May 12–18, 2008: Westley O. Heine and G. David Schwartz

week of May 12-18, 2008

Westley O Heine and G David Schwartz

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Westley O Heine

Bio (auto)

Westley Heine is interested in many art mediums and breaking down the lines separating those mediums Originally a painter, musician, and poet he has moved on to multi-media and mixed media including collage, experimental video, poetry videos, and documentary “There is a thin line between a picture, a word, and a symbol I want to erase that line Paintings can tell a story, or have a definite theorem expressed in them And movies can be more like paintings, and exist to contemplate over rather than tell you what exactly to think line by line ” Westley is reluctant to define his art “Categorizing art and art as entertainment has become part of the problem rather than the resistance against dogma, religious or political I don’t even like the word “art ” The distinction separates it from being just raw human emotion It becomes something to fill the space above the sofa rather than a place that fills our souls ” His themes also blur distinctions between science and religion, good and evil, psychedelic and gothic, Christian and Buddhist “Now is an exciting time for human consciousness Scientists, quantum physicists especially, are beginning to confirm what shamans of all cultures have known for thousands of years The union of the spiritual and the technological will change the world as we know it Hopefully the change comes before the old technology pollutes us from the outside and in ” Collaborating with Israel Alpizar, Westley Heine has interviewed Alex Grey, Daniel Pinchbeck, and many other revolutionaries of consciousness that appear in their films “I’m heading out west soon, and to eventually to Siberia I hope I don’t know what’s next for me, because what really interests me is the unknown “

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by Westley O Heine and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Our landlord

Our landlord is amazing
He’s always in the same clothes
He always has this look on his face like he just smelled something bad
But it’s just because his glasses are too big for his face
And he has to wrinkle his nose to keep them up
He has a cosmic pompadour, with asteroid belts of dandruff

He owns the Greek restaurant below us
The food is amazing, and so is he
He sits in the window of the place with his arms crossed and his head up like stone
When we walk by he comes out asking us questions that he never let’s us answer
When we first moved in he told us how to do the simplest things like how to turn keys, work the blinds, and turn on the stove

He repeats everything twice because he thinks we’re idiots just like him
And the top of one of his ears is cut off
I’m afraid to ask him who did it or how
I’m not afraid of him, I’m just afraid of how long it might take for him to explain
There is no lease, and he prefers to get rent in cash
He’s happy to lie to the gas company for us
I avoid him as much as possible, but I’m glad he’s there
I can’t believe he’s real

G David Schwartz

Bio (auto)

The former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues to write His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book is now in stores or can be ordered.

The following work is Copyright © 2008, and owned by G David Schwartz and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

I Am So Angry

I am so angry that
I think I’ll pull my face off
And throw it at you

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