I have been taking photos and drawing/painting art and marrying them with my words since I can remember. My sister will remember The Doors pastel mural in my closet with words snaking around a psychedelic rendering of the famous typography of the band (along with a parental-pleasing bong) and lyrics from the band’s evocative, theatrical and delicious catalogue.
There are a few philosophical lines included here with the art, aphorisms that I offer in the spirit of invitation and openness; not dissimilar to the lyrics straggling across my closet walls—and often smudging my clothes—these tiny koans help me navigate the world. Some are included in poems of the past; some might turn up in poems or other writing in the future.
I will also soon include my chapbooks, Elementals: Songs for Gaia and Rock n Roll Hootchy Koo, both of which include images as a way to extrapolate meaning and juxtapose optional visual emotions with the poetry’s sound and sense.
I hope you like my creations. I plan on changing out the offerings in seasonal collections so get this inaugural collection, Harpies & Angels, before it’s gone.
Harpies and angels speak the truth; bet you didn’t know that both have claws. Channel one or the other you’ll be able to take flight. XO PT
10% of proceeds go to social justice organizations: Color of Change and Southern Poverty Law Center.