May 29, 2016, marks the 8th anniversary of the publication of Elemental, the Power of Illuminated Love, which made its public debut at the Telfair Museum Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, Georgia (USA). In honor of that event and as a tribute to the one-of-a-kind ekphrasis book’s co-creator, the late Luther E. Vann, a 3-part essay series has been posted in author Aberjhani’s national cultural arts column hosted on the Anschutz Company’s Digital Clarity Group Examiner platform.
The first installment of the essay features a video on the collection of African-American art housed at the Telfair Museum and Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah. The second part includes a video of contemporary African-American artists discussing the different racial and professional barriers they had to overcome while developing their craftsmanship. The third presents footage on the life and music of jazz pianist Thelonious Monk, whose creative aesthetics inspired Vann in his pursuits.
Lastly, posted with each installment is an original Postered Poetics art title graphic by Aberjhani. Each art graphic is representative of different aspects of Vann’s creative strategies and practices. Readers can enjoy the separate installments, such the third featured at the top of this post, or the first or second below, by clicking on the corresponding image:
In his first interview of the year 2015, Aberjhani discusses with Poetry Life & Times editors Sara L. Russell and Robin Ouzman Hislop everything from what first inspired him to begin writing poetry as a teenager to current books and multimedia works in progress. The new interview has posted just in time for World Poetry Day (March 21) and National Poetry Month (April) 2015.
Web surfers who have written about Aberjhani, translated works by him, or shared links to various posts of his work began to experience something unprecedented in early September 2012. It happened while performing an advance Google search on the term “author-poet.”
In addition to the expected search return of well-known classic authors and poets who fall into this category, the query unexpectedly generated the above image of various historical and contemporary authors described as: “Authors frequently mentioned on the web.” There between William Butler Yeats and Edgar Allen Poe was the famous photograph of Aberjhani taken by celebrated photographer John Zeuli. Others included William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, James Joyce, and Charles Bukowski.
Aberjhani’s presence was a surprise among these authors because the advanced Google search had been a generic one. It was also surprising because even though his books, articles, and poems are frequently referenced and quoted on the Internet, his titles can be difficult to obtain at local bookstores.
It is likely the image occurred because of Google’s recent consolidation of services, which now allows Google to more precisely identify interests based on previous searches and to slant search results accordingly. While that explanation is thoroughly plausible, the image reminded the Bright Skylark team that since the conclusion of the previous newsletter sent out through the Authors Guild web-hosting service (please see the image below) there has not been an official news outlet to cover news about events, project updates, new releases, or other happenings pertaining to Aberjhani and related Bright Skylark developments.
In addition to serving as a reminder of the deficiency in order that it might be corrected, the gift of the image also seemed like a perfect visual summation of everything Bright Skylark Literary Productions is about and therefore the perfect one to greet readers of this newsletter. First up is a recap of recent articles and poster freebies from Aberjhani followed by a surprise from Ranker.