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CHERISH. WHISPER. SOFTLY.                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2009

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whisper
[ hwis-per, wis-per ]
to utter with soft, low sounds, using the breath, lips

 

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The elevator in my building,
Artspace’s The Northern Warehouse,
has been down
for

9

days. 
My recent reconstructive surgery prohibits me taking the 5 flights of steps
to
go

OUTSIDE.

Feeling
TRAPPED, HOSTAGE, IMPRISONED
with my free will denied
is
terrible, difficult, challenging.

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must practice MY freedom exodus flights in MY mind’s eye:
I slowly lift

open

the large window in my loft
so I can feel
the  thrill of the heaven’s wind exhaling
the soft blue of the sky.
My soul escapes:
my body, my cherished wings billow
out from the tight coil
– RELEASED
and

I fly, flying

soaring.

Calming me.

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Stages
of the
FREEDOMEXODUS

RADICAL HOPE

own compose author your life
spiral VIOLET improvisational dance:

ALL

aware practices,

heal/thy disciplines,

telling the truth,

continuous rehearsals,

and

selecting a beautiful life force honest ensemble

for the

revolutionary

GIANT STEPS

YES

DECISIONS / CHOICES

for

RISING:

🌪VICTIM 🌪 >  🌲SURVIVOR🌲  >  👑WARRIOR👑

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-appeal-heaven-1998-2000
 

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WONder.

AWE.

AWEmen!!! AWEwomen!!!

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SEE my WINGS?

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Serenity Prayer: I can do this.

Violet energy.

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My brother suddenly wanted to see me.
This morning, immediately.
He calls me at 7:15 am
He drove an hour from his home with all his dogs
churning black and white and brown
in the back leather seats of his car.

Catherine! Catherine!

Let down your hair!

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Resurrection,

resurgence,

rising,

and

renewal

 

 

are the universal and observable patterns

of

everything:

springtime,

regeneration,

healing,

forgiveness,

life cycles,

darkness

and

light!

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OPEN XIII                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2018

 

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riSING

RESURGENCE

riSING

RESURGENCE

riSING

RESURGENCE

riSING

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ELEgancE #37                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2019

 

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My work is an exploration,
a dive for pearls and sacred listening – call and response.

IMPROVISATIONAL COURAGE

TRUST
FAITH

RADICAL HOPE

STILLNESS

SACRED LISTENING

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OPEN
Being OPENED

Willing to be OPEN

Willing to be OPENED

Being BREATH

Being A/LIVE!!!

 

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE + FOR DETAIL.

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For further information on the OPEN series, PLEASE click on the links below:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/808-open-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky-rumi-that-this-anthony-cox/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/open-1-19
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

 

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AWCCLJRADICALHOPERESURGENCEBeing BREATHBeing A/LIVE!!!

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ELEgancE #8                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2019

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Nature’s offering outside my loft. My sacred listening to Nature’s offerings. Private RHYTHM.

 

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15 January 1997.

The last evening of my Mother’s life.

Doris Eileen Cottor Johnson Omlie.
She spoke to me with a quiet and searing lullaby/hymn voice.
I listened to the sonics of her voice
its intonation, pause, lift, emphasis, rhythm
– the delivery of a score, a choreography,
her annunciation for me.
Her words were illuminations
instantly etched/embedded forever
into my heartsoul
becoming my blueprint,
my light in darkness and my mantra. 

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The following morning 16 January at 9 am,
I found my Mother’s warm lifeless body
– her robin’s egg blue eyes open,
her head tilted toward the window,
her artist’s right arm lying
on top of her bed sheets
  and
her hand palm up, open.
Her dogs were asleep,
breathing heavily in deep dreams,
at the end of her bed.

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There was a low,
rich vibrating energy,

a golden presence

that drew me to her.

I listened to its sound.

I discovered her end.
I prayed for strength and grace
to guide me in my new beginning.

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Thank YOU Mom for y/our

EXODUS song

for me

– my gospel song to

enter the Wilderness

of uncharted territories

adapting, improvising, overcoming

with

FAITH

+

OPEN HEART

+

RADICAL HOPE

+

GRACE LOVE.

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OPEN III                                                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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The only people who change,

who are transformed,

are people who feel safe,

who feel their dignity,

and

who feel  loved.

 

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rHYtHM #1       FORSIXTEEE4HAPPYAWC                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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rHYtHM #2    U/ME                                                                                    Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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BREATHE #1                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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For further information on the art, please click on the links below:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/806-i-breathe-submarine-internal-violet-that-this/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/808-open-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky-rumi-that-this-anthony-cox/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/10/24/833-24october-whenyouwereborn-youaresublime-youareasonicgenius-youaremyhero-rhythm-1-2018-catherine-l-johnson/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/692-breathe-as-you-breathe-in-cherish-yourself-as-you-breathe-out-cherish-all-beings-dalai-lama-xiv-breathe/

 

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25 AUGUST 2018   Photo credit: me, Catherine L. Johnson
oneofmysecretplaces

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“Run your fingers through my soul.

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For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel,
believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive,
look,
experience,
examine,
and
for once;
just once,
understand.”
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Emily Dickinson

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“The soul should always stand ajar,

ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

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Emily Dickinson  

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OntO #2                                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/802-onto-1-2-3-in-or-into-a-state-of-awareness-about-may-2018-catherine-l-johnson/

 

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A MASTERWORK. A MASTER’S WERK.

A MASTERPIECE.

Please click on link below to listen, listen, listen to samplings of

Anthony Cox’s original compositions:

https://ateliersawano.com/products/ske333029

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USS Hartford attack nuclear submarine, breaking the ice, arctic ocean, US navy, Arctic military footage, ice & icebergs, military arctic diving

I was a submarine.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/806-i-breathe-submarine-internal-violet-that-this/

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“This is love:

to fly toward a secret sky,

to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally,

to take a step without feet.”

– Rumi

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IMPROVISATIONS

OPEN

#15/ #16/ #17 /#18 /#19

This set of OPEN is dedicated to the HEART of my BELOVED Jaspar Obi.
2018

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE + FOR DETAIL.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/open-1-19
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/812-open-9-10-11-12-13-14-dedicated-to-my-beloved-uncle-bob-dr-robert-cottor-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/808-open-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky-rumi-that-this-anthony-cox/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

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OPEN XV                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XVI                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XVII                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XVIII                                                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XIX                                                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN #15/ #16/ #17 /#18 /#19 

 is dedicated to the

KIND + STRONG + MIGHTY + RESILIENT + A/LIVE

HEART

of my

BELOVED

Jaspar Obi.

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Above: Jaspar Obi celebrating his 10th birthday on 30 April 2017.

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More than thank you
to
DVM Karly + DVM Pat,
Marshall Animal Hospital,
who saved my little man
from the  almost always deadly BLOAT
last Tuesday 10 July.

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JASPAR – THE DAY AFTER HIS EMERGENCY SURGERY BECAUSE OF THE ALMOST ALWAYS FATAL BLOAT.

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For CANINE PARENTS: INFORMATION about BLOAT
https://www.petcoach.co/article/bloat-gastric-dilatation-and-volvulus-in-dogs/
https://www.collared-scholar.com/gdv-strikes-again-my-experience-with-bloat-in-dogs/

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WOXOF LOVE

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My work is an exploration,
a dive for pearls and sacred listening – call and response.
IMPROVISATIONAL COURAGE
My internal constellation is a luminous vast sky and sea that sings, whispers and dances.
I follow, discover and explore its sonicenergy with my divining rod.
I am a faithful  and clear vehicle of listening – a sensitive + keen stringed instrument.
Sacred listening.
TRUST  
FAITH  
RADICAL HOPE
The OPEN compositions are
dialectical revelations of  
the capacity to RISE,
sustain radical HOPE,
be STILL in ambiguity,
and
BELIEVE in what your blood and bone already KNOW to be true
like a farmer, a detectivepriest, and an improvisational musician.
STILLNESS.
SACRED LISTENING.
OPEN.
Being OPENED.
Willing to be OPEN.
Willing to be OPENED.
Being BREATH.
Being A/LIVE.

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The sonicPEARLS

to my OPEN series
was/is the
sonicDARKsTarGENIUS of the profound + VALIANT improviser

Anthony Cox + his THAT & THIS.

Yes, absolutely.

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A MASTERWORK. A MASTER’S WERK.  A MASTERPIECE.
Please click on link below to listen, listen, listen to samplings of
Anthony Cox’s original compositions:
https://ateliersawano.com/products/ske333029

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USS Hartford attack nuclear submarine, breaking the ice, arctic ocean, US navy, Arctic military footage, ice & icebergs, military arctic diving

I was a submarine.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/806-i-breathe-submarine-internal-violet-that-this/

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“Thisislove:

to fly toward a secret sky,

to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment.
First to let go of life.
Finally,

to take a step without feet.”

– Rumi

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IMPROVISATIONS

OPEN

#9/ #10/ #11/ #12 /#13 /#14 

This set of OPEN is dedicated to the LIGHT of my BELOVED Uncle Bob
2018

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE + FOR DETAIL.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/808-open-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky-rumi-that-this-anthony-cox/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/open-1-19
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

 

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OPEN IX                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

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OPEN X                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XI                                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XII                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XIII                                                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN XIV                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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OPEN #10/ #11/ #12 /#13 /#14 

 is dedicated to the

LIGHT

of my

BELOVED

Uncle Bob.

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He is looking at me, SEEING me – as he always could.

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My Uncle Bob at 74 in October 2006.

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The sound of his voice is the sound of the OPEN blue sky to me.
His gaze towards me emboldened me to take the FIRST steps.
He calls OUT my adventure by the  creative template + integrity of his life.

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Bob at 21 years old on the St.Croix River on his boat!

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Dr. Robert Cottor

https://www.taosinstitute.net/bob-cottor

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My work is an exploration,
a dive for pearls and sacred listening – call and response.
IMPROVISATIONAL COURAGE
My internal constellation is a luminous vast sky and sea that sings, whispers and dances.
I follow, discover and explore its sonicenergy with my divining rod.
I am a faithful  and clear vehicle of listening – a sensitive + keen stringed instrument.
Sacred listening.
TRUST  
FAITH  
RADICAL HOPE
The OPEN compositions are
dialectical revelations of  
the capacity to RISE,
sustain radical HOPE,
be STILL in ambiguity,
and
BELIEVE in what your blood and bone already KNOW to be true
like a farmer, a detectivepriest, and an improvisational musician.
STILLNESS.
SACRED LISTENING.
OPEN.
Being OPENED.
Willing to be OPEN.
Willing to be OPENED.
Being BREATH.
Being A/LIVE.

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The sonicPEARLS

tomy OPEN series
was/is the
sonicDARKsTarGENIUS of the profound + VALIANT improviser

Anthony Cox + his THAT & THIS.

Yes, absolutely.

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A MASTERWORK. A MASTER’S WERK.  A MASTERPIECE.
Please click on link below to listen, listen, listen to samplings of
Anthony Cox’s original compositions:
https://ateliersawano.com/products/ske333029

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CHARLES LLOYD
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CHARLES LLOYD IS AN ARTIST.
PERIOD.
 HIS SONIC ART IS BOUNDLESS, ROVING, CAPTIVATING
HE IS A SPIRIT SEEKER OF  LUMINOUS TRUTH.
HE CREATES AND SENDS YOU INTO THE FOURTH DIMENSION.
HE FEEDS YOU SOUL FOOD-  BREATHING GOLD  PRAYER INTO  THE VEINS
AND CAVERNS OF HUMANITY.
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KEITH JARRETT
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KEITH JARRETT IS A PURE VEHICLE,
AN INSTRUMENT OF PURE  MUSIC AND
A CHANNELS THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF SONIC ACTIONS
INTO A FLUID HYMN OF THE DIVINE
HIS GENIUS IS A SPONTANEOUS IMPROVISED SHIP INTO THE SUBLIME.
HIS TRANSITIONS ARE ELEGANT FILMIC PASSAGES,
WATERFALLS INTO THE NEXT.
MUSIC, PURE MUSIC, MOVING FORWARD IN REAL TIME.
TRANSPORT.
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Kurt Elling
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PATRICIA BARBER
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KURT ELLING’S  + PATRICIA BARBER’S
VOICE
IS AN ORCHESTRA,
AN INNOVATION AND A POEM.
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ANTHONY COX
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Anthony Cox’s
sonics are elegant and fierce DARK sTar revelations,
a rare powerful creative poetic intelligence
with the genius capacity to translate
the brilliant heat and caressing warmth of fire.
He creates unrepeatable pearls of deep luminosity + humanity. 
A courageous improviser and composer – a maverick.
A NEW BREED LEADER.
Intense INTEGRITY.
Sacred LISTENING.
SUBLIME breakthrough GOLD.
An ARTIST who KNOWS.
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MUSIC INFORMS AND IS THE LURE TO MY ART.
A THIN LINE OF SOUND IS SENT DOWN
AND
DRAWS OUT THE AWAITING PEARL DEEP
IN MY SUBCONSCIOUS, MY IMAGINATION.
MUSIC IS LIKE A SONIC RADAR IN MY CREATIVE PROCESS.
 ONCE IT GETS CLOSER, WAVES OF YES FLOW UP.
THE MUSIC SELECTED
MAY BE PARED TO A SINGULAR MUSICAL PHRASE
AS IT DRAWS UP THE COLOR, THE TEMPERATURE,
THE EMOTION, THE CIRCLES AND LINES,
THE HUMANITY AND THE DIVINITY
OF THE
WORK.
IT IS AN ASCETIC ACTION OF ACUTE LISTENING
AND ITS OPPOSITE.
MY SENSES ARE QUICKENED, HONED, KEEN
AND
TOTALLY OPENED, VULNERABLE AND RAW.
IT IS LIKE PERFORMING LIKE A MUSICIAN AND AN ATHLETE.
NO AUDIENCE- ONLY THE CALL AND RESPONSE
OF THE INTERNAL WAVES OF YES.
YES.
*
WHEN IN GRADUATE SCHOOL AT 
 MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS,
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY,
I TOLD MY ADVISER, THE LATE LEON GOLUB,
I COULD NOT CHECK WITH ONE SINGULAR X
THE DISCIPLINE BOX OF MY ART.
THE BOX PRINTED ON THE LEFT SIDE OF:
PAINTING OR DRAWING OR SCULPTURE OR
WRITING OR FILM OR PERFORMANCE OR…, ETC.
*
I CREATED INSTALLATIONS, WROTE POEMS,
CREATED SCULPTURE, PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS,
DIRECTED FILMS AND PERFORMANCES,
RECORDED SAMPLINGS ON LOOPS,
ORGANIZED  ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS,
CABARETS, ETC.
*
LEON PUT HIS FISTS UP AND SAID,
“LET’S BOX AND SEE WHICH WINS!”
HE KNEW I WAS COMPETITIVE
AND HE KNEW
I REFUSED
TO BE CATEGORIZED, CAGED, LABELED-
SO THE SYSTEM WAS NOT A VASE
I COULD PLACE MY FLOWERS IN.
X
I REFUSED TO WRITE MY THESIS
IN THE CONVENTIONAL EXPOSITORY FORM.
I CREATED A WRITTEN  OPEN PERFORMANCE-
NO BEGINNING, MIDDLE OR END-
IN THE TRADITIONAL NARRATIVE ARC.
CREATIVE THINKING IS CIRCULAR, SPIRALS,
NO FIXED POINT- BUT A CLUSTER OF CONSTELLATIONS
THAT MERGE AND CREATES  CYCLONES
OF EPIPHANIC CREATIVE ACTIONS.
MY THESIS HAD PAGE NUMBERS
AS REQUIRED
AND, YET, THE READER COULD
START ANYWHERE AND ASSEMBLE
MY CREATIVE PROCESS WAS THE TESTAMENT
OF THE THESIS:
MY  VISCERAL/ANALYTIC/MYTHIC BRAIN
WHEN  IN CREATIVE SOAR/DIVE.
*
MY MFA THESIS WAS A TEXT
OF LISTS, STORIES, ESSAYS, POEMS.
I SUBMITTED IT WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF MY ADVISERS.
LIFE AND CREATIVITY
AND
REVOLUTION
AND
DISCOVERIES
AND
LOVE’S ENERGY
ARE NOT LINEAR.
X
I WAS A CHINESE HISTORY MAJOR AT MACALESTER-
TWO YEARS SUBSUMED IN FAR EASTERN PRISM
OF CREATING AND THINKING.
MY MFA THESIS NOW IN THE RUTGER’S ART LIBRARY.
IT WAS DEDICATED TO MY MOTHER WHO LOVED
THE SOUND OF WORDS AND
CALLED ME HER “SPARKLY GIRL”,
THE ACTION OF MY THESIS PRESENTATION
BROKE OPEN AND SHATTERED
THE MFA THESIS RULES.
FOREVER.
*

Leon Golub, one of  my advisers challenged me to box
*
WE BOTH BURST OUT LAUGHING,
UPROARIOUS  CRAZY HOWLING LAUGHING
AND WE  ARE CRYING TOO
BECAUSE THE RELEASE
IS SO TOTAL
 AND
THE TRUTH OF YOUR WHOLE
ESSENCE HAS
BEEN ILLUMINATED
AND
ACKNOWLEDGED
BY
SOMEONE
WHOSE
INTERIOR GEOGRAPHY
AND
QUEST
RESONATES
WITH
YOUR
OWN.

 

 FREEDOM SINGS

THROUGHOUT

YOUR BODY.

ELECTRIC WAVES THAT KEEP COMING.

*
MY ART IS AN EXPLORATION
THAT HAS EVOLVED,
THROUGH DEDICATION, PERSEVERANCE,
PRACTICE ,
WONDER AND TRUST,
INTO IMPROVISATIONAL EVENTS.
THE  VARIOUS DISCIPLINES ARE MY CHOICES
FOR MY INVENTION,
MY EVENTS.
NO CHECKED BOXES.

ADVENTURES IN DISCOVERING

AND

 REVEALING BEAUTY

 

AS
I
MOVE
FORWARD.
*
I AM TOLD I AM A PROVOCATEUR.
I CHALLENGE; TURN THINGS INSIDE OUT;
ASK QUESTIONS; CONFRONT;
TURN THE HALOGEN LIGHTS ON
WHEN
40 WATT BULBS IS THE COMFORT ZONE;

ASK FOR THE TRUTH;

TELL THE TRUTH;

MAKE POETIC ASSOCIATIONS
AND
CONNECT THE DOTS;
QUESTION SUB-TEXTS;
EXAMINES CONTEXT, DIALECT, THE EXTERNAL FACTORS
THAT SHAPE/CREATE/DAMAGE A SPIRIT.
I LIKE CONSCIOUSNESS,
THE ECSTATIC EXPERIENCES OF  NEW AWARENESS,
THE TWILIGHT AND THE NEW HORIZONS
THAT
IS THE
DOMAIN
OF THE EXPLORER.
*
I WAS TOLD I COULD NOT WALK.

HA!

THE  HOME- BOUND TEACHERS AND THE STANDARD TESTS
REPORTED THAT I
WAS
QUITE STUPID AND RATHER DUMB.
HA!
THE “HANDICAPPED” HAD A CHECK IN THE BOX
NEXT TO THEIR NAME.
THE  X WAS IN THE BOX NEXT TO MY NAME.
AND I WAS SAVED/RESCUED BY BRILLIANCE-
TEACHERS WHO HAD OPTICS FOR RARE DIAMONDS
IN COAL BOULDERS.
*
HA!
DO I SHARE EXPERIENCES WITH THE COLLECTIVE CULTURES OF THE “OTHER”.
OF COURSE.
AND,
THAT
CAN
BE
A GIFT OF:

“I SEE YOU!”

*
I SEE BELOW THE SKIN,
THE “POSE”.
AS A CHILD  WHO LIVED IN A HOSPITAL,
I COULD SMELL AUTHENTIC SINCERITY
AND
KINDNESS.
X

MY SENSES SCAN FOR GENIUS, GRACE

AND BEAUTIFUL SOULS
WHO HAVE THE COURAGE
TO
FLY
OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER…AND OVER
AGAIN WITH A CHILD LIKE SENSE OF WONDER
AND CELEBRATION
YET, TEMPERED AND WOVEN
WITH ELEGANT INTELLECTUAL FIRE.
MY LULLABIES.
 
*
X
X
X
X
X

I CAN NOW.

IN STILLNESS

AND

IN SILENCE.

*
*
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