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A New Book Of Art And Poetry Collaboration By F A A Artists

Posted by: Ed Meredith on 10/07/2013 - 2:16 PM

"On The Milky Way" is one more in a list of wonderful collaborative books of art and poetry generously brought together by FAA's poet laureate Viet Tran.

As an artist Viet's gifts go beyond his intriguing and unique collages, his playfully serious and thoughtful poetry where his humanity shines through, and into the realm of inspiration and generosity where he shares the creative spotlight with other artists asking nothing in return but thier participation in the creative process…

Please take the time to view this book, enjoy the images of fourteen talented and unique fine artists/photographers and read the poetry they inspired…

And as a side note... there is no mark up or royalties in any of the books published by Viet, they are done for the shear joy of doing and sharing the work...



Photographers/Artist:
Bob Salo
Christine Till
Dale Ford
Deborah Smolinske
Ed Meredith
Fran Riley
Julie Lueders
Kenneth Walker
Lin Haring
Marlene Burns
Philip Sweeck
Richard Rizzo
Viktor Savchenko
Xoanxo Cespon

Also Viet's current thread here on FAA; " What Lead(s) You To The Creative World?" - is worth checking out.
http://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=1442758

 

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Posted by: Viet Tran on 10/07/2013 - 3:20 PM

Thank you very much, Ed

I would like to thank all featured artists for taking a leap of faith in the collaboration and for their great help that led to the publication of book. I also give a good credit to FAA for providing a good venue of connection with those fine artists around the world.

The book of 356 pages is set at the full preview for the public to enjoy awesome artworks of contemporary artists in the art of photography and the newly invented digital medium. Some of the 14 artists are also painters/sculptors in traditional media. However, the books features only their works in digital medium and in the art of photography.

I hope you would enjoy the book. I appreciate your feedback. Thanks for taking your time to read it.

 

Posted by: Dale Ford on 10/07/2013 - 3:27 PM

I am honored to have my work appear in the book, On the Milky Way, along side the original poetry of gifted poet Viet Tran and to be in the company of so many talented artists. This is one of several books in which Viet has colaborated with individual artists to create something beautiful. I deeply appreciate the time it must have taken for him to peruse all my galleries, as well as the thoughtful choices he made. Each poem so perfectly compliments the corresponding image. Somehow Viet magically creates a relationship between each image and each poem similar to that of a beautiful song in which his poem provides the words and the image the music.

My thanks to Viet for all the time and effort he dedicated to the creation of this book. I applaud his accomplishments.

 

Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 10/07/2013 - 4:01 PM

Congratulations all who have been a part of Viet's vision. It is a stunningly beautiful book....V

 

Posted by: Tom Roderick on 10/07/2013 - 4:10 PM

BRAVO!

 

Posted by: Angelina Vick on 10/07/2013 - 4:11 PM

Congratulations on your successful collaboration!

 

Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 10/07/2013 - 4:36 PM

Yay!!!!!

Congrats!

 

Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 10/07/2013 - 4:39 PM

@Viet
This is an awesome idea and should be supported by FAA and all members ........... SUPER Viet

I would love to do something like this for Q - the collection, if somebody has time

Photography Prints







Gunter Nezhoda - Member of Q - the collection The Elite Online Gallery where published and award winning photographers show their work

 

Posted by: Philip Sweeck on 10/07/2013 - 7:11 PM

Great collection of artworks and poetry. Thanks Viet!

 

Posted by: Marlene Burns on 10/07/2013 - 7:39 PM

Thanks so much, Ed, for jumping in and taking the lead on posting a thread. Viet Tran has dedicated countless hours to promote and be inspired by many faa artists.
I am honored to be in this group.

 

Posted by: Ed Meredith on 10/07/2013 - 9:13 PM

No problem Marlene... your plate seemed extremely full...

i want to thank Viet for his tireless work in putting together this volume of Art and Poetry... it is my humble honor to be included in this group of talented artist...

My contribution was small, i just gave him my trust and the keys to my portfolio... oh and thanks Viet for including our poetry play on page 117... =>))

 

Posted by: Fran Riley on 10/07/2013 - 10:05 PM

Viet has an extraordinary way with words - interpreting images that cuts right to the nature of the intended and unintended artistic vision that each artist created. I am humbled to have been included in his book. Many sincere thanks to you Viet.

 

Posted by: CMG Design Studios on 10/07/2013 - 10:47 PM

Very cool project. You guys are amazing.
I tried to follow the link and it says the book does not exist.

 

Posted by: Ed Meredith on 10/07/2013 - 11:08 PM

Christopher... what link did you try?

it's there for me...

 

Posted by: Natalie Holland on 10/07/2013 - 11:10 PM

Congratulations to all FAA artists involved! :)



 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 10/08/2013 - 12:58 AM

Many thanks to you all for your kind inputs:

Dale Ford,
Vivian ANDERSON,
Tom Roderick,
Angelina Vick,
Roseann Caputo,
Gunter Nezhodar,
Philip Sweeck,
Marlene Burns,
Fran Riley,
Christopher at CMG Design Studios,
Natalie Holland,
and of course to Ed Meredith for moderating the thread.

Have a good day or night to you all

@ Gunter. Your book looks very charming and characteristic. Would you mind sharing the link to your book preview.

 

Posted by: Maria Disley on 10/08/2013 - 3:00 AM

Amazing!!! All of you and your poet publisher. :)))

 

Posted by: Gunter Nezhoda on 10/08/2013 - 3:17 AM

@Viet,

This is just an image, I didn't do the book yet, I guess I should soon, have plenty of images.
Need to write some stories. Will be most likely fairy tales. Old, "once upon a time" style.
I want the book look like in the image, same paper and binding.

But I also want one for Q - the collection with different photographers.
Wish I had more time .................

 

Posted by: Marlene Burns on 10/08/2013 - 8:58 AM

 

Posted by: Richard Rizzo on 10/08/2013 - 9:21 AM

Thank you Ed for starting this thread and congratulations Viet for all the hard work you poured into this project that I am happy to be a part of.

 

Posted by: Magia Gomez on 10/08/2013 - 12:38 PM

What a beautiful book. Congratulations to all.

 

Posted by: Fran Riley on 10/08/2013 - 6:06 PM

bump

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 10/08/2013 - 11:24 PM

Thank you
Maria Disley
Richard Rizzo
Magia Gomez

Also thanks to Marlene and Fran for bump some air to the thread (lol)

@ Gunter. I have checked your galleries. I think that you have enough images for a book. It is a very good idea to publish your art with the writing for each image. I'd like to share with you my own experience in publishing books as I have done 12 of them (5 poetry books in my mother tongue and 7 books in English).

IMO, you'd better define your target audience prior to deciding the type of writings and which of your images would go in the book with those writings. I believe that the major target audience of fairy tales are mostly for children who are not mature enough to enjoy the beauty of your photos. I think that as musician, you can allocate your skills to write lyrics that can go with your works.

FYI: I am interested in doing my poetic echoes to your Q - the collection with different photographers. Simply I like the beauty of those images that have been already posted there.
However, I am afraid that it is nearly impossible to coordinate a collaboration that is involved in too many artists around the world. To obtain the rights to use the copyrights of those images for the potential book would take a lot of time and endless headaches. There is no guarantee that those artists would send you their digital image in a resolution high enough for printing hard copies of the book.

Good luck with the book of your own art, Gunter.

 

Posted by: Marlene Burns on 10/09/2013 - 9:20 AM

 

Posted by: Ed Meredith on 10/09/2013 - 9:23 AM

HAHAHaaa... Marlene i just logged on and was about to "bump" but you beat me to it.... lol

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 10/09/2013 - 11:38 AM

About featured artist Xoanxo Cespon.

Xoanxo Cespon is a photographer, a digital artist, a painter of traditional media, and a poet.


One of his featured works in the book

Photography Prints


Autumn Romance

time
flies so quick
the hot summer's gone
without any notice

another
fall has come
colourful leaves
crushed under our bare feet
o amorous touch!

it doesn't matter
how many more autumns left
for our sweet
romance

I would keep the love for you
deep inside my heart
forever
even
after
my last breath

Thao Chuong
2013-07-27

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Posted by: Ed Meredith on 03/04/2014 - 2:26 AM

Viet, peaceful greetings to you my poetic friend...
i've been trying not to break the momentum of your moving poetry with Bob's wonderful works...
however here's an endless game echo to your "E Man" but without the e-mmortality...


Alone

the man sits alone
playing endless
games of solitaire
repeating over and over
the illusion of wins and losses
with no threat of real loss
he continues to play
alone
in his loss

Ed Meredith

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/04/2014 - 11:57 AM

My dear friend Ed. I love your poems as they make me think after reading them. You're an awesome poet who has been my inspiration in the journey to the poetic world. I am happy to read your poems. You've have enhanced my "momentum" (if it were a momentum). Have a nice day,

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/04/2014 - 12:24 PM


An echo to Ed’ poem Alone


The Cyber Addict

thought
fully uploaded
onto an a-by-z matrix
mind's sucked into a black hole
of the information
highway

he
gets
caught on
a worldwide web
and struggles for his life
as a cyber spider is tightening its net

Thao Chuong
2014-03-04

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/04/2014 - 3:27 PM

In Memory Of Hemingway

I’m sending myself back to meet the old man and the sea

he’s
drinking
and smoking
at every stroke
as he keeps punching patiently on cold metal keys
to tell me his fascinated stories
on a typewriter

I’m
now back
to my contemporary world
wondering
“for
whom
the bell tolls”?

is it for the suicide of the writer himself or for the murder of his typewriter by modern technology?

Thao Chuong
2014-03-04



Photography Prints

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/05/2014 - 12:13 AM

From artist Bob Salo’s Book Art Feeds The Senses


The Fallen

nothing left to hold
inner world’s falling apart
most frantic moment

most needed moment
man frantically prays for God
time o frozen hell

sunk deeper in depths
waits for holy salvation
why God has yet come!

Thao Chuong
2011-09-04



Photography Prints

 

Posted by: Ed Meredith on 03/05/2014 - 12:34 PM

Not quite an echo of "The Fallen"
but driven by the word fall...


The Fall of Second Eden

veiled in the mystery
of beginnings
is the first mother
of us all
and we call her
Eve...

her mind raced and filled with growing despair
as she looked across the forbidding landscape
covered by rubble in a world that once was…
a world now void of people
with only ghost of memories
where they once walked
laughed
lived and
loved

she closed her eyes
and thought of him
with the warmth of his breath
against the soft of her neck
his firm hand caressing…
"Stop" she shouted
"Take me back,
back NOW…
I don't want to know
the future

Ed Meredith

Art Prints

This image (90"x60") is this year's entry into an annual show that i've been in for the last 8 years... the 3 day show which is this weekend is called "Nude Nite"...

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/05/2014 - 1:21 PM

Wow!...

....especially to this stanza

her mind raced and filled with growing despair
as she looked across the forbidding landscape
covered by rubble in a world that once was…
a world now void of people
with only ghost of memories

.....and also to the last one

she closed her eyes
and thought of him
with the warmth of his breath
against the soft of her neck
his firm hand caressing…
"Stop" she shouted
"Take me back,
back NOW…
I don't want to know
the future


Thank you my poet Ed Meredith.
Your powerful poem brought me back to my desperate thought when I wrote the following poem.


Extinction Of The Endangered Species Called Human
(at 22 seconds, 22 minutes, 22 hours on the 22 days of the 2nd month in the year 2222)

the only survivor lived in isolation
for many months
inside a deep underground bunker

running out water
and food
she put safety mask
and anti-radiation gears on
venturing outside
for some supplies

at her surprise
what was left from the last nuclear rain
the chattered remain
of the formerly crowded city
full of skyscrapers
completely in rubble

up high
cerise clouds
embedded
in the empty sky
a lonely lifeless moon
boringly yawned

the last Eve
sobbed in despair
for the complete loss of modern man’s paradise
'n collapsed
in silence.

Thao Chuong
@ 2222-2-22

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/05/2014 - 11:09 PM

Photography Prints


Beyond All Barriers

she’s
taking
a free fall
down
into the deep valley of her inner self
at an accelerating speed everything’s becoming visually faded
she’s reaching absolute peace
when lost in nothingness

Thao Chuong
2014-03-05

 

Posted by: Ed Meredith on 03/05/2014 - 11:45 PM

Thank my friend, our dark thoughts are often the seed of creation…


an echo to your;
Extinction Of The Endangered Species Called Human
(at 22 seconds, 22 minutes, 22 hours on the 22 days of the 2nd month in the year 2222)

( not that of humanity but mine own... for human extinction the bar is set high but mine on the other hand …well… )


Narcissism to the End

my reflection today
was brutally honest
in showing the passage of time
something i was to occupied to notice
until it had past

the end of my hour
which seemed to arrived
before it ever started
is upon me now
and gave me good reason
to think darkly of my extinction
of being no more
nada
zip
gone…
dancing i thought with a wink of my eye
after all i am a handsome rascal
i can see that in the mirror
far more youthful than my years
i've plenty of time to do what i wish
and so many things i'd rather not miss
so i'm out of here
i'm gone
nada
zip
i'm off to have some fun

and getting older
well
i'm finished with that
for now
it'll just have to wait it's turn
and i'll deal with it when it comes around...


Ed Meredith
05 March 2014

P.S. there are good reasons for our species to think of its own extinction
S.O.S. - Save Our Species

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/06/2014 - 1:22 AM

Thanks for your interesting poem about your own end. as I've said earlier, you're my poetic inspiration, Ed. Your provoking thoughts strike hard on my head so often.

Here is an echo to your echo

Sundry Thought Of My Own Death

i didn’t make a choice to come to this world
but I can decide
whether
I’d
prefer
an early check out
or I should wait until the day
it comes and
takes me
back

if
death
is the end
for a new beginning
of eternal living on a god’s heaven
I would prefer to be a rat runner taking a short cut out of here as soon as I could
however I ain’t a chronic gambler
who could tolerate
such a highly
risky
bet
on
it

it’s why I’m still here kicking alive with a nonsense thought about my own death.

Thao Chuong
2014-03-05

 

Posted by: Ed Meredith on 03/06/2014 - 10:26 AM


"if
death
is the end
for a new beginning
of eternal living on a god’s heaven
I would prefer to be a rat runner taking a short cut out of here as soon as I could
however I ain’t a chronic gambler
who could tolerate
such a highly
risky
bet
on
it"


Viet, thanks for the great morning out-loud LAUGH... started my day on a high note... LOL

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/06/2014 - 12:48 PM

How about the deep humor in this stanza of your poem, Ed.

after all i am a handsome rascal
i can see that in the mirror
far more youthful than my years
i've plenty of time to do what i wish
and so many things i'd rather not miss
so i'm out of here
i'm gone
nada
zip
i'm off to have some fun


Ed. I feel that could connect/or at least relate myself to your poetry or art. Keep having fun my friend.

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/06/2014 - 1:03 PM

Photography Prints





Victim of The Heartless

you’re the worst scavenger
you chewed to the last piece then flew away
no crumbs of love
even a tiny piece
for hungry
crows

what’s left
inside broken heart
only fragments
O emptiness

Thao Chuong
2014-03-06

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/06/2014 - 6:02 PM




I think that regardless of natural disasters, corruptions, poverty, Haitians are very happy people as they have coped with those misfortunes in a positive manner. I wonder if they have held any happy moment of their living ‘til tomorrow.



Why Wait?

there’s always tomorrow
but when it comes
it immediately
becomes
today

cry
shout
scream aloud
or moan and weep in silence
at any desperate moment

keep
hoping
dreaming
and doing whatever needed to ease unbearable sufferings

what point to hold any of
today’s breaths
‘til tomorrow
why?

Thao Chuong
2014-03-06


Art Prints


Description
The title describes my admiration for the strength and resiliency of the Haitian People.
In 2006 I visited Haiti working on a video project. I returned in 2007 and promised myself I would keep coming back as long as my health was strong enough to survive the conditions I witnessed when travelling through the country. Unfortunately I haven't returned since then due to a serious enough health issue that keeps me from returning to a place that I found changed my whole way of thinking & living. It's a powerfull experience and so much can be learned about human existence,the will to survive and the faith it takes to believe that a change can happen in one of the most difficult places on earth that I have visited. The people are remarkable in their simplicity , resourcefullness and love of God . I have learned so much from them

By Bob Salo

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/07/2014 - 12:06 AM

From artist Bob Salo’s Art Feeds The Senses




Street Life, Big City

she trades her pain for strangers‘ joys
days and nights in different hands
nothing gained but much to lose

nobody knows wherever she comes
no one cares whenever she leaves
‘cause she is only a sex toy
Oh bloody hearts
material world!

Thao Chuong
2014-03-06



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Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/07/2014 - 12:56 PM

Photography Prints



The Fence Builders

birds
without border
fly in limitless sky
looking at endless land under their free wings

do
they
sometimes wonder
why the freedom-loving humans enjoy building fences
to imprison themselves


Thao Chuong
2014-03-07

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/08/2014 - 12:51 AM

Photography Prints



Why He Always Says “I don’t Have Time”

man often
dreams of being
on the top of the world
and the first one who gets the best

it’s the only dammed reason
why he has no time for his own living
he’s always in a hurry
running after
power
money
glory
fame
and…endless nonsense

he
tends
to forget
the faster he runs
the quicker he gets to his final destination

why does man keep chasing what he cannot bring with him to the cemetery?

Thao Chuong
2014-03-07

 

Posted by: Ken Walker on 03/08/2014 - 12:58 AM

Viet,

It was an honor to be a part of this book. I'm waiting to get my copy :) It is an extra pleasure to have one's work alongside poetry...bringing a deeper meaning to my work. Thank you my friend for this!

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/08/2014 - 1:28 AM

Ken. There are some typo errors and some parts needed revision. I am in the process of editing it. If you haven't ordered it. Hold on for awhile. Have a good night, my friend.

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/08/2014 - 1:04 PM

In The Eye Of The Storm

hidden
in peaceful nature
tiny seeds of violence awaiting to be unleashed

absolute stillness
always hides in eye of a storm
its most brutal
mood

O
honey
I’d rather be blind swimming in the sea of your love
than always nervously watching for my unexpected disaster
while sailing on your calm surface

Thao Chuong
2011-09-06 (edited 2014-03-08)




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Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/09/2014 - 1:04 AM

Two Worst Houses Of Crooks


pickpockets on streets could only get petty cash
scam artists usually go for more money
those crooks of the low class
when get caught
often found guilty
and spend
big time
in jail

noble crooks
from the high end
such as CEOs of global corporations
or bankers at Wall Street
after stealing billions of dollars
when get caught red handed
they
often go free
with a generous reward of big money

the political system of capitalism was smartly created and has been well-established
with the two worst houses of crooks
the Lower House and
the Upper House
full of politicians
legally
voted
to serve the rich

neither the socialists nor the communists could legally beat such a sophisticated system
tis’ the reason why the poor always dreams of being rich

Thao Chuong
2014-03-08



Photography Prints

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/09/2014 - 1:22 PM

From artist Bob Salo’s Book Art Feeds The Senses



Call Waiting…

telephone keeps ringing…
sending desperate echoes into freezing air


to whom is the call directed?

who is unknowingly shattering
perfect moment
O still night

Thao Chuong
2011-09-08




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Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/10/2014 - 12:55 AM

Call Of The Wild


I’ve just heard joyful sounds of noisy Canadian geese
flying back home from warm South

today is sunny
the weather is perfect
too
perfect
for me to keep
my butts glued on a chair
my eyes attached to a flat screen
my mind tangled on a two-dimension cobweb
my heart dragged on an information highway

good bye
my cyber friends
I’m going out to the wild right now


Thao Chuong
2014-03-09

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Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/10/2014 - 2:10 PM

Pavor Nocturnus

the only trace found
in a dark
attic

the forgotten
…frightened and trapped
in its timeless dimension

Thao Chuong
2011-09-07


Sell Art Online

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/10/2014 - 2:17 PM

Sell Art Online



Recall Of Childhood Playground

i was totally free to do whatever i wanted naturally in the good old days

i
ran naked
on bare feet
on muddy streets
under heavy rains
chased and fought with other kids
in the run-‘n-catch games

i
yelled
jiggled
laughed
plunged into the river
under blazing sun

no
more
fun games
in the callous world of adults
full of control from cowardice insecurity
lies, tricks, and deceptions for personal gains
my innocence is lost
my trust is eroded

i would be sent for a psychiatrist’s assessment if i took my clothes off and ran on any city street on any day whether it rains or shines

why is it so wrong in the adult world?

Thao Chuong
2013-09-09

 

Posted by: Viet Tran on 03/11/2014 - 1:29 PM

Sundry Thought

looking at the dragonfly stuck and fighting for her life
on an abandoned
cobweb

I
wonder
if I were her
in that horribly slow death
would I hope for a spider closing his net to end me instantly?

Thao Chuong
2014-03-11

 

Posted by: SAIGON De Manila on 04/20/2014 - 5:23 PM

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 

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