The poems

Wassily Kandinsky said that artists must reach into their own souls for inner truths, and so lead others to higher spiritual levels. He didn’t say that artists had to become famous, or even to earn their living from art.

In these poems I use only first names, but I am not trying to hide the identities of the artists that I write about. Of the artists I have met, who are less famous than they could be, I have remembered Leonard Lopp, who kept a studio above Flathead Lake in Montana; Jim Scott, a San Francisco artist; Brice Bowman, who once kept a studio in San Francisco but is now an experimental filmmaker working in Los Angeles; Geri Digiorno, who founded the Petaluma Poetry Walk and was poet laureate of Sonoma County (2006-2007); and Katherine Kahrs, whose dance photography is at the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco.

I painted the image on the cover in 1969 or 1970.

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The poet

Tom Sharp, self portrait

Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).

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