a voice for the damned

Some of you may remember that last year a ma named Nigel Cox, from the UK, sent me a portrait he had painted of a man called John that was done while listening to my recording of “The Heart of Failure” off my first CD, The Garden of Lost Things.”

The painting is beautiful, and at the bottom of this post (along with a link to the Heart of Failure). I said, at the time, that at some point I would sit with “John” and write a poem, something that would arise from my surrounding myself with the sound and image.

And almost a year has passed.

Several weeks ago, I started to have the beginnings of a poem start knocking around my head and my heart. I knew immediately that the title would be “A Voice for the Damned,” but it hasn’t really gotten further than that. I got distracted with the Executioner and all my other things.

Then, about a week ago, for whatever reason, I started to think about that painting – a lot. Not specific thoughts, but like my subconscious was holding it up before my inner eye and pointing at it going “there! there!” But it still wasn’t coming together, except that my attention was drawn back.

In trying to clean up my inboxes I came across a message from Nigel that I had missed in the darkness of winter. John is going to be part of a show, and he described how it would be set up – just the painting, separate from the rest, with the music.

Now, yesterday was an odd day. A good day but an odd one. One of those days in which one feels smacked about the head by fate, destiny and purpose as you get reminders, every which way you turn, of what it is that is needed to be done.

And it all came together in a way, it is time to write about John. It is time to sit and listen to the Heart of Failure, look into John’s eyes and listen to the world as it speaks.

John, by Nigel Cox

c. 2010 Nigel Cox All Rights Reserved.

the Heart of Failure, by Cassandra Tribe

from the CD, the Garden of Lost Things

c. 2002 Cassandra Tribe. All rights reserved.

c.2010 Nigel Cox. All Rights Reserved
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About cassandratribe

"There are few artists that can do what Cassandra Tribe does. Whether with her poetry, her videos or her blog, Cassandra examines the truths that most of us can never come close to realizing and shows it for what it is, both beautiful and frightening at the same time. She exposes our inner-most workings like the cross-section of a powerful but flawed machine, our gears and springs, nuts and bolts removed and laid out before us. She is a true artist. Her new video, Requiem for a God, is the latest example of Cassandra's willingness to tear open and examine the very things that make us human. Shooting the film entirely by herself, she also eliminates all the little excuses we come up with to keep us from ourselves and our truth. You see, even when she's not trying to be, Cassandra Tribe is a beacon of truth and humanity in this darkest of worlds." (Michael E. Quigg, The Culture Network, June 2009)
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