Film Courage: You say in literature there are four basic voices or tonalities?
Jack Grapes, Artist, Writer, Author, Instructor: Well five if you count your own voice, your natural speaking voice as a writer. So the other four, there are only four other tonalities in all of western literature. I have a standing offer to any of my students. If they can comb any piece of writing from Homer to the present and find a page or a paragraph or even one sentence that is not one of those four, then I will give them…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
CONNECT WITH JACK GRAPES:
Jack Grapes is an award-winning poet, playwright, actor, teacher, and the editor and publisher of ONTHEBUS, one of the top literary journals in the country. He has won several publishing grants and Fellowships in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s also received nine Artist-in- Residence Grants from the California Arts Council to teach writing in various schools throughout Los Angeles. He is the author of 13 books of poetry, including TREES, COFFEE, AND THE EYES OF DEER, and BREAKING DOWN THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD. A spoken-word CD, Pretend, was recently issued by DePaul University. He is also author of a chapbook of poems and paintings titled AND THE RUNNING FORM, NAKED, BLAKE. His most recent publication is LUCKY FINDS, a boxed set of 50 cards that extend and parody the dynamic artistic productions of high-modernist poets such as Ezra Pound and Charles Olson. For more information on Jack’s classes, please visit here.
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