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The Quotable Poet gave a powerful send-off to the second member of his “Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance” team to pass in recent years… Dr. Ja A. Jahannes. The good doctor not only shared pages with the QP in the encyclopedia. They were both also published in editions of the Savannah Literary Journal and in the travel anthology called Literary Savannah.
When subscribers to his cultural arts column received the email notice about the article on Dr. Jahannes some of us let out a big “Whoaaaa!” as we checked out the title: “5 Ways to be Geniuses Together.” Use of the word “geniuses” wasn’t exactly new because the QP’s been playing with the hashtag #BeingGeniusesTogether for several months. Seeing the reference to it in a headline was bold though ‘cause let’s face it the first thing in some hypocrites’ minds is that he’s self-promotin’ (like that’s not what everybody else is doin’ too in one way or another) when in fact he’s paying tribute to a colleague.
Another unexpected move came when the QP posted a second article-slash-essay on his Bright Skylark Literary Productions site. This one is called “The Wit, Wisdom, and Genius of Ja A. Jahannes.” The first 3-part article is the kind any dedicated writer hopes somebody will write about them when they lay their keyboard to rest. Check out the quotation art-graphic posted with each part. The second blog-essay is hands down one of the best pieces anybody could want to read for literary background info on the honoree and on the QP Aberjhani himself doing their thing in the city of Savannah-GA during the 1990s.
Both our quotes for the month of August come from “5 Ways to be Geniuses Together.” The one at the beginning (up top) is from part 1 of the article. This one is from part 2:
“Being geniuses together (to borrow the phrase from Kay Boyle’s and Robert McAlmon’s classic memoir) makes it possible for human beings to serve as each other’s heroes rather than simply function as each other’s antagonistic nemeses.”–Aberjhani (from the essay 5 Ways to be Geniuses Together)