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· Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World

· The Harlem Renaissance Way Down South

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· The Hanging Man Dreams

· Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love


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Positive creativity begets positive creativity in a celebrated work of art, poetry, and friendship.

 

From: ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love

 

 

 

The shape of something uncaring and

perversely cold stands up inside a man

and he finds himself completely deceived.

Believing this world’s anguish is something

different from the love he keeps holding back.

 

There Is a story about a wealthy man who

gathered beggars from throughout the city

and took them all home. Thinking he would

feed them, they smiled and shined

like newly opened daisies praising the sun.

But the wealthy man did not feed them.

He grouped them closely together then

recorded the sound of their stomachs’ loud rumbling.

He needed this sound he said to add a dramatic touch

to a waltz, a masterpiece, he was composing

for a special ceremony. Afterwards, he paid

each of the grumbling stomachs ten cents each

then took them back to where their sadness

and hunger lived. Later that night,

the wealthy man was dreaming about angels

when he felt someone cut off both his feet.

He woke up screaming just as a huge woman with a

huge knife grabbed his hands and chopped those too.

The woman cried and apologized but said she needed

his limbs to add realism to a special sculpture

she was creating for a special event. She gave him

a silver dollar for each hand and foot

then squeezed her bulk back out the window.

 

The shape of something uncaring and

perversely cold stands up inside a man

and he finds himself completely deceived.

This world’s anguish is no different

from the love we insist on holding back.

 

  

 

The image titled “The Homeless, Psalm 85:10,” featured on the cover of ELEMENTAL can evoke multiple levels of response. They may include the spiritual in the form of a studied meditation upon the multidimensional qualities of the painting itself; or an extended contemplation of the scripture in the title, which in the King James Bible reads as follows: “Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”  The painting can also inspire a physical response in the form of tears as it calls to mind its more earth-bound aspects; namely, the very serious plight of those who truly are homeless in this world, whether born into such a condition, or forced into it by poverty or war.  

 

It was the rich embodiment of these layers of physical, emotional, and spiritual representation that enabled me initially as a writer to transcribe my experience of Luther’s images into a corresponding form of poetry. Rather than attempting to force my own literary voice upon any interpretation of the works, I sought to hear and understand the voice already speaking through them. In that way, the poems seemed to reveal themselves to me in much the way that Luther sometimes described paintings revealing themselves to him. I considered the activity of transcribing Luther’s visual art into poetry during the early 1990s as a unique experience of grace that was somehow profoundly sacred. What I had no way of anticipating at the time was that a day would come when our rolls would reverse to some degree and the painter would produce images inspired by the poet.

 

After the passing of my mother, Mrs. WillieMae Griffin Lloyd, in February 2006, I found myself for the rest of that year writing a series of poems called Songs of the Angelic Gaze. I had not made any conscious plans to write such a series and the poems often seemed to arrive like actual angelic visitations. I shared these with Luther as well as the rest of the world through my various websites. At the same time that one angel poem after another entered my life, I finished writing the novel Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World.  I also collected the angel poems into a book called The Bridge of Silver Wings. When the time came to publish both the novel and the poetry, I realized that I would need exceptional cover art for both.

 

I was extremely reluctant to ask Luther if he just happened to have an image or two that I might employ as cover art because I knew he was preparing for major exhibits of his own work at the Jepson Center for the Arts and other museums. Therefore, it came as a big surprise when he said he had already started working on visual expressions of the angel poems. It came as an even greater surprise when he first presented me, without having actually read it, with the exact art needed for the novel; then a little later with the perfect image complement for the poetry collection. We recognized that our partnership in creativity had, as the saying goes, come full circle. It had started almost two decades before with Luther’s show at the Beach Institute when the paintings I encountered there inspired me to compose a body of poetry specific to their colors, forms, and subtle philosophical statements. Now it continued with the visual artist’s interpretation of the poet’s angelic visions.

 

Moreover, it became clear that positive creativity begets positive creativity because after producing the cover images for my books, Luther presented me with one angel image for which I had not already written a poem but did so specifically for ELEMENTAL just as we were preparing to go to press. The image is a vertical one called “Angel of Better Days to Come.” The different perspectives from which this painting can be viewed offer intriguing interpretative possibilities. One set of meanings is revealed when viewed vertically while another may be considered when viewed horizontally.

 

With the closing of the first circle, or cycle, another had already started. An appropriate symbolic representation of this adventure in spiritual creativity––or creative spirituality, depending again on the angle from which one chooses to view it––might be that of the symbol for infinity, which looks like the number 8 placed on its side. What could make this symbol appropriate would be two things. One is the endless array of possibilities available to us for artistic expression during whatever amount of time we spend on this planet. The other is what Luther indicated in his statement at the beginning of ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love, and that is “the hearts and minds of those who give this book their attention…” That means for the generations alive at this moment and for those to come, these pages represent an opportunity to discover, explore, and claim as their very own, a small miracle wrapped in the glittering wonders of art and poetry.    

 

by Aberjhani

from ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love

 

              

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Jodee Kulp 7/15/2008
So true, thank you for speaking out for those who have little or no voice. It will take many voices.
Keep writing
Jodee Kulp
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/13/2008
I have enjoyed the reading of "The Homeless, Psalm 85:10". I would comment, but after reading the observations and comments by Her Sublime Grace, Author-Poet and Artist Sage Sweetwater, I can only say DITTO!

I CONGRATULATE The Master of the Pen Author-Poet Aberjhani and Artist Luther E. Vann for their association in the creation and publication of "ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love", wishing them a successful career.

I salute them.

In respect and admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/8/2008
wow--i hold your work in such high esteem--this is a profound poem.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 6/7/2008
Culturally valuable. Without archives, we have no history. We, as compassionate members of society, must never lose sight of the written word or any celebrated artwork's role in the story of civilization. Aberjhani, I've followed your angel stories and poetry, and I am convinced of many things. Your dreams are key to your past, present, and future and I feel your guiding angels are the origin of your creative process born from the Guild of angels many, many centuries ago, and that spiritual scope is now coming to Light. I've visited Luther's site at Creative Thinkers International many times and the man's power to create just as yours is an overwhelming reminder of the beauty of humanity. Both you and Luther have put supreme effort and genius into your spiritual cache of artistic/literary properties. I enjoyed The Homeless, Psalm 85:10. This masterpiece comes with a personal sense of creative tenderness.

Sage

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

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The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition)

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Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life...

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Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

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The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009

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The American Poet Who Went Home Again

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Visions of A Skylark Dressed in Black

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