It’s somewhat mysterious and yet, always incredibly amazing how the creative, artistic mind works. Such is the case with two highly talented artists – author, poet, and radio host, Justice Clarke of Northern, USA and artist, fashion designer, Joseph Stalnaker of New York City.
Yesterday, neither of these men knew of each other. As an author and fledgling poet with a proposal for a future guest on his show, I suggested Justice Clarke take a look at my nephew’s art website at josephstalnaker.com. Justice is seeking artists, musicians, authors, and poets to interview on his new Internet radio show at Artistfirst.com entitled “The Art of the Artist with Justice Clarke.”
Justice took a look at Joseph’s art, and one of his works inspired a marvelous new poem. It is listed below with the work shown.
I hope you enjoy Justice’s stellar poem and Joseph’s brilliant art, as well as their biographies and other works.
Biography of C. William (Justice) Clarke;
The author C. William Clarke has been working with his imagination since he was a young boy and began writing and illustrating his own original comic book stories at the age of thirteen up until he graduated form high school.
He took a break from this while he majored in Psychology at New York University where he earned his degree . It was there that he learned due to his essays and talks with his professors that he had a knack for writing. He then spent several years working in the mental health field as a drug and alcohol counselor and a clinical therapist. Due to a near fatal car accident,personal hardships, and emotional struggles, he begin to write what he was feeling as a coping mechanism. He wrote his first public poem on Facebook under the trademarked moniker ” Thoughts of a Single Man” in December 2010 and has never stopped.
In 2011 he won the Blood Sweat and Tears poetry slam and began to concentrate on writing his first poetry book. From that time until late 2012 he has written and published six short books, “Thoughts of a Single Man-100 poems in 100 days” , “Thoughts of a Single Man Vol. 2 Poetry for the Grown and Sexy, The Erotica Files”, ” Love Letters”, “Confessions of the Pen”, ” Ink Without Fear” and a men’s mental health guide called” After She Leaves -A healing guide for the suddenly single male.” all of which are available https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Flowetic .
In 2013 he was featured in a poetry collaboration, a individual poem, and a short erotic story in the book “Hot Summer Nights” available through sharesnack.com. He also won the infamous blog radio Poetry After Dark’s ” Battle of the Metaphors” in December of that same year.
In 2014 he was featured in the P.O.E.T anthology, and was one of the four featured poets profiled in Inner Child’s year end review poetry compilation ” The Year of the Poet.” as well as becoming a internet show radio host on the P.O.E.T. talk shoe network.
This year he was also featured in Inner Child’s latest compilation ” Black Males.”. He has released his first poetry /musical Cd this year which can be found on CD baby entitled ” Sounds of a Spoken Soul- a journey in love”. He completed a graphic novel which he is also illustrated this past fall called ” Redemption Alley” which should be available on Amazon by the end of this year.
Most recently he was a former senior executive producer as well as a radio talk show host on the APRI network working alongside blog radio personality Kiler Davenport. He is now working with the acclaimed One Positive Way Radio network as a poetry and talk show host.
Currently he has released an epic compilation of his poetry entitled “Emotions in Ink ” , which is compromised of five chapters of five different styles of his original poetry which spans over five hundred pages available on Amazon.Find him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/justice.clarke.5 and become lost in the endless rivers that flow from C. William Clarke also known as the “Thoughts of a Single Man”.
In the Breath of her Art
by Justice Clarke
Her soul escapes in fragmented slivers
Whispers that slip free in traveled darkness
Where melancholy melodies
Are played on the eternal strings
Of an imagined symphony
Plucked from the teeming chords
That tremble in the torment of her soul
Her passion soars above her
Like reaching arms of rugged caliber
seeking to grace the radiance
Held in the belly of an endless sky
Her sorrow ebbs beneath her
Swimming in the pulse of the shadows
That drown her in their iron existence
Like muddy hands seizing her
In the quick of a sinking velvet swirl
Her madness purged in its perch
There on the mantle of her insanity
Etching minute expanding cracks
Claimed in the mirrors of her genius
As silent screams of her whimsy
Weave their infinite patterns
On the canvas levied in the quiet shatter
Heard in the seascape of the breaking dawn
A moment captured in the sketching diagram
Where her heart surrenders at last
And bows full as the slave to her creative will
And thus she is born again
Thoughts of a Single Man © 2016 tm
Biography of artist, fashion designer, Joseph Stalnaker;
Born: Atlanta, GA
Lives: New York, NY
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY
The Sad Summer Show, Rivington Arms New York, NY
Made in New York Jen Bekman New York, NY
Wingate Memorial Exhibition The University of Alabama Sarah Moody Gallery Tuscaloosa, AL
Compass in Hand Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art Publishing 2009
Models & Rock Stars, V Magazine
Footballfrieze, Sepp Magazine