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jH photo collage 1997-2007 -- click for 'Life to the Power of Infinity'A Country Rag Index of Acrylics and Etcetera, Part 1 (2000-2003)

and Part 2 (2007-2010) 'Spirit Self,' digital graphic by jH -- click for enlargement

"Artists are peaceful people, generally -- concerned and preoccupied with creativity, divine expression frequently, as well as the communication of real human experience -- and often become 'sacrificial lambs' in a corrupt world committed to murderous acquisition and exploitative consumption."

Lesrning by contrary example in the artists's "hometown" at the Boston Massachusetts' Museum of Bad Art.

You don't want to know
beauty's cost,
the lessons of loss,
or follow Dante's trail.

Sexual orientation includes sexual, affectional, spiritual, emotional, relational and psychological attraction toward others. Sexual preference is what makes up a person's arousal template and brings him or her sexual stimulation and fulfillment." -- Joe Kort in Psychotherapy Networker, Nov/Dec 2007

When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

-- William Butler Yeats

by Jeannette Harris

  1. Birds and Bees

  2. Child's Play

  3. Fire and Ice

  4. Ghost

  5. Guitar

  6. In The Garden

  7. India Melt

  8. Late

  9. Liberty

  10. Life

  11. Life2

  12. Love Song

  13. Memories

  14. Mobile 2

  15. Mobile 3

  16. Mobile 6

  17. Native Scream

  18. Ocean Fantasy

  19. Order

  20. Pink Bird of Happiness (Cherish and The Jackal)

  21. Rain

  22. Rain Forest

  23. Silence of the Lambs

  24. Star of David

  25. Truffles

  26. Unnamed

  27. Wall Board

  28. Wall Hanging 1

  29. Wall Hanging 2

Marine Tidings

Take me with you to distant ports.
I want to know Thailand in a setting sun,
the Gulf of Tonkin as our boats drift in,
Hong Kong's garish clang and alluring lights
on singular back alley nights.
Tell me how their voices sound
whispering in a room,
what clothes they wear,
how they walk,
their pose against a stair.
Do they glisten at midday
swimming toward a barge?
Write me of their perfume,
the colors of their leis.
Have you seen the porpoises?
Is the sea at peace?
Your letter's nearly two week's old,
stamped somewhere in Greece.

What Sex Brings To The Race

The creative force underlies the attractions and comradeships between boys and girls, as well as courtship, love, marriage and family life.

It makes manliness, womanliness, motherhood and fatherhood.

To both boys and girls, sex gives a new joy in living, a desire for a career, a longing to do great things for the race.

It inspires the arts, the sciences, and the culture of civilization.

-- The American Social Hygiene Association, 1922, quoted from Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America, by John D. Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman

"... the self which the sexual shatters provides the basis on which sexuality is associated with power. It is possible to think of the sexual as, precisely, moving between a hyperbolic sense of self and a loss of all consciousness of self." -- Reenfleshing the Bright Boys by Calvin Thomas, in Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory edited by Judith Kegan Gardiner

The Garden of Good and Evil
("The Nail Under Your Sandal's Strap")

and your body is a place,
a planet I explore,
crawling up its mountains,
tripping on its dreams,
falling through its hollows,
standing in its terror,
swallowing its screams.
on my knees with frightened cries
I reach to find the pain
and heal it with my magic gel,
salt, the kiss-caress of tears.

with my teeth I pull the nails,
lick your wounds until they're healed.

your blood flows through me.

"I want to impart something to you through osmosis, the sweating of the pores in my skin. It's knowledge, power, being, learning, growing, expressing yourself and divinity, communion with nature, all that's natural, your higher self."
-- Reign in My Name

Flower Ring Snake

On Cycling Through Fusion and Fission,
Space and History,
Individually and Collectively
An Essay on "Writing Naked"

from the source beyond iterations of
paradise and grace, the garden of good and evil

"I see [labels] as tiny paintbrushes that give us form, for without them, we would stand naked, emperors in our new clothing, the shimmering, vibrating essence of life. Which is what we REALLY are, of course."
-- Julie Savage Parker in the first word, WNC Woman, February 2008

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Original text and graphics c. A Country Rag, Inc. and Jeannette Harris, Jonesborough TN, 2003, 2008,2011.