I started this project with a question: How do we heal from the wounds that sabotage our lives so that we can experience wonder?
I read biographies and took careful notes. I filled shoeboxes with 3” x 5” notecards. I wrote and rewrote. Something wasn’t working. Finally, I had a break through. An epiphany, if you will.
The way I was posing the question forced me to answer it with an either/or. In this way of thinking, wounds became an experience of life that was always bad and wonder became an experience that was always good. Through writing poem after poem, I learned that posing wounds and wonders against each other is actually harmful.
What I learned through this project is that wounds and wonders are a both/and. Wounds are an invitation to enter into the raw and real of human life and then to wait for the wonder.
The poems in this collection will challenge you to face your wounds and experience wonder. If you want to experience life at its greatest depth these poems can point the way.
I need your help to bring this project to life.
I've created a book of poems. This is my very best writing from the last 18 months. I've worked with Caleb Seeling, my faithful editor, in selecting and shaping the very best of what I've written. I'm publishing the book with Steuben Press and I'm grateful for the help of Adam Ellis. I can't wait for you to read these poems.
I've created an album that sets these poems to music. I love what happens when poems are set to music. I've worked with Bryan Hogg, who we call Dobsy, to compose a 17 track album. I worked with Lewis Brown, a local Denver hip-hop artist as well as Matthew Davis and Jenny Lajoye who are Denver based singer songwriters. The Album was mixed and mastered by David Wilton at Coalesce Studios. Creative consulting on the the title and themes of album was done by Tim Coons. As always, Rob Fleming provided invaluable feedback and encouragement and technical skill to this project.
I've created 17 Podcasts that offer further insight and actions challenges to the ideas expressed in each poem. This could never have happened without the editing expertise of Gregg Nordin.
Everything visual from the book, album, podcast, and t-shirt has been artfully designed by Kathryn Nash.
Additionally, Wesley Sam-Bruce has added art pieces as well. I've received invaluable creative feedback from James and Hillary Osbourne, David Burchfield, Luke Jay, Betony Coons, Courtney Wilkinson, Alex Hogg, Aaron Strumpl, Aaron Purdy, Vincent Colbert, and Stacy Fredrickson. The video work created for this project was filmed and edited by Aaron Rodriquez.
This project like every project I've dreamed up since high school could not have come to life without the talented help of Nik Brockman. Nik is my master of implementation and has offered his invaluable wisdom and technical skill at every level of this project.
Thank you for your help!
Purchasing one of the rewards will help me pay for the graphic design, music composition, mixing and mastering, and publishing costs. What I love about Kickstarter is that this project cannot come to life without your support. I cannot thank you enough for believing in me and in this project.
1. + $1,000 (10,500) Gift to the Action Center. The Action Center provides basic human needs and pathways to self-sufficiency for West Denver. I've visited the facility and weekly talk with folks who have benefited from this great non-profit.
2. + $2,500 (12,000) I'll make 2 Videos from this Album
3. + $4,000 (16,000) I'll hire a publicist and have a small book tour
Risks and challenges
This is my third poetry and musical project and I am surrounded by some of the greatest friends anyone could have so there is very little risk involved. The project is nearly complete and the money raised will pay for the album (composition, mixing & mastering) and book (editing, publishing) costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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