Tuesday, February 10, 2009



LANCELOT from Diminuendo Press (an imprint of Cyberwizard Productions)

“He was the perfect knight, he was the fallen one. He rode to Arthur’s defense, he broke Arthur’s marriage apart. He was noble, kind, and great. He was selfish, foolish, and broken. Who was Lancelot du Lac? Was he a knight of virtue, or a traitor to the crown? He loved a woman, who was queen, but was he a tortured soul in love, or a brazen gigolo who would steal his best friend’s wife? This book is a collection of prose consideration of the man, poetic interpretation of the stories of Lancelot, and artistic renderings of the two very different, yet valid approaches to the story of Lancelot du Lac.”

Two poets, one writer of prose, many fine artists, gathered to create a work that is beautiful, poetic, brutally honest, and romantic about a figure from legend, Sir Lancelot du Lac. It came about at the urgings of a French poet G.F. Evrard that he and I work together. We gathered our friends, some who did the work, others who fell off project, and we produced something unique. With a prose consideration of the history of the character, two poets each writing their views of the character, in poetic form, and color and, black and white illustrations of the poems that round a project into more than poetry, more than art, but something quite different. While the initial work was hard, the real fighter here was the publisher Kelly Christiansen who managed to edit and design a work that featured people from different countries, using three or more languages, and two continents. You might see a sequel to this, if this sells well enough, so if you are interested please plan to buy this book.


Someone I know hates this hates that hates everyone because they do not comply with his sense of normal. What is normal? Is it being white? Is it being straight? Is it being like everybody else? Screw that.

You might disagree with me but I believe God obviously loves diversity because we come in different colors, different sizes, different looks, there is no cookie cutter for human labeled normal. The fact that diversity is the norm suggests that we are made different, unique, beautiful, because that is how it was intended.

And if there were the case that normal is a rule, I'd cut off my arm to be different, because who the hell wants to be the same. If people like being different just to be different, who is harmed by it? I sure am not.

Some point to chaos, and individualism as hurting the core, the masses, the unit of the family and society. Bullshit. We are able to function as a core because individuals constantly test and create new limits.

Is it wrong to be different? Sometimes there is a motive behind being different. Milton said that Satan preferred to rule over hell than serve in heaven, but I suggest it isn't about power this desire to be different and deviation from normal, it is expression of the human spirit. We need those who are different to move us.

Jean Giraud, known as the artist Moebius, one of my heroes, said in an interview that the creative people of society are its true' warriors,' for they create the intellectual debates that help society grow.

In World War II the US government interned all Japanese Americans and their parents. The policy was racist. But it was only after highly creative people such as Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and others stepped forward and illustrated the problem did Americans become moved to change.

Never accept normal as all there is. There is far more.


“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.” Pablo Picasso


Anonymous said...

"The man with a new idea is a crank until the new idea succeeds."

-Mark Twain

alex-ness said...

What about us who are cranks without possessing new ideas?

Michael May said...

Yay! Lancelot!

Do you know when it's coming out?

alex-ness said...

My guess is by May or earlier, but having been in print saying things would happen one time or another and being wrong, I wish to point out that I am making an educated guess.

kurt wilcken said...

A late comment. I'm afraid I haven't been visiting here as often as I'd like. Your comments about being normal reminded me of this quote:

"Roger, have you ever met any normal people? I never have. The so-called normal man is a figment of the imagination; every member of the human race from Jojo the cave man right down to that final culmination of civilization, namely me, has been as eccentric as a pet coon -- once you caught him with his mask off... You try to make the twind 'normal' and you'll simply stunt their growth."

--The Rolling Stones, Robert Heinlein