Every village has the fire starters, the roux makers, the pot stirrers and the servers. To sustain we must eat. To eat we must prepare. To prepare we must know what it is we need.
I come from a village of didactics that met around various fires in Los Angeles, Ca. I have served all of the above positions and mainly now operate as a pot stirrer and server. The village I come from readied me for travels across the country and I have eaten at other tables and I have found comfort in Atlanta, Ga.
While we do have a fine manuscript for direction, “Run Towards Fear: A Poet’s Handbook” written by our elder from the Black Arts Movement, Haki Madhubuti. I recently asked a few art comrades, “what is their responsibility as an artist?” This is their response composed as prose.
My Responsibility to You
This is to you,
from a disposition of utmost sincere expression
The occupancy where colors announce families/ one word at a time
risk taking words that demand / reflection
words that are bold and confront the world
/ stop it from going to sleep.
Yes! From what and who I am today delivering pillars of truth and honesty
for a better me / an honest transparent me / accepting all of me
a perpetual student vulnerable to the cultivation of my own thinking
an informed voice to the mentally blind
agitating synonyms and proposed purpose
and by default /manipulate life.
Inspired by these artists and their below responses:
Tshaka To agitate; the ability to manipulate the word, then in turn by default manipulate life
Spencer To confront fears and insecurities; show vulnerability
Joli To develop my thinking and communication skills; to be an informed voice
Floyd Provide sight to the mentally blind
Sandra You must be a perpetual student in your genre
Mouth Peace To accept all of me
Tam To be honest and transparent
Eryk To be true to what and who I am; to be sincere
Mark To bring truth honesty and entertainment to better someone else.
Judah Be bold; confront
Sage Demand reflection
Max Quoted Salman Rushdie – “…shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”
Cory To be consistent and be a risk taker
Lorenzo Revolutionize thinking one word at a time
PaPa Sak Give to the community my sincere expression