"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
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.
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. (1996)
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. (1997)
"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
"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