Bold, vivid, uncompromising.
In ‘Sacred Secrets Between the Cemetery and the Sea’, Joey labor Luke offers a poetic novella of her life; a magical immersion for the reader within a stranger’s lifetime of experiences. There is something beautifully stark about the simple styling that draws the reader in; a stream of consciousness at work that breeds more than empathy, but builds a true communion between the reader and the heart that penned the words.
In an age where media is everywhere, easy to accept or ignore at just a glance, locating the fresh voices within the chorus is not always an easy task. Indie artists are left to assume that every peer is a potential competitor, but for artists the greatest treasure trove of inspiration rests within the minds of others, not in fear of them. And for those who walk other roads - those not dominated by the arts, the artist’s work can shed light on revelations; heal old wounds and new; bring new appreciation for life and all its complex and secret mysteries.
Reading this work was a pleasure, as a reader and a fellow poet, because I found shards of myself within these pages, found new life in thoughts that I had previously believed were mine and mine alone. This is the great wonder that can come from taking that leap into strange waters, and giving a few of your precious moments to the experience of someone else’s work. Whatever the position we find ourselves in, a few dollars and an hour of our time is never too high a price to pay for the connection that can arise from experiencing the soul of another person through their chosen art. For artists especially, only growth will come from exploring and openly admiring beauty and originality where it emerges. Supporting fellow artists is important not because ‘what goes around comes around’, but because it is simply: Art.
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