At my purest, I’m a writer. I write about everything.
My literary readers, those who favor my poetry and memoir work, they say I take them places with words. They say I make them feel the emotions of my thoughts. To that praise, I offer the ecstatic grateful handshake of a boy who always wanted to be a poet. Thank you.
Others readers, the political junkies and activists who follow my antiwar and anti-corporate politics on The Active Voice, they say I teach them about their world. One woman called the site “a great news source.” I’m honored by this praise and offer a simple monk’s bow — humble thank you. It is my good fortune to serve.
Still other readers are fans of my fictional, Bukowski/Vonnegut alter ego, Tom Hardie. They call me courageous. They say I write the things they can’t afford to scream in the faces of their worthless bosses. They love that I tell off the powerful, that I rage at the rampant stupidity of our culture. This always makes me smile. I sometimes fantasize about a great future generation of young, outspoken, outraged Tom Hardie poets! That would make my life.
Some of my readers are simply amazed that I refer to myself as a poet, especially in my country, the good old USA, a place that doesn’t value poetry much.
How can I tell the world I’m a poet? a shy writer once wrote to me. He was afraid he’d be ridiculed by his friends. He probably would be. I once was. He wrote that I was his favorite poet, alive or dead. I read his email on my iPhone and cried. He asked me for advice. I hid my own poetry for decades for much the same reasons. I didn’t know what to tell him. The best I could reply was, just keep writing.
So, in these blogs, I’m taking my own advice. I’m going to just keep writing on the internet for all to see, create a digital song of my mind as it grapples to make sense of this ever-decaying world of ours.
But I will also teach, report, argue, engage, and build a conversational community that will raise the level of discourse in my little life, maybe, just a little bit. I will follow politics, call out criminals, fight bigots, and write some intense poetry.
I want to share as much of myself as I can, map my mind and my life onto this growing cyber-consciousness. Then when the super computers take over the planet, the cyborg clone of Charles Bivona will be amazingly accurate, and I will be rendered technologically immortal…
I sometimes dabble in comedic sci-fi, too.
I’ve divided my work into three different blogs to accommodate my three different audiences and voices.
Of course, the lines between my three voices will blur and shift often. Many of the political, historical videos and articles I gather on The Active Voice directly inspire my personal journalism and poems, and sometimes — not very often, I swear — a Tom Hardie story is true!
I’ll never tell which posts are factual, but guessing in a comment is always fun, and you never know when I’ll be in a confessional mood.
You can easily access the three websites, and some other fun stuff I’ve done, from the HOME INDEX.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
SUPPORT THIS ART EDUCATION PROJECT
There are several ways you can help me build a community of actively poetic, politically and historically conscious voices, and simultaneously help prevent my future house-lessness.
- Browse my Bargain Book Store .. Yes, it’s an Amazon.com store. Sorry. I haven’t had the time to choose a more politically conscious replacement. Very Sorry! I ::HEART:: Wikileaks! Truth Will Out!
- Browse my Cafe Press Store and buy some merchandise: t-shirts, stickers, even Bodhi Snuggle Cards. This is also a cool way to help me advertise my work.
- You can make a one-time donation and I will praise you poetically on Twitter and Facebook, as well as add your name to the YOU ROCK! Donor’s Page, which I am currently constructing.