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“When 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 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 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.