(Rumi Visions II CD cover art by Marvin Mattelson) I think of Genius and Madness as being very much like a twin brother and sister. And it doesn’t really matter which one we call the brother, or which we describe as the sister, for one simple reason. Within the universe of the extraordinary, those … More Dancing with Genius, Dancing with Madness (in Honor of Jalaluddin Rumi)
“The systematic looting of language can be recognized by the tendency of its users to forgo its nuanced, complex, mid-wifery properties for menace and subjugation. Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence…”~Toni Morrison, 1993 Nobel Lecture in Literature (This segment of Creative Flexibility and Annihilated Lives is published in partnership with Voices … More Creative Flexibility and Annihilated Lives (essay with poem)
(PEN International World Association of Writers logo) The PEN American Center turned all of 90 years old in 2012 and recently decided to give itself a very useful digital facelift. With such cases like that of the Qatari poet Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami, Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega still rocking international … More A Digital Facelift for PEN American Center – Bright Skylark Literary Productions
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