Wow how time flies!

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Sorry, it's a stretch, but we can be thankful when the big bad guy loses?
Sorry, it’s a stretch, but we can be thankful when the big bad guy loses?

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Can you think of anything more magical than this fine print from Hunter and Plucked Chicken (the famous) press?
Can you think of anything more magical than this fine print from Hunter and Plucked Chicken (the famous) press?

It’s been months since I got back to this blog. Does this happen to everyone after a few years? I have been concentrating on my poetry lately, and have been busy traveling and meeting some pretty impressive people in the poetry “business.” It seems my long hiatus from sending poems out has left me far outside the knowledgable set who bind their work together and submit it for a book publisher’s eyes. I have learned a lot just this month from celebrated poets and editors and publishers, mentors and generally superb workers in the field. In fact I have a ms. circulating as of today with all the helpful and professional tips I got recently at a Colrain conference in Ashland, Oregon. These conferences, so ably run by poet Joan Houlihan, are well worth the time, money and effort, and I highly recommend looking into them at their website online. What a glorious bunch of talented people I met! My mind was elevated to such a pitch that I have been writing poems ever since, almost daily. Whether my work is worthy is a diferent matter. We shall see. In the meantime, an online poetry journal in Kent, England has published three of my latest “war” poems. You can check them out at “Message in a Bottle.”

Now, what about that other genre of art on paper. I am thrilled to discover so many artists live and work in Los Angeles. Despite the rivalry, or whatever, that comes from outsiders…and I mean that kindly, my adopted city is crammed full of busy artists making art of all kinds. I was so happy to discover the reconverted factory building on S. Central Ave. when I went to Otis Bardwell’s studio open house. A plethora of painters, sculptors and other avant garde explorers there that lovely Sunday afternoon, not the least busy was Otis whose orderly yet overflowing with his creations on the wall, shelves and floor. Rejoice with me, Angelenos, because of our rich cultural center with a truly glamorous, full-flowering symphony, more than one world-class art museum, a bustling poetry community and so many world-famous artists of every kind, and let’s not forget the critics who pay attention to all this and “find the good and praise it.”

So, to honor the glory of summer in Los Angeles, and because I am feeling ecstatic about fulfilling my dream to one day live here, and not the least of all because I need to move my artwork collection to a larger storage facility, I am offering a huge discount on all my collection on these pages. So, this month only, here is your chance to browse, ask for a price, be surprised at how inexpensive “Real art” is, add to your collection. You can direct your questions to me at jjohnson4@msn.com.

Here’s a sampler, some of my favorites with huge discounts:

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