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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…
“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)
“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/)
“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)
“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)
“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.