Rich Ferguson is a performance poet who has a poem featured in TNB Books’ new collection The Beautiful Anthology. Here, Ferguson waxes poetic about life and beauty.


How can we make the world more beautiful?

If we can ever learn how to be more comfortable with ourselves—inside and out—and allow other people the same courtesy, that’s a good start to helping make the world a more beautiful place.

What do you think of people who think they are beautiful? Are those people usually correct? Why or why not?

I feel that people who put too much emphasis on their physical beauty are usually trying to mask another part of themselves that they consider ugly, say their personality or maybe a part of their psyche that has been deeply wounded. Sadly, I’ve known some truly physically beautiful people who have been cruel and broken beyond belief.


Finish the sentence:  I am… 

here on this planet for only a short while. My time is best spent searching out life’s beauty no matter where it may exist, or in what form.

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5 responses to “Beautiful Views: Rich Ferguson”

  1. Shelley says:

    As Saul Alinsky said, it’s always clarifying to remember that we’re dying.

    • So true, Shelley, so true. Thanks for checking out the post, and I hope you check out The Beautiful Anthology. They’re some amazing writers in there. Take care!

  2. Zara Potts says:

    You never fail to inspire me, Rich. Thank you.

  3. jmblaine says:

    You are a beautiful man
    & I miss you, my brother.

    Love that pic on top.
    That’s the stuff

    Memento Mori,
    carpe noctem.

  4. Gloria says:

    Beautiful words from a lovely man. Thanks, Rich.

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