Poetic Notes and Quotes for Month of July

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In his amazing essay “Text & Meaning in Claude McKay’s If We Must Die,” the Quotable Poet pays appropriate tribute to the great author McKay. He reminds us that the poem first came out in July 1919… so this July 2015 is the 96th anniversary of its publication. But wait, why should any us care at this particular time?

Well how about this… Think shooting massacre in Charleston, think Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, think Hillary Clinton’s “in-it-to-win-it” second run for the U.S. presidency, think no more Confederate flag raised on government property. For all those reason we’re joining the Quotable Poet  in his tribute to Claude McKay by presenting 3 of the best quotes from the article throughout this blog. We’re also going to zero in on another topic but first this is quote number 1:

“Poetry has often proven an effective instrument for amplifying the voices of those who believe they have been targeted for unfair social and political discrimination; or, worse, tagged for a campaign of potential genocide.” (QP Aberjhani)

We’ve been noticing something all year long. It’s nothing that’s going to make the Flash ditch his red super-threads for blue or pink ones. Just a quotation thing that’s worth sharing.

What we noticed is a lot of people put quotes by the Quotable Poet to good use in blogs, stories, quote-pics, status updates, books, and all kinds of fun things. What we DON’T see so much of are the literary critique type blog and essays bold enough to say why it is one search engine places his picture between the late author Maya Angelou and William Shakespeare at the same time that another places it next to Nobel Prize for Literature winner Andre Gide and half a dozen writers from the Harlem Renaissance.

“That Blacks and Whites have made tremendous advances in securing social and political equality for all Americans is something most reasonable thinkers would not deny. The conditions as they existed in 1919 were the kinds that challenge poets of any race to prove the significance of their craft.” (QP Aberjhani)

 Don’t get us wrong. There are some, like the Mankipedia article by Vince Corvino where he talks about the meaning of travel and the word “nightmare” in one of the QP’s most famous quotes. You can also find a lot dealing with the “dare to love yourself” quote and there are some important reviews of his Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance. But when you look at the size of the body of work in different genres it seems like there’s supposed to be more and it seems like publishers should prob be making that happen.

Aberjhani nonviolent conflict resonlution quote with Van Gogh BLUE poster courtesy Postered Poetics 2UPLD

“When confronted by social, political, or legal disagreements, options for nonviolent conflict resolution are often plentiful if allowed into consideration.” (QP Aberjhani)

Google generated list of poems by AberjhaniDrop-down sample list of poem titles by the Quotable Poet.

One organization we have to give their due creds is Google for making available a drop-down list of poetry titles by the QP when you type in “Poems by …” Some search engines do the same thing with his quotes which is cool because these back up what some of us have been saying all along.

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5 Best Quotable Poet Quotes for National Poetry Month

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It looks like the Quotable Poet is in full-effect-kick-butt mode for National Poetry Month. With his big journalism push at the beginning of 2015 it didn’t seem like he was gonna cover all his author-poet bases. He did do it though with a new poem, his first interview in like forever, and a ginormous new essay series launched on the Guerrilla Decontextualization website. Check ‘em out:

1. The poem: Rainbow-Song for the Angel of Tao
2. The interview: Poetry Life and Times Interview with Author-Poet Aberjhani
3. The essay: Abbreviated Mind Syndrome Article 1: Accidental Poetry & Nihilistic Implosions

When you hit that interview don’t miss the news about the upcoming magazine project with light photographer Aurora Crowley. That’s gonna be awesome-hot.

SO ABOUT THOSE 5 BEST QUOTES: Our 5 Quotable Poet quotes for National Poetry Month come from all the sources just listed. Since they’re all by the Quotable Poet himself we’re identifying the source in parentheses (is that spelled right?) after the quote. Here’s to rock’n & rollin’ and hippin’ & hoppin’ all National Poetry Month long:

1.

“I sometimes dream certain poems that I never write down because I believe they belong where they found me. I have also spoken poems over waves rolling in off the ocean and then watched their translucent lines float off without writing or recording them either.” – from PLT Interview with QP

2.

“Far less than “50 shades of grey,” wielders of abbreviated minds rarely allow for even one.”–from Abbreviated Mind Syndrome Article 1: Accidental Poetry & Nihilistic Implosions

 3.

“From opposite ends of time and space
a dream and a song quietly embrace…”
–from Rainbow-Song for the Angel of Tao

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“Use of an abbreviated mind is what makes the more devastatingly callous aspects of guerrilla decontextualization possible. It simultaneously magnifies the impulse to avoid accepting moral responsibility for one’s actions and reduces the inclination to view fellow human beings as simply that: fellow human beings.” –from Abbreviated Mind Syndrome Article 1: Accidental Poetry & Nihilistic Implosions

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“Most of us know that we can be better than what we are and do better than what we do, and a lot of us live in ways that oblige us to at least periodically make an effort. But the work required to move up from point C to point A, or to survive the drop from A down to C and begin all over again is rarely easy.” – PLT Interview with QP

All quotes by the QP.

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The Quotable Poet and #Selma50: Passionate Love and Passionate Hope

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Raise your hand if were surprised to see recaps of the #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter social media campaigns popping up on mainstream media last month. Right, that would be basically nobody! And that includes the Quotable Poet because he kept his pen marching in step with the masses with 2 strong pieces. The first was his Selma Revisited series and the second was his story on the new novels by superstar authors Harper Lee and Toni Morrison.

At the same time, a lot of Soldiers of Love, like Senator Cory Booker on Twitter and FamilyShare on Facebook, shared his vibes on Valentine’s Day. For some post-9/11 authors getting tagged for dedications to romance and African-American history at the same time might sound kind’a schizo. When I t comes to QP Aberjhani’s commitment to social justice from his expressions of mystical-love-passion you can’t really separate the two. That’s why we’re giving you 3 for 3 in honor of #Selma50 :

Passionate about Social Justice

“Dreams can not only come true, but they can actually create revolutions in the human heart and provide healing for the human spirit.” –– QP Aberjhani (from A Writer’s Journey to Selma, Alabama)

“There are times when the political circumstances of a given hour define what we recognize as the human condition. The violent racial turmoil and subsequent moral victory of those who stood strong against it in Selma, Alabama, and elsewhere throughout the United States in 1965 was precisely such a time. So are the human rights and broader spectrum of ethical predicaments currently before the world’s polarized populations in 2015.” –– QP Aberjhani (A Writer’s Journey to Selma, Alabama)

Mainstream media black men geurrilla decontextualization quote by Aberjhani with graphic by BrainyQuote“Mainstream media’s representation, or its guerrilla decontextualization, of black men’s lives in particular can set the stage for erroneous assumptions capable of damaging an individual or a nation.” QP Aberjhani (from Text & Meaning in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with image from BrainyQuote)

 Passionate about Mystical Love

Love as a concrete foundation quote by Aberjhani image by Top Famous Quotes“Love as a concrete foundation” qoute by Aberjhani with typographic art by Top Famous Quotes “Love as a concrete foundation for an authentically functional civilization requires the around-the-clock labors of forgiveness. Without it, Love fails, Friendship fails, Intelligence fails, Humanity: fails.” – QP Aberjhani (from Journey through the Power of the Rainbow, typographic art from Topfamousquotes.com)

“Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation it brings into their lives. And make no mistake about it: love does take over and transform the schemes and operations of our egos in a very mighty way.” ––QP Aberjhani (from Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays Volume 1)

 This fire that we call loving quote by Aberjhani with text graphic by FamilyShare on Facebook

“This fire that we call loving is too strong for human minds. But just right for human souls.” –Aberjhani (from Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love)

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The Quotable Poet 2014 Review and Literary Timeline

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You can tell from this blog there’s not a whole lot the Quotable Poet did not do in 2014 and it looks like he might be gearing up to take it to a different level in 2015. We’re combining the report prepared by the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys for 2014 with the timeline section from QP Aberjhani’s Timeline Table of Contents for the Year 2014 Going into 2015. Nobody here’s taking claim for his phenomenal output but we like the way his timeline backs up what we’ve been blogging for a few years. If it works out right you can see for yourself from the link list after the WordPress blurb…

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 47 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Timeline Table of Contents for 2014 Going into 2015

That’s what we been talking ’bout. Laters,

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5 Quotable Poet Quotes You Can Take with You into the Year 2015

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If you’re one of the people who were convinced at the beginning of 2014 that the Quotable Poet had given up on poetry for good raise your hand. Yeah, it looked that way to a lot of us.

Then the year kicked off and the QP got down to business posting and pubbing all the different things he’s about as a writer. Halfway through the year he published the long-awaited Journey through the Power of the Rainbow that’s blazing across the net. He pumped out no less than 5 additions to his Text and Meaning essay series with one aimed straight at Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE album. He paid tribute to literary heroes Clement Alexander Price, Eugene B. Redmond, Coleman Barks, James Baldwin, Henry Dumas and Maya Angelou.

The turn back toward poetry looks like it started with the elegy for artist Allen Fireall and picked up again with the big splash in Poetry Life and Times. It looked like that was gonna be it for a minute. But word is he’s in the new Black Gold poetry anthology he wrote about in “‘Tis the Season for the Magic of Poetry”. He doesn’t say so in the article but check out the contributor names on the back cover graphic and there his name is at the top of the first row. He’s been pubbed in a lot of anthologies but kicking off the year 2015 with new poems in this one is a good follow-up to the essays published in 2014 about #BlackLivesMatter and the whole excessive use of force by police thing.

So what are the quotes you wanna take from 2014 into 2015? They’re lined up right here…

1.

Fear feeds on fear quote by Aberjhani with quote grapphic by MS25 Prods“Fear feeds on fear. On either side of a potentially violent conflict, an opportunity exists to exercise compassion and diminish fear based on recognition of each other’s humanity. Without such recognition, fear fueled by uninformed assumptions, cultural prejudice, desperation to meet basic human needs, or the panicked uncertainty of the moment explodes into violence.”
–Aberjhani (from 7 Ways to Help
Replace Legislated Fear with Informed Compassion)

 

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"Your loyalty" quote by Aberjhani with quote graphic from Bright Skylark LP files “Your loyalty locked around my trembling ankles
like enigma stamping shadows on Mona Lisa’s smile.”
Aberjhani (from Ode to the Good Black Boots that Served My Soul So Well based on original quote graphic from http://quozio.com/)

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Shine your soul quote by Aberjhani with quotation art graphic by Life Reflected“Shine your soul with the same egoless humility as the rainbow and no matter where you go in this world or the next, love will find you, attend you, and bless you.”
––Aberjhani (from Journey through the Power of the Rainbow, typographic quote art by Life Reflected on Twitter)

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Authentic Inspiration quote by Aberjhani with quote graphic from AZquotes

“Authentic inspiration endows individuals with mental or spiritual energy which they are then able to transform into positive action. It can make all the difference between a man, woman, or child allowing despair to permanently paralyze any dreams they may have for their lives, or, exercising sufficient strength of will to make those dreams a reality.”
––Aberjhani (From Journey through the Power of the Rainbow, quote graphic from AZquotes)

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Guerrilla Decontextualization quote by Aberjhani with quote graphic from

“Guerrilla decontextualization usually involves partial truths made to look complete. It goes beyond simple defamation of character or slander because it sustains an entire culture devoted to manipulating public perception for the sake of financial, political, or social gain.”

— Aberjhani (from Putting Text and Meaning to the Guerrilla Decontextualization Test cell phone mobile quote graphic from recitethis.com)

If you got some fresh quotes you think should’a been included feel free to add them in the comments or put ’em in a message.

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1 Poem and 3 Quotes for the Month of November

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"When we vote we participate in the construction of a context."quote by Aberjhani quotation art graphic by J Wisdon from  AZquotesWhen we vote we participate in the construction of a context.” –Aberjhani, from essay Poetics of Paradigm Dancing. (quote graphic from AZquotes)

Maybe the Quotable Poet’s been taking hints from our posts. Why’s that you wanna ask? Cause he acknowledged on LinkedIn the intensity of getting a monster new poem called Ode to the Good Black Boots that Served My Soul So Well published at the same time…wait for it…. that he dived deep-sh*t heavy in politics with 7 Steps to Help Replace Legislated Fear with Informed Compassion.

Most QPs could’ve pulled off one win or the other but how many you see dropping double-kicks like that? The poem is his first one published on the web since the elegy Gullah-Gospel Griot Allen Fireall written for the southern Gullah artist was published with a story about him back in March.

We’re sharing the link to Ode to the Good Black Boots that Served My Soul So Well as the poem of the month for November. When you read it on Poetry Life and Times you can see after the by-line where it’s from an announced book of “New & Selected Poems.” That’s some big news to be slipping in on the side like that. He topped it off with a commentary on AuthorsDen that was picked up by the daily Poetry Lifetimes. Check it out:

"Reflections on Ode by Aberjhani story in Poetry Lifetimes 2014-10-29

Reflections on Ode to the Good Black Boots that Served My Soul So Well

What we used to say about the QP Aberjhani not being much of a political writer is def no longer the case. His LinkedIn blog on Stand Your Ground laws was featured on the LinkedIn Influencers’ Law & Government page and picked up by Google News. The quote on the graphic below is part political and part spiritual, it’s been shared by some of everybody from US Senator Cory Booker on Facebook to netizens all over Tumblr. Peace political mandate quote by Aberjhani w quotation graphic by J Wisdom from AZquotes 1

“Peace is not so much a political mandate as it is a shared state of consciousness that remains elevated and intact only to the degree that those who value it volunteer their existence as living examples of the same… Peace ends with the unraveling of individual hope and the emergence of the will to worship violence as a healer of private and social dis-ease.” —Aberjhani from essay February 15, 2003: The History That Peace Made (quote graphic from AZQuotes)

Lookin’ at the way he’s closing out 2014 makes us real curious about what’s coming up in 2015.

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October 2014 Poem of the Month: The Unseen Companion

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When all the stars fold back quote by Aberjhani with quote graphic courtesy of Bright Sky Lit Prods 4 MS25“When all the lights fold back into their silence,
in a place secret and safe, warm and fragrant like stars,
you will realize without thought, or sound or color,
that for one second I stood knee-deep inside your heart.
You had gone looking for a friend, and one had found you.”
–Aberjhani , from poem The Unseen Companion
(Quote graphic courtesy Bright Skylark Singing for MS/25)

We were set to offer up the Quotable Poet’s poem “Christ Listening to Stereo” for the October Poem of the Month. But you probably know already what happened. Just as things were getting set up the QP published it in part 2 of his “Text & Meaning in ELEMENTAL the Power of Illuminated Love” articles series on LinkedIn and AXS Entertainment. Booyah! The post also included the music video for the poem “Angel of Better Days to Come.”

Can’t blame a poet for struttin’ his own copyrighted stuff. He followed up part 2 with the poem “The History Lesson” in part 3, a back-to-back poetry slam-jam you don’t get a whole lot from QP these days. A 3-part essay with poems would have been enough for most bloggers and writers posting schedule but on top of those QP launched something on AuthorsDen that we’re gonna be keepin’ an eye on: Introducing Tao of the Rainbow . That’s got BIG texted all over it. It’s always cool to see what he’s up to on AuthorsDen ‘cause there are tons more reader reviews for work by QP Aberjhani there than on Amazon or anywhere else.

But in the meantime right now bounce-back action we’re going to follow the QP’s posting lead. Our October 2014 Poem of the Month “The Unseen Companion” was first published in Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black and then ELEMENTAL. It’s a great read for Halloween but it’s an even better read for when you think about all the bodies dropping on battlefields and city streets.

THE UNSEEN COMPANION

This place shall not be warm.
Nor shall you find its cool breath pleasant.
With a heart heavier than death
you will wonder when and how
you came to occupy such a deadly stone.
There shall be no lovely voice begging and weeping
for the company of your sweet tongue.
Despair shall pimp you like a whore
and sell your thighs for less than a dime.
Then a moment, shaped like an angel,
and a time and space as brilliant as a comet,
shall rise above the horizon of your
battered affection, and peace will lift you
like a diamond made out of pure love.
As if stepping from a cloud, one name
shall come forward to embrace your tears.
You will almost know who I am.
In a place secret and safe,
you will almost remember this style.
As we dazzle, and merge, and vibrate like twin
realities flowing back and forth
between our birth and our eternity.
When all the lights fold back into their silence,
in a place secret and safe, warm and fragrant like stars,
you will realize without thought, or sound or color,
that for one second I stood knee-deep inside your heart.
You had gone looking for a friend, and one had found you.

–poem by Aberjhani (from ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love)

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2 Quote Graphics for the Month of September

Originally posted on The Quotable Poet:

September 11 2001 quote by Aberjhani with graphic from AZQuotes                                                                                          (From AZQuotes)

This month’s quotes are from AZQuotes because they’re in the process of setting up such a cool website that there’s a good chance somebody here is going to sign up on it. Just not possible not to like the profile pages, love the quote selections, and truly dig the feature that lets you make quote graphics. Both quotes you see pictured here come from the poem “Angel of Remembrance: Candles for September 11, 2001.” So enjoy the one up top and the one at the bottom.

Now for the Top 3 QP News Notes: All the changes coming out of the Quotable Poet’s camp this summer have been big ones. These are the top 3 but if you got something hotter let us know:

1) HOT OFF THE PRESS: You can call “Creative Flexibility and Annihilated Lives” an instant QP classic…

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2 Quote Graphics for the Month of September

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September 11 2001 quote by Aberjhani with graphic from AZQuotes                                                                                          (From AZQuotes)

This month’s quotes are from AZQuotes because they’re in the process of setting up such a cool website that there’s a good chance somebody here is going to sign up on it. Just not possible not to like the profile pages, love the quote selections, and truly dig the feature that lets you make quote graphics. Both quotes you see pictured here come from the poem “Angel of Remembrance: Candles for September 11, 2001.” So enjoy the one up top and the one at the bottom.

Now for the Top 3 QP News Notes: All the changes coming out of the Quotable Poet’s camp this summer have been big ones. These are the top 3 but if you got something hotter let us know:

1) HOT OFF THE PRESS: You can call “Creative Flexibility and Annihilated Lives” an instant QP classic published in the new edition of Words & Violence. It rocks a bangin’ new essay with a classic poem, fresh hash tags for your social-media-conscious consideration, and some deep new vibes on guerrilla decontextualization.

2) The Red Room author website shut down in July and that means the Quotable Poet Aberjhani’s pages on the site did too. It had some articles, photos and videos piled up over d6 years that nobody else had. These and the works of other writers on the site are now supposed to be on Internet Way Back Machine.

3) So after Red Room went on the auction block the QP set up two new signif writing camps to go along with his base blog and CTI page. One went up on LinkedIn and the other on Wattpad. Some people might say the LinkedIn Blog is not a good fit but the QP said it works.

 History Dressed up quote by Aberjhani with graphic from AZQuotes                                                                         (from AZQuotes)

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August 2014 Quotable Poet 90th Birthday Salute to James Baldwin

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James Baldwin software art by Joe Williams for Blacksoftware.com Shared in honor of The Year of James Baldwin acknowledging Baldwin's 90th birthday August 2, 2014.

James Baldwin software art by Joe Williams for Blacksoftware.com Shared in honor of The Year of James Baldwin acknowledging Baldwin’s 90th birthday August 2, 2014.

“There is a ‘sanctity’ involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.”—James Baldwin’s book The Price of the Ticket

“Sociologically, politically, psychologically, spiritually, it was never enough for him [James Baldwin] to categorize himself as one thing or the other: not just black, not just sexual, not just American, nor even just as a world-class literary artist. He embraced the whole of life the way the sun’s gravitational passion embraces everything from the smallest wandering comet to the largest looming planet…” –– Aberjhani from article The Quotable James Baldwin

If you had to guess what smokin’ hot actress Kerry Washington, Hollywood big-timer Jake Gyllenhaal, and the Quotable Poet all had in common what would you say? Besides the obvious fact that they’re all talented creatives in their way?

The answer would be that they’ve all gone on record blowin’ up books by James Baldwin. Kerry Washington did the YouTube “Importance of Reading” literacy video about how she fell in love with Baldwin’s “middle road” racial politics. Gyllenhaal was part of the launch for The Year of James Baldwin. And QP Aberjhani’s got at least half a dozen articles, reviews, and essays about Baldwin online––where the poems at QP? The latest story-piece is called The Year of James Baldwin Now in Full Classic Literary Swing.

When Jake Gyllenhaal went all intellectual in a public discussion of a novel by Baldwin it caught a lot of people off guard. Why was that? Can’t the man look studly and be smart too? The QP has been writing about Baldwin for years and the 2 authors have a lot in common. Being African-American male authors is just part of it. They’re both also multi-genre authors and both are African-Americans who have spent a lot of time outside the United States.

Most readers know Baldwin for his essays, novels, and short stories. Turns out he wrote poetry too (anybody under 25 who say they knew that already is probably lying.) This is a short one from his brand new book of poems is called Jimmy’s Blues with an intro from Nikky Finney.

SUNDAY

The mint bed is in
bloom: lavender haze
day. The grass is
more than green and
throws up sharp and
cutting lights to
slice through the
plane tree leaves. And
on the cloudless blue
I scribble your name.
–James Baldwin (from Jimmy’s Blues)

 

If you check out the Amazon page for the book you’ll see where Maya Angelou described Baldwin as “a giant” and the Booklist Review says “Poetry was the current that powered his novels, essays, and plays…” That’s more than enough to join the Quotable Poet in giving Baldwin a shout-out for his 90th birthday on August 2nd and for checking what The Year of James Baldwin is all about.

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