This book is about unlocking a source of beauty already within us. A source that has been with us since we first became human. It is the first poetry—a musical, spontaneous poetry that will rise out of us once we reawaken it. I call this poetry SOULSPEAK and its poems, speakings. Some will be challenged to create their own speakings. Others will be drawn to the history and nature of this ancient poetry and some to what it can teach us about poetry in general. The book has been laid out in five sections: Parts I –IV are intended for those who would like to know more about SOULSPEAK, including how to do it. Part V is intended for those who would like to know how SOUSPEAK fits into the canon of poetry.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am a prizewinning poet, novelist, and video artist who works in many mediums: print, audio (CD), video (DVD ; internet). Among the poetry prizes and honors I have received for my written poetry are: The 1997 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, Finalist 1994 and 1997 Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman National Prize Contest. Among the prizes I have received for my Video Poetry (Dreamstories) are the 2005 John Ringling Individual Artist Fellowship and 2006 State of Florida Individual Artist fellowship. I recently received the 2010 Ringling Towers Literary Award for my novel ALICE HICKEY. The Ringling School of Art has also honored me in 2009 (along with 11 other Sarasota artists) with an Ageless Creativity Award, for my life long creativity in poetry. I am the author of seven collections of written poetry and seven CD collections of oral poetry. I have created over 100 DREAMSTORY videos, performance-poetry videos, art videos and video documentaries about poetry. Finally, I was educated at Columbia College and am the founder of SOULSPEAK (www.soulspeak.org)