Becoming a Musical Fool

Becoming a Musical Fool

Music in Langston Hughes’s “The Weary Blues”

by Lynn Michael Martin

The study of art today connects our era to almost every other civilization which has left any kind of record. Thus, by study of the arts, and specifically literature, the art world strives to create a binding force which celebrates inclusivity and diversity. Continue reading . . . “Becoming a Musical Fool”

The Vale of Soul Making

The Vale of Soul Making

Self-Definition as Creative Participation and Response
by Obi Martin

The general predicament in which humanity finds itself is accepting and living well within the sorrows and limits of temporospatial reality. By “reality” I mean something that is synonymous with “life” in its common usage: Continue reading . . . “The Vale of Soul Making”

Universal Secret

Universal Secret

by Conrad Martin

By communion, in communion, for communion we are created, to know and be known.

If only we could speak freely from the heart; our hearts lay bare all the mind; our minds share the highest and lowest, strangest and simplest, purest desire. Continue reading . . . “Universal Secret”

The Utterness of Creation

This is the third and final essay in our series of studying each others’ poetry.

The Utterness of Creation

by Lynn Michael Martin

This week, I am discussing a poem by my friend Obi Martin—“Fixed Song.” In looking for a method by which to dissect the poem, I immediately gave significance to the title, which I think suggests the controlling idea of the poem. Continue reading . . . “The Utterness of Creation”

He Will Empty

The order of the next posts has changed slightly, but here is the second in our group of three posts. Next week will be by Lynn Martin.

He Will Empty

by Obi Martin

“Jabbok,” the name of the river that Jacob crossed, and where he wrestled God, means “he will empty.” He will empty of what? He will empty. Continue reading . . . “He Will Empty”