Art and Literature

Entries about creativity in all its forms, plus original creative material.

Poetry of the Sacred 2012 Contest Winning Poems

Winning Poem

Abrahams’ Bargain

By: Anthony A. Lee
Manhattan Beach, California

It was over.
We got up to pay the bill
at the register after breakfast,
(croissants and tea)
in the dark patisserie
on the Niger River
in Mopti, the port town in Mali.
Not a pleasant meal:
we were the only customers.

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Bahais in My Backyard

{josquote}What a pity the Iranians didn't quite get the point of the film, a mockumentary, in which we make fun of ourselves and our theories.{/josquote}

World peace, no less, is what the Bahai faith wants - a widespread and mysterious religion. This is an investigative road movie about a feel-good religion, two overachieving directors, a prophet's great-granddaughter, and a CIA agent. A detective-like quest after the Bahai religion, which originated in Iran some 150 years ago, and ended up building its world center on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, - right in our backyard.

Asaf grew up next to the beautiful Bahai gardens, staring out of his bedroom window when the Bahais excavated the entire Mount Carmel and built a secret underground city. As a grown-up he shared his thoughts and fears with Naama. They joined forces to try and find out what, literally, lies beneath the Bahai Gardens – and document it cinematically.

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I Loved Thy Creation

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This collection of short fiction is woven together by the theme that creation is driven by a pre-existing love of the creature and of the very act of creation itself. The stories in this volume were originally published in the United States and the United Kingdom in such magazines as Analog Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Century, and Interzone. All the stories are speculative in nature, and range from science fiction to fantasy to magic realism. They are bound together by the fact that they contain references to the Faith of Baha’u'llah in the form of inspiration, characters, or themes.

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Caravan From Istanbul gets a Christchurch airing

Photo: Sen McGlinn. Dec 7th, 2011, Sonja with her herd in the Octagon, Dunedin, Aotearoa / New Zealand

On Saturday December 24th starting at 12 midday New Zealand-Dutch artist, Sonja van Kerkhoff will give a herd of origami elephants an airing along the Cashel Street Mall.

Otago Daily Times article, Dec 8th

The performance, “Caravan to Istanbul,” was performed in Istanbul while she was there as one of 8 artists in the New Zealand exhibition, “Te Kore Rongo Hungaora” (Uncontainable second nature), at the international new media festival, ISEA Istanbul.

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The End Times: Last 'Jesus in Montana' for Aspen

Barry Smith performs his one-man show at the Wheeler

Barry Smith does the last valley performance of his one-man, multimedia show “Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult” Thursday at Aspen's Wheeler Opera House.

ASPEN — When you casually mention that you've dwelled in the House of the Lord — and we're not talking about regular attendance at a church where people gather on Sunday mornings to pray, or a metaphorical “dwelling,” as in you follow the dictates of the Holy Book, but have actually been roomies with Mr. Jesus Christ, and maybe at the dinner table once asked J.C. to pass the ketchup — that takes a bit of explaining. And not just a few minutes of offhanded comments. Informing people that you and Christ spent a summer kicking hacky-sack and arguing over house chores takes time and preparation.

“When I talked to people about this experience, there was no short answer,” Barry Smith, who spent the summer of 1993 living with a housemate he believed was Jesus — yes, that Jesus — said. “The answer seemed like it needed to be an hour long. With pictures. And jokes.”

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