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In Honor of National Poetry Month:The Works of Poet & Artist, Henry L. Jones
Good Morning Friday! I’m blessed to be back on the blog this morning. Please send up an extra prayer for the victims of last night’s Tornado. Today, I have a special treat for all of my readers and new friends who happen to stop by:)
Mr. Henry L. Jones, a former Chicagoan, is an artist and poet whose works over the years have garnered him much praise and accolades… Please enjoy his artistic offerings in celebration of National Poetry Month.
STRANGERS FOR PRETENDING
Strangers walked by
layered with makeup
make love to me
don’t look into my eyes
or try to touch me
make the skin warm
and move the heart
let me pretend
to be alive real
of my childhood
lost in stolen innocence
who understands the shame
of the hidden child who hides under the stairs
and looks at
who walks by
as people pass
from their lips
till the pain
dry lips become wet with desire
but nothing seems
to fill their emptiness
souls so vacant
but many residents.
Henry L. Jones
(From Run into Blackness: Feeling My Poetic Gumbo, Pneuma Publishing International, Inc.)
Henry L. Jones is an award-winning artist and writer who struggles. From those struggles, he discovered a healing power from his ability to create artwork. His art delves into the forces, which shape things whether social causes, spiritual transformation or community affairs. Jones uses the journey of art to find answers about the causes of social issues, such as poverty, violence, injustice, history and other plights. He wants to understand why events happened in the past and how they’ll impact our future.
In many of his artworks, he blends experiences and images with references to his Black heritage (both Diasporic and mainland African cultural links). Then, he’s able to tap into the forces using his art technique which he coined “gibbing” to visually portray interacting forces, provocative images and colorful patterns. Gibbing is a way of painting, which enables him to take in experiences and then unleash them as an artistic expression. It is his core creativity. This involves applying paint with his hands instead of brushes to translate the messages.
Jones is a contemporary Griot seeking ears and eyes to hear and see his stories of redemption, hope and healing in his artwork. He’s an award-winning artist who’s received awards, juried exhibit invitations and grants. His art has hung in museums, galleries, universities and cultural centers. Jones is a Fisk University alumnus and a native Detroit-er and transplant from Chicago.
Poetry And Art From Marguerite Beck-Rex
Many Aspects of Patrise, 2009
That summer day, sitting in that rattan chair,
she was fully engaged in that conversation.
From left to right, she could seem quizzical
or reflective, straight-forward, doubtful
She could appear younger or older;
her hair, either short or shorter,
more or less curly, and pulled back or not,
depending upon the humidity. It could glint
red or brown, depending upon the light.
As to why her dress color and her sleeve length changed,
and why she sometimes wore glasses, sometimes not,
those, and other questions, are for someone else to decipher.
Those of you who love great poetry & art, raise your hands! Or, simply visit Marguerite’s http://inkpaintwords.wordpress.com/
- Summer Materials: Rattan & Wicker (homedesign.marthastewart.com)
The Contemporary works of John Diehl
Clara54 recently had the pleasure of connecting with a great Contemporary artist, John Diehl, whose work can be viewed at his website @ www.diehlart.com. Via his facebook page www.facebook.com/diehl.art.gallery and his professional blog @ http://jdiehlart.blogspot.com. Thanks John, for allowing my readers a sneak peak at some of your gorgeous blurscapes!