I’ve finished scanning to PDF my second handmade chapbook Manure, added an author’s note to give the title and poetry some context for the reader, and made it available to freely download from this site by going to the Media Page and clicking on the link under it’s cover image.
The little chapbook that was my first foray into self-publishing is now freely available as a PDF ebook on my Media page. Click here to view/download.
THE WAR OF ART
Something you may be unaware of
is the way the various genres
within each of the arts closely resemble
religious movements, established or new.
You see, from the artist’s point of view,
if one is to devote so much of one’s time
to a particular set of principles or theories,
one simply cannot afford to be egalitarian,
for the sake of political correctness.
The belief that “this approach is better
or more worthy than that approach,”
along with the passion to express it,
is all that will get the artist through
the many long vigils and collateral damage
it may do to them over the long term.
An artwork may be thought of
as a message which, decoded, will read
It is the artist’s belief that a work of art
ought to be constructed thus.
Whether or not the audience agrees,
the artist’s faith will continue to sustain itself
by means of the art-making ritual.
Just because it’s popular,
doesn’t mean it’s worthier.
The recognition of peers and critics,
while desirable, is not a prerequisite
for moral victory.
I draw your attention to this,
only so that you may become aware
that there is indeed
a constructive way to wage war,
an impersonal way to make love,
and a secular method through which
the finer feelings may continue
to be enlivened, or dare I say,
For those of you who have been enjoying the 1-2-3 Cut Up Series, well, I’ve turned them into audio files, and posted them on Soundcloud for you to listen/download: