Welcome to the World According to Cosmos
Welcome to the World According to Cosmos – poetry, fiction, political rants, and travel writing all over the Cosmos by and for the Cosmos
It has been almost five years since I launched this site and I have over 5,000 followers from around the world, and thousands of hits.
Thanks to all who have visited the site. I hope you like it. It has also been one year since I launched my podcast and I have thousands of listeners.
I am Jake Cosmos Aller, your host. I am a novelist, poet, and retired U.S. diplomat having served 27 years in the Foreign Service, living in South Korea.
I have been writing poetry and short stories for decades and have published my poetry and fiction in over 50 literary journals. My poetry can best be described as “neo-beatnik” as growing up in Berkeley I was heavily influenced by the beatnik writers.
I have completed six SF novels, – Giant Nazi Spiders, the Great Divorce, Jurassic Cruise, the Life and Times of Big Daddy, and Ft. Ashland. I have posted the first three chapters on my site. Comments are greatly appreciated.
During my foreign service career, I served in ten countries (Korea, Thailand, India, the Eastern Caribbean (lived in Barbados but covered Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts, St Lucia, and St Vincent), and Spain.
I grew up in Berkeley, California, and have lived all over the U.S., in Berkeley, Washington DC, Stockton, California, Seattle, Washington, and Alexandria Virginia, and Medford, Oregon. I have traveled to 50 States, and Puerto Rico. I have also lived overseas in Korea, Thailand, India, Spain, and the Eastern Caribbean. I am splitting my retirement between Korea and the U.S. States. I speak Korean, Thai, and Spanish. I am married, with no children.
I will be posting my poetry, fiction, and political observations on this site. I also will be posting travel items on my travels around the world,
I will also post literary and movie reviews from time to time. I am on a quest to finish reading the classics over the next few years. Here are my latest reading and movie lists.
Regarding the political rants, I could post a lot but why bother? So much of our political discourse is based on fake outrage on both sides and I am sick and tired of it and don’t feel like contributing more to the noise. But on occasion.
Politically, I am a lifelong Democrat but consider myself a pragmatic progressive and distrust ideologues of both the left and the right, but particularly the right. I am particularly incensed by the Republican party’s dismal failure to do anything about the epidemic of gun violence other than mouthing useless words and prayers. The dead don’t care, they are gun ghosts.
My religious views have evolved – I was a hardcore atheist but over the years have had spiritual insights so I consider myself a Buddhist nowadays but don’t belong to any temple or group. Just try to do the right thing at all times. I particularly have a bone to pick with the so-called Christian right, particularly those who proclaim Trump is anointed by God, etc, or who claim that God speaks to them. See my poem “God Does Not Speak to Idiots.”
I welcome comments and will respond to each comment time permitting. While I welcome a spirited debate and certainly don’t expect people will agree with me all the time, please keep your comments civil. I apologize in advance if anyone finds anything objectional or offensive. I do have a sarcastic in your face attitude in some of my writing. Take it or leave it. Send any comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or hit me up on my blog.
Be sure to check out my All Poetry, Fan Story, medium, Poetry Soup, Substack, Wattpad, Writing, com, Twitter feed, tumbler postings, and podcasts, available on Amazon, Radio Public, Spotify, and elsewhere.
Stay tuned for the launch of my YouTube channel in the New Year, as well as my music compositions starting shortly thereafter. I just bought a Roland Piano. and am relearning how to play the piano and write music. I like classic blues, jazz, roots rock, and funk the best. My favorite band is Tower of Power!
Finally a big disclaimer. These are my opinions only. They do not reflect the opinions of any of my prior employers. I am retired and now can speak my mind. and I have a lot to say.
Jake Cosmos Aller