Obscura:  Josephine

Image courtesy of Linda Thomas.

The Poet Obscura, Take II
The Poet Obscura, Erzsebet


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Poet Obscura. I tried to leave a reply after your comment on Tim Miller’s blog, but when I clicked to post it, it disappeared. I’m not sure if that’s only because it must be approved by Tim, or if the Universe is trying to tell me something. (I just made Tim Miller’s acquaintance recently in this blogosphere and exchanged a few short emails with him, and my impression of him is that he’s a great guy with true poetic feeling.) I took a look at some of your verses. You’re down in the guts of the heart, close to the skeleton bones. To the marrow like you state. I like it. I have some of this sensibility in myself. I feel sympathetically moved. Your verses are not overtly gothic, but one might say post-gothic, with digested and retained traces, but oriented and moving on into something more uniquely personal even though kept anonymous. A tree may bear fruit and plants shoot forth blossoms, strange and exotic, even if planted in a graveyard.


    1. John,

      I saw your comment on Tim’s blog, and replied there, but I’ll repeat myself here, too. Thank you for your thoughtfelt and heartful comments. I appreciate knowing the poems haven’t disappeared into the void. I write in anonymity to keep myself from getting in my own way, but sometimes it is hard to keep the faith that those who will be moved by the poems will find them. Thank you, John, for letting me know the poems have reached you!

      I found Tim’s blog after he found mine (wonder of wonders, and yet more reason to keep the artistic faith!). His posts are insightful and have a depth that is rare. My initial impression agrees with yours – he’s a great guy, and smart smart smart!

      Happy to make your acquaintance,



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