After struggling through my teens and twenties over conflicts of various possible career paths. academic fields, mediums of self expression and literary genres (from a desire to be a movie star, to three runs for political office, explorations into philosophy, and a self published book of experimental poetry and short stories) my writing has grown very “hybrid,” “interdisciplinary,” and cultural– both in term of subject matter, as I write about whatever strikes me interest, from coffee, to sex, to politics and in that I tend to persist in writing about examining experience through various lenses– — blending the academic, journalistic, personal, artistic, political, etc…– — and how this might offer a more holistic perspective.
Blog (drafts of writings in progress, free-writes, political comments, & other miscellaneous musings)
My philosophy & aesthetics
I believe that the purpose of all art is to facilitate the communication between people and thus increase awareness and understanding of one another’s thoughts and experiences. This is why I read and write and why I love to share.
More technically speaking, I identify with an epistemological point of view that values CLARITY which I call “Clarificationism” and an aesthetic notion that strives to achieve as much clarity as possible through HYBRID syntheses of the multitudes of information and points of view; this I associate with MAXIMALISM and as that which evolves out of the “postmodern.”
And to be transparent and honest, I also value context and process which is why 1) I like to share drafts of both old projects and fragments of work I now hate 2) why I love footnotes as a means of breaking out of poetry into prose (or why I love rhymes and getting a chance to write something with a more mystical and playful and lyrical feel) — the ultimate goal here being to examine different perspectives for the sake of more clarified, more contextually clear and maximalistic transparency of self-expression.
My ambitions as an artist and educator
contributing to the culture of developing critical thinking skills and open debate/discussion
When I was a kid, teenager, and young adult I often struggled with my “education” because I failed to understand what the “purpose” of all this supposed knowledge might be.
The more I explored the Liberal Arts, both on my own and in an academic setting what I discovered was that the value of education is critical thinking and open discussion aimed towards making life healthy for us as individuals and our world at large.
encouraging everyone to identify their personal aspirations and hopes for our universal culture
If both art and education have the capacity to help us live healthier and higher quality lives then what does that look like?
One of the most discouraging experiences I’ve faced throughout the years is witnessing how pessimism, lack of self esteem, and a lack of general encouragement to “define our dreams” has held people back from pursuing “self actualization.”
I like that line by John Lennon: “you may say that I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one/ I hope that someday you will join us and the world will live as one.”
I think it all comes down to community for me both in terms of open, clear, healthy, high-aiming communication but also in terms of experiencing a culture than can be more widely symbiotic and inclusive.
This also means respecting different kinds of people and advocating for institutions and policies that promote healthy personal and social lives.
My sources of inspiration
And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect from the mountain so all souls can see itBob Dylan
How can I have feelings when my feelings have always been denied?John Lennon
More from my blog
- MEDITATION (a prose poem; from the 6/25/20 draft)The Power of the Figurative Listening to Andy Puddicombe’s Headspace app (as if crucial to escaping the pollution of thoughts and feelings that wrap me in an excessively humid trap) as he…. guides… us beginner listeners (theoretically, as these particular recordings are designed for beginners, but I don’t know who happens to listen to them … Continue reading MEDITATION (a prose poem; from the 6/25/20 draft)
- new “shockwaves” drafts: prose poem version“Meantime life outside goes on All around you” -Bob Dylan “This is a life moment. It’s a moment in the life of this country. It’s a moment in the life of the world. It’s a moment in our family lives. It’s a moment for each of us.” – Andrew Cuomo: (22:49) 1. The Shockwaves & Their … Continue reading new “shockwaves” drafts: prose poem version
- draft from “Effexor”[the primary narrator and protagonist Dylan Starr reflects on how Effexor has significantly reduced his depression and anxiety symptoms] Cities with skyscrapers built of lava hardened doom From and upon constantly erupting volcanoes—their fumes And the acid rain monsoons Now seem transformed into peaceful beach sand dunes Ah, sand grains flying in the wind Begin … Continue reading draft from “Effexor”
Want to chat?
I said that my ultimate purpose is to facilitate communication via open conversation. I mean it! I don’t know how long it may take me to get back to you but if you’re interested in starting a conversation, have any questions, feedback, et cetera, please feel free to reach out as I would love to see where our conversations could go! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org