This blog is dedicated to aggressive, unrelenting thought. The work you read is a reflection of the way I live my life — rational evaluation and the assertion of principles that correspond thereto. There’s nothing so obnoxious to me as the sanctification of perspectives without consistent action, therefore, how I express myself is almost always a genuine reflection of the diligence with which I approach my own life and the world around me.
I want more than anything for poetry to signal a call to action and mine almost always does. Yes, occasionally I will write a love poem or ruminate on some esoteric notion, but I think poetry is at its most effective when it combines the reality the writer is experiencing with artful expression. The truth inherent in poetry is less about objective Truth and more akin to the authenticity of individual or shared experience. That truth is only accentuated by an artful turn of phrase or a poetical structure, which forces the reader to pause, think and, ultimately, act.
My race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and education level are all part of my identity, but unlike so many, I refuse to allow them to hijack the thing most indicative of my being — my humanity. A great deal of my work focuses on the themes of humanity, personal responsibility and the importance of knowing self (that is, being comfortable with self).
It is an expression of my determination to see the world shift from one that focuses almost exclusively on how externalities effect us, to a world where we focus on how our internalities effect the way in which we interact with the world (I often refer to this as putting the “I” back into human). I’m not foolish enough to expect a seismic shift in human relations–any student of history understands how unlikely it is that we will instantly shift away from the fear that guides most of our action–but I can sleep well at night knowing that I do all that is within my power to share a view of the world as something built on unity, decency and a hope that is relevant only through the action that animates it.
Please read anything and everything I have to offer. Comment, assert, inquire and take the time to consider views that might appear confusing, conflicting or odious to your senses. I’ve found that the greatest chance for humanity is in the consistent challenge of our sacred “-isms” and if my writing serves no other purpose, let it force you to consider your own place in the world with greater intensity.