Damion Boyd


Boyd has experienced many unusual things. He grew up in a very large and turbulent family. His mom went blind when he was a child. His father was a battered war veteran who worked as a drill instructor in the Marines--running his family like a boot camp.at times. Having learned to cook for his family, Boyd grew up to manage restaurants. But, then went down a path of drug abuse and addiction. Finally, after turning to God for help, he overcame drug addiction and joined a Catholic monastery for 5 years. Later he left the Benedictines and got a job in a shipyard. He married a political refugee from Mexico City, is raising 3 children.
His most popular books are Primal Ethics, The Curse of the Poet and Popular Misreads of Reality.
He can be reached for comment at ferd453@aol.com.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I grew up with mountains of short stories and poems because I didn't like reading long, drawn out works. "After the Storm" by Ernest Hemingway was one of my early favorites.
How do you approach cover design?
My wife took some beautiful nature shots in Mexico and my daughter is an aspiring graphic artist. The cover for "The Weight of the World" is of a cloud formation that traced the form of a cacti at a Tequila ranch.
Read more of this interview.


Pandemic And Other Poems
Price: Free! Words: 14,380. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2020. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Essay » Sociology
Insightful poetry with depth and movement. You will not get bogged down. Humor sprinkled throughout. The Poem section (of 19) ends with a rather lengthy book excerpt from "Primal Ethics: What our Kids are taught in school and culture".
The Little Book Of Hate
Price: Free! Words: 7,930. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » General reference » Questions & answers
A short book of poems and essays about modern "hate". Here you will find very different looks at life and our idea of what is "right and wrong". You will understand the root meaning of "hate speech" and "hate crimes".
¿De Donde Vienen Las Éticas Fisicas?
Price: Free! Words: 3,850. Language: Spanish. Published: March 31, 2019. Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Philosophy & social aspects, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Social policy
¿Cuáles son los controladores físicos más básicos? Pues bien, en términos AL Soci, estos serían supervivencia, la utilidad, lavíctima y la ética de la naturaleza. Estos tienen , para bien o para mal , Reemplazó a Dios en Occidente . Esta es la nueva fuente de "moralidad" física. Así que rápidamente me toco en cada uno.
The Magic Mirror and other poems
Price: Free! Words: 7,920. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Essay » Sociology
We live in a rare moment in history. There are sufferings and stresses that are unique to our culture today. Several major things are happening all at once. Our western culture is in the throws of a wild convulsion over philosophy. Our people are both delighted and crushed by the weight of so much technological discovery. This book discusses this historical moment and gives insight. You got this
Curse Of The Poet And Other Stuff
Price: Free! Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2018. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Essay » Sociology
(5.00 from 1 review)
The third collection of poetry from international author and poet Damion Boyd. Some of these are almost too heavy and many are downright playful. All have that brevity and depth of insight that is a hallmark of his work. This collection ends with book excerpts from his most popular book "About the end of the World" and his lifetime achievement "Primal Ethics".
Popular Misreads Of Reality: How Small Misunderstandings Can Become World Changing
Price: Free! Words: 9,800. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Essay » Sociology
A few serious misreads have shaped our world today. Most of our children are deeply influenced by these falsehoods. But, like a rising tide, Nature eventually reclaims the sandcastles of human lies.
Hodge Podge
Price: Free! Words: 7,020. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Essay » Sociology
Hodge Podge touches on the deeper movements of our time. It is sprinkled with insightful poetry and playful looks at creation and life amid suffering.
About The End Of The World
Price: Free! Words: 3,040. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2016. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Essays
This essay gives an insight into how to avoid cynicism. It is written for those who worry about the collapse of Western civilization and the great big pile of evil that burdens the watchful heart. It gives insight into both creation and the path of the end times.
Fat Pain And Other Poems
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Essay » Sociology
A serious look into the collapse of Western culture. There are eleven poems, some rather long, with unique insight into modern life. The book ends with an overview of how our basic worldviews clash.
Primal Ethics: What Our Kids Are Taught In School And Culture
Price: Free! Words: 28,540. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Essay » Political
Here’s the central problem. Your children are growing up in a very difficult culture that even you don’t understand. There is growing corruption and confusion and a world of pain coming round the corner. You sense it. We sense it. But, how can we protect them? One way is to help them see what they are getting into. And, to do that YOU have to know what is going on. This book will do that.
Common Misreads Of Reality
Price: Free! Words: 9,090. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Good & evil, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Aesthetics
Ever wonder why there is so much conflict in the world? Sometimes a small misconception can become a really big deal over time. Here are some common misreadings that not only shape but may also endanger our daily lives. Learn how the meaning of "desire" has split the world in two. See how one over-emphasis about the nature of God impoverished 1/4 of humanity.
Where Do Physical Ethics Come From?
Price: Free! Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2016. Categories: Essay » Political, Essay » Sociology
Do you want to see how things got so corrupt, so fast? Would you understand the ethics your kids are taught in school? Want to look behind the curtain at the workings of our cultural confusion? This quick, 14 page essay is a summary of an over 250 page research project. I tried to make complex, philosophical movements as easy-to-understand as possible.
The Weight Of The World And Other Works
Price: Free! Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Spiritual, Essay » Sociology
This is no ordinary collection of poems. These are NOT clever, little "feelings pictures" based on my emotions of the moment. This work attempts sharply crafted insights into our cultural chaos. The essay at the end of the book, gives the reader a serious advantage in understanding our world today.

Smashwords book reviews by Damion Boyd

  • The House Exhaled on Feb. 12, 2016

    There are some delightful scenes and modest insights in this collection. I cannot say I liked most of it, but it was not a waste of time. Like a good CD, there is enough enjoyable songs here to make it worthwhile.
  • I See Men as Trees, Walking on Feb. 17, 2016

    This book is well-written, in a light and friendly reporting style. It shares the diverse and unexpected miracles of two christian converts who worked and enjoyed life sharing God and our Lord Jesus with the modern world. There are fun and amazing things that happen to anyone who turns to God, but Roger and Janet are a special pair. The book is an easy read, with photos and humor and drama. I highly recommend it.
  • A Means to an Ens on Feb. 18, 2016

    This book reads like a nihilistic teenage lost his girlfriend and went about expressing it in a creative and poetic story form. That said....David Lavato (the author) is real poet and these dark poems have moments of bright genius.
  • Confessions of a Prayer Slacker on March 03, 2016

    This is a charming little book on the actual struggles we have with prayer. It is delightful, funny and encouraging to anyone who would consider real interaction with God.
  • I Fancied You Until I Saw You Yawn on March 05, 2016

    At least 1/2 the poems are cut off by the publishing process....and too many are raw, bathroom rhymes....yet the talent and unique insight of the rest make this worth the time!
  • The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot on March 08, 2016

    A short, bitter rant by a priceless child of God who obviously thinks she can handle it all by herself. There is raw talent here. May God bless you with healing and light.
  • Mind, Machine, and the Empathic Revolution: Manifesto for a New World on May 23, 2016
    (no rating)
    The author is obviously unwilling to remain confused in the post-modern soup of Western civilization. In this essay on "super-empathy" [which most of the world calls "love"]...the author basically makes the case that love will heal the world...if we could only come up with a technology to show people what goes on inside of other people's minds. Humorously he uses an example from WWII where Allied commanders with heightened empathy could have avoided a surprise attack. The Allies could have empathized with Hitler's generals....but somehow STOPPED their empathy from empathizing with Hitler's progressive views on social Darwinism. The author needs to read up on the Modernist Impasse--how a world stripped of God has a huge moral hole in it. How such a world seeks out tangible ethics to once again "overarch" the populace. And he needs to read up on how a "god-free" world relies on Primal Ethics....where people try to use empathy to promote Survival, Victim and/or Nature Ethics...vs....Utilitarian manipulation. But end up with brutality.
  • The Box (The Temple of the Blind #1) on May 24, 2016
    (no rating)
    A great series of books. This one is compelling, the "Naked and Afraid" of horror.
  • Split into two on Aug. 27, 2016

    In our "god-free" culture, the internet is filled with lousy poetry by self-absorbed, sick souls crying out for meaning. Of that "genre" this is one of the best I've read. Tanya is intelligent and artistic. Her work has beauty amid a storm of chaos. i would encourage her to both find REAL MEANING beyond human relationships AND to keep writing about her journey.
  • Worthy: A Chapbook of Christian Poems on Dec. 31, 2017

    Kim Bond is a very good, imaginative writer with a sweet heart of grace from God. You will not regret spending time with her words because she is intelligent and friendly and insightful. [One of my favorites from her is not a poem at all...but a story called "Mirror" in Menagerie.]
  • Plan, Prepare, Pray! on March 09, 2018

    Dr Williams has done a good thing here
  • Facts Of Life Poetry on March 11, 2018

    Raw, troubled youth lubricated by weed and a sweet, empathetic spirit, Cindy writes uniquely positive and brutally honest "rap poems". Her views on "hate" and "bullying" and sex and motherhood....I [an older, white Christian male] found her mind and heart very enlightening in these pages.
  • More Coffee & Philosophy: Another Book of Poetry on May 26, 2018

    These poems are short and superficial (almost annoyingly childish) but there is a positive, playful attitude behind them. There is also faith and some unique angles on life. So I too will recommend these as a good first book. But I highly recommend the author read a book called "The Shallows: what the internet is doing to our brains" [it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize]...as this book will help him see why his wonderful take on life is so....shallow.
  • Epoch Delayed on June 11, 2018

    There is a struggle and ordeal that backgrounds almost every poem. Yet there is hope and light amidst the darkness. I deeply recommend.
  • The Way Out of Doubt on Aug. 30, 2019

    I love "popcorn" topics that string together with clarity and wisdom. I had fun with this book. It's written well enough, in a friendly way and sweeps the reader into some serious truth.