Music // Words // Images

This post covers a lot of ground.

There is something brand new.  There is a peek behind the curtain at how I decide what to share with the world and what to keep in the vault.  And there is news about the upcoming record.

But by far the most important thing is,

For the first time ever

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I posted some of my poetry online.

[If you’d like to see it, here it is:]

I’ve written poetry ever since I can remember (I did my first public spoken-word reading of an original work when I was 7) but I’ve never posted or published any.

For me to put something out into the world it has to be of potential worth to others, there has to be a suitable platform, and I have to feel that it’s right.  (I make a lot of stuff that goes straight into the vault.)

I’d been playing around more and more with Instagram.  And as I explored what I’d assumed was a visual platform I began to notice more and more poetry; so (on impulse) one night I opened the Word file where I keep my rough drafts, polished one up, and posted it.

The response was encouraging, so I posted some more.

It occurred to me that if you like this blog enough to read it you may also like my poetry.  If you think this could be the case then by all means take a look.

This is still the testing phase so it would be really valuable to me to get your honest thoughts, responses, and opinions.  Use the comment box just below or the Instagram threads themselves to make your voice heard and please do let me know what you think.  If the response is good then there’s a good chance that I’ll be posting more; if not, then in the vault they shall stay.

Thanks for reading this, I hope it finds you well,

J

PS – (I have no plans to cross post any poems so, for now at least, Instagram will be the only place you can find them.  If you want them to have them show up in your Instagram feed then follow me and turn on notifications.)


Update:

If you are ferociously awaiting my upcoming record, then know that it will be with you…soon.

I haven’t set a deadline for release because it is more important to me that it is right, than on time.

But it wont be long now.

As always, the very first people to get a chance to hear it will be the folks on my mailing list.  If you’re not already signed up you can do that here for free  (and if you sign up today you’ll also get 3 pieces of music to tide you over until release.)

49 Comments

  1. I read the poems on the 1st page this evening. Simple and soft, which to me means not hard edges. The rhythm and feel of the words and lines was pleasing to me. Movement felt into and out of my space, or time or place, not really sure how to describe.the ”now” of it.

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    1. This is the perfect description for me.
      I know exactly what you mean.
      And: Thankyou.
      Have a great day, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to respond – I really appreciate it.
      – J

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  2. Your poetry stops my heart, James, and after, begins again with a more primal beat and the awareness of the raw beauty that is to be had in this world. I’m glad you took the risk to share your poems and I agree that the vault should remain open! After reading your third poem, I found myself one evening recently, barefoot on my balcony, with the taste of rain in the air watching a cloud sailing over me creating it’s own weather – the temperature of the air was dropping as the wind picked up and I could see lightning flashing in it’s centre. In no time at all, a fierce tropical -like rain began to fall and just as quickly, stopped as the cloud passed over me. Standing in the dark, I was left feeling as if my true nature had just been revealed to me and your words do the same…

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      1. How does one reply to such a beautiful comment – all I can say, is that each time I read what you have written (your posts and now your poetry), I’m compelled to dig deeper, to weave the threads that I have created into images that someone might want to inhale, taste or read again – so this is a thank you to you as well! As I’m writing to you, I can see the whitecaps breaking on the ocean, there is a cup of green tea nearby and there will be writing…

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  3. Inspiring Instagram-page, great pictures, good-looking cat, inspiring poems…seems you´re in the flow just where you belong ;-)…i´m planning to try Instagram too in the near future, we´ll see… Have a good week!

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  4. Ah, my poem-soft soul is singing at these lovely works. Do not leave them in the vault – there is so much magic that deserves to be shared. ❤

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  5. James, the world can never have enough (good) poetry. It’s great that you are sharing them. Keep that vault open, share some more when you can.

    Best wishes
    Scott

    p.s. Looking fwd to the new music!

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          1. James, I just placed a like on your site. Thanks so much for the encouragement you placed on mine. In today’s world, a gentle spirit as you have is a comfort to see! Not everything I post will be well excepted because some of it is a bit controversial (I mostly refer to some of the biblical subjects I post) but nothing that should be truly offensive. I’m headed there now to post a new one.
            Best To You James.

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