My blog concentrates on all my P’s: Paintings, People, Philosophy, Photos, Places, Pleasanteries, Poems, and Privilege.
I used “paintings” in the broadest sense because, alas, I can neither paint nor draw. My lines are drawings that “take a line for a walk” and my colors, like those of Matisse, “serve as both form and content”. My cartoons (for that is how I think of them) are often linked to words with many double meanings, audio and visual; they bring humor to me and the world around me.
I write about the people who impinge upon my existence. Some of them real, some literary, and many of them are imagined and re-created in different forms and words from their actual realities. People, formed from words, are the building bricks with which I have shared and shaped my life.
I am not a philosopher by any means, but I have over time developed a philosophy. It started with my studies of phenomenology and its extension into existentialism. Both these movements have influenced my life and my writing. Bakhtin’s chronotopos: “Man’s dialog with his time and place” has also been a great influence on my creative thinking. My art is indeed my dialog with my time and my place.
They come from everywhere that I have been, moments caught in the camera’s eye and frozen forever. They illustrate the life I have lived and the things I have seen … well, some of the things I have seen, anyway … photos and flashbacks, verbal and visual, are the phenomena around which my creative life is built.
I haven’t traveled far, but I have always tried to travel deep. Avila (Spain), the Bay of Fundy and Island View (New Brunswick), Oaxaca (Mexico), PEI (Canada), Ste. Luce-sur-mer (PQ) … these have all left traces of themselves in the poems and paintings that appear on these pages.
I hesitate to call myself a comedian, let alone a verbal comedian, but I have a sharp tongue, a neat sense of humor, a clear view of what Camus calls the Absurd, and a love for double and deeper meanings. I particularly enjoy taking clichés from their accepted settings and giving them new emphasis and meaning.
I am a published, award-winning poet and short-story writer. I want to use this blog not only to publicize older poems, but to create new ones. I like to blend words and images in what I call “photo-poems” and the joining of words and poems to cartoons is a new step for me.
Life has been good to me: hopefully I can share some of that goodness and bring a little bit of joy and happiness, light and laughter, to those of you who follow this blog. I will consider it an extra privilege if, through these pages, I can make new friends.