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By David Wheatley

Writing in Poetry assessment Roddy Lumsden came across reason to compliment David Wheatley’s ‘wilfully striking shape and rampaging vocabulary’, whereas within the TLS Peter examining recommended his technical assets as ‘an unobtrusive excitement to read’. A Nest at the Waves, taking its identify from the folks trust that petrels lay their eggs at sea, ruminates on topics of commute, leave-taking and displacement. From his local County Wicklow in terms of East Yorkshire the place he lives, the poems hint an arc of tours, real or imagined, to Australia, Africa and Antarctica. Migrant employees, migrating birds and nomadic tribes enact anything of the drama of the place domestic will be. From shamanism to the lives of saints, responses to the Donegal gaeltacht and homages to musical heroes (Brad Mehldau, Ali Farka Touré), David Wheatley’s curious, wide-ranging and now frequently open-ended verse provides grounds for Maria Johnston’s statement within the Dublin overview of Books that ‘the experience of probability in Wheatley’s paintings turns out limitless’.

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That is why we say that all Black art, irregardless of any technical requirements, must have three basic characteristics which make it revolutionary. In brief, it must be functional, collective and committing. ” All art reflects the value system from which it comes. For if the artist created only for himself and not for others, he would lock himself up somewhere and paint or write or play just for himself. But he does not do that. On the contrary, he invites us over, even insists that we come to hear him or to see his work; in a word, he expresses a need for our evaluation and/or appreciation and our evaluation cannot be a favorable one if the work of art is not Gist functional, that is, useful.

Energy intensifies. Non-matrixed art forms: Coltrane, Ornette, Sun Ra. More concerned with the vibrations of the Word, than with the Word itself. Like signifying. HISTORY AS UNITARY MYTH (cont’d) James Brown, Bessie Smith Moms Mabley, King Pleasure, Raefilt Johnson. Son House. Louis Armstrong.. . Voodoo again/Ishmael Reed’s Hoodoo. Islamic suffis. Third World’s destiny. The East as the Womb and the Tomb. Fanon’s Third World, Bandung Humanism. Revolution Is the operational mythology. Symbol change.

It is one thing to accept the 8 The Black Aesthetic guiding principles on which the American republic ostensibly was founded; it is quite another thing to accept the prevailing practices which violate those principles. The rebellion in the streets is the black ghetto^s response to the vast distance between the nation’s principles and its prac­ tices. But that rebellion has roots which are deeper than most white people know; it is many-veined, and its blood has been sent pulsating to the very heart of black hfe.

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