Hey Hey Aberjhani,
Just got ALL SOULS [by Patrick MacDonal] this morning? Thanks bro. funny how getting a book can seem like such a victory. Only in prison. I read Mandela's auto (LONG WALK TO FREEDOM) and he said they used to get a newspaper smuggled in then transcribe it on an entire roll of toilet paper. Reading that was their ultimate triumph. How much of America doesn't have a clue as to what free speech and a free press really mean? ALL SOULS should get lots of run in here. I know at least five guys waiting for me to finish, but with all the Irish heritage and exiled Bostonians, close to 100 dudes could read it; and that's just this current generation of convicts. CG sent me PUSH by Sapphire (heard of it/her?) and it's become a phenomenon almost cultish -- you'd think I had that Mao book from the 60s. She's a big James Baldwin fan (especially "Sonny's Blues") and has him on the way, I think, and INVISIBLE MAN -- classic you'd think I'd read by now.
Drawing my ass off lately. Last night was Einstein's face as the stem part of an atomic mushroom cloud -- came out cool. B&W biker chick almost done; a few others. There's two art shows downtown this spring and for the one next week I'll have two paintings and two drawings.
I just read that there's a Providence poetry slam at a club on Thursday night; wish that same homeboy were still up this way (moved to Phoenix) maybe he could've thrown battle with my rhymes. Does Savannah have any clubs like in the movie "Love Jones" with its open mic for poetry?
Your insight on spiritual love and its intensity, and then its murkiness of actual interaction (sex or not, etc.) -- that rings quite true with me. I can envision a time, which I hope becomes reality, when I too am falling in love like that once or twice a week. If the flesh gets in the way, so be it. At least I'll know what rich life I'm living surrounded by such alluring souls.
In a few minutes I'm going down to type for one and a half hours, see if I can get to the homestretch of my share (subcontracted two chapters) in typing a three-chapter preview for Beacon Press. It's my annual 'Give it a Go!' moment, $8 for typing plus postage plus risking someone stealing my stories. I can't think of anyone to send it to other than "editor". Beacon Press did ALL SOULS and some other local ones, and mine is (in my grandiose opion) quintessential to the literary canon of Beantown culture. Subject matter loved and yet virginal to my knowledge.
Stay cool my man, and be sure to learn those power chords on your guitar just in case the need for a Slayer/Metallica jam arises. Peace,
NEXT: Letters from the Soul Number 4
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