A message from the artist...
A Collection of Poems
Good Questions to Pose (Mask: Accountability, community, individuality, severity)
What does it mean to be a man.
How does a man take accountability for his mistakes?
How does a man accept his mistakes?
How does a man contribute to enhancing community?
How does a man truly embrace himself?
How does a man decide proper action?
Balanced equals proper.
How would your grandfather interpret the question - What does it mean to be a man?
Your father, your contemporaries…
Shame released can be a kind of pleasure
No More (Mask: Resistance, Defensive, Dealing with excessive external pain)
Four Manly Parts (Mask: Guiding, insightful, hierophant with wisdom on masculine ideals)
Grandeur comes by their touch,
Of tastes, scents, and emotions,
Moved onto teetering full ballads,
The essence of a manly lover,
Wise viewing multiple worlds,
Commanding secrets sought,
Used in pursuit for the others,
The essence of a manly magician,
Fierce in their mighty physique,
Determined to overcome obstacles,
Honorable and respectful will,
The essence of a manly warrior,
Omnipotent of sight, hand and wand,
Leading adamant charges advised,
Carrying roars of devoted allies,
The essence of a manly king
Combined make male spirit
To foster his own heart fully
Strung by muscle and mind
The essence of a full man
Admitting My Shadow (Mask: Admitting difficulty of secrets in joking, prideful manner)
Writing down my terrible traits is hard,
Every scribbling on paper is a heavy lard,
Singing sins of past and present like a bard,
Out in the open while I clean my own yard,
Secrets of smut and strife are rich for foes,
Searching for any tabs to chop off my toes,
Vulnerable for I to share all of these knows,
Now, I am higher, not brought to their lows.
Man Club (Mask: A clown's perception of a hazer promoting masculinity for a club)
"Scoffy Boys, Come.
Come here! listen.
You have muscles?
You make love?
You earn money?
If answers' no,
Here's the place:
The manliest club!
Holding beer contests,
Playing only sports,
Pumping our abbs,
Kicking losers down
Cause we're winners!
By our flag,
Join the gang
Become a man!"
So he says.