How Can I Follow
In his introductory essay to The Jade Mountain, Witter Bynner explains the pivot of Chinese poetry as the miracle of identifying the wonder of beauty with common sense. He went on to predict that future poets would go to school with the old Chinese masters to learn how best be expressed, for themselves and others, that passionate patience which is the core of life.
I have two trick knees & a detoxed liver, so whatever you dranking, count me out. Come to think of it, your poetry makes me walk funny too. Its alive and dancing, full of zen implosions, hot tea, sunlight, driftwood cogwheel fiddles, tenderness & glittering streams, thoughtful craft, glistening salamander enjambments, drunken fairy god mothers, talking donkeys, a child, war & peace, and the whole enchilada. AND the kitchen sink. Makes my head spin. Spin the way its spose to.
Sing praises, this stuff is the real, all-the-way, luscious poetry thing. A wild bliss comes up reading these lines aloud to anyone nearwhat mouth feel, tang & texture, and Ye Gods saying what really matters. This is a blast from our lingual future, fresh language like new cream, rico. Clean, clear seeing, welcome to the New World. These poems offer so much place, fully felt, you can smell the humus. So much ebullient, boiling nutsy sane truth. A pantheon of elk, onion and woodpecker, daughter and dust motesthe view will stun you. All the Old Ones are on their feet, shouting bravo as the Canon creaks open its clenched jaws. Where have these poems been all my needy life? Ecstatic to have them at last, in hand!
A virgo and a boomer, J.B. Bryan is poet, painter,
graphic designer, publisher of La Alameda Press, former bookseller at
Living Batch Bookstore, and a cranky advocate of alternative culture.
He was educated at the University of Iowa, University of New Mexico,
and California State University at Long Beach. As a book designer, he
has a gained a reputation for distinctive style and classic typography.
As a 30 year semi-native of New Mexico, he and family have a funky but
lovely existence on the edge of town in the North Valley along the Rio
Grande. As an artist, he often quotes Henri Matisse: