Ideology is a Substitute for Art

Poetry and story telling have been important elements of my life since I can remember. I wrote short stories in second grade, love poems in 4th, angst poems in high school, and political poems in college. Today, my writing usually takes on a more journalistic feel, but the power of creatively condensing an idea into a concise, accessible line is common in all forms.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon a chap book from one of my former professors at Cal State University Long Beach, Dr. Gerald Locklin. He is known as one of the most prolific American Poets, and has a very accessible and natural way of putting together his pieces. I reread this piece and was impressed at how powerfully it addresses an issue that humanity is wrestling with today.

G.Locklin Amedeo Modigliani. Portrait of Mrs. Hastings, 1915
G.Locklin Amedeo Modigliani. Portrait of Mrs. Hastings, 1915