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John Lawson

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JK Lawson is a professional artist and poet.
Over the past 25 years his work has been exhibited extensively throughout the USA including the American Visionary Museum in Baltimore, the Californian African American Museum in Los Angelos and this fall The Hebrew Union Collage in New York new York..
He is the author of five books including Now, his first full collection of poems.
His novel, Hurricane Hotel set during Hurricane Katrina has been successfully adapted for the theater with several staged readings both in the USA and UK.
Currently JK is involved in establishing a poets/songwriter residency at the Rame Center for the Arts in Cornwall, U.K.
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Articles by John Lawson

POEM: Demons on the half shell

Saturday, 6 Apr 2019 - And like it or not we continue to drink from the same salted cup Toe tapping perhaps to Lonesome Sundown 

POEM: Skipping with a rope in Pa

Saturday, 24 Nov 2018 - Soft whispers and the cure of moonlight/ Fade into what might have been/ A waking dream foretold perhaps/ Amongst popcorn and a silent movie

POEM: Barefooted Dogs

Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018 - Swaying, barely anchored, I make my way to the bottom pilings of the Mississippi Bridge and begin to climb.

POEM: Without Fingerprints

Saturday, 6 May 2017 - A poem upon the occasion of citizens being arrested for standing in the way of a fracked natural gas pipeline conveying climate change.

POEM: Syria

Saturday, 8 Apr 2017 - In view of Tuesday’s horrific nerve agent attack on civilians in Idib Province and in view of Friday’s missile attack on Syria, we are republishing John Lawson’s poem that we posted in December about the Syrian conflict.

POEM: Anonymous Concrete

Thursday, 2 Feb 2017 - Listen to the flag rope hitting the flagpole no flag is in sight and yet we all wave

POEM: Labor Day

Monday, 5 Sep 2016 - From the artist John K. Lawson, a poem on Labor Day.

POEM: Helicopters

Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 - So what is going to happen Feels beyond our control The great you s of a just won another Olympic gold medal.

POEM: Anonymous concrete

Sunday, 26 Jun 2016 - British-born poet and artist John Lawson expresses his reaction to this week's Brexit vote to have England leave the European Union.

POEM: Ghost Rats

Saturday, 14 May 2016 - A poem written after the Great Barrington annual town meeting that rejected the town's assessment to the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.

Stephen Gerard Dietemann: A poetic architect

Saturday, 19 Mar 2016 - If I had to say what is common to all good art, whether it be architecture, art, cinema, dance, music, or any other form, I’d say it was, finally, the unpredictable.

POEM : Impossible Star

Friday, 15 Jan 2016 - A poem upon the occasion of learning of the death of David Bowie (1947-2016).

POEM: A Map of Sorts

Wednesday, 2 Dec 2015 - A poem, upon hearing of the slaughter at Inland ..... in San Bernardino, California, December 2, 2015

Poem: fossil onlooker

Saturday, 19 Sep 2015 - A poem on behalf of the thousands of Syrian refugees fenced off by razor wire from shelter and refuge.

Poems: In memory of Hurricane Katrina

Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 - The two photographs accompanying these poems were salvaged from my flood destroyed home and studio in New Orleans August 2005.

Poem: Overdose

Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 - The Obama Administration is committing millions of dollars to contend with the prevalence of heroin addiction in New England. The Berkshires are not immune. A poem, here, about what an overdose feels like.

POEM: ‘Delivery Boy’

Monday, 20 Jul 2015 - A meditation, upon hearing that the singer Nick Cave's 15-year-old son, Arthur, died from a fall from a cliff in Brighton, England.