RAINBOW C O N N E C T I O N S

I think truth is a rainbow. Yes. They say when you see someone's true colors you're really seeing them. And to see someone's true colors means to see the truth. So truth must be many colors. Don't ya think? 

                                    —my favorite actress, Parker Posey, in Dinner at Fred's

Either The Muppet Show has me thinking about life, or life has me thinking about The Muppet Show.  That’s the way it goes for me, and all of me is in my poems, muppoems.  


TV has told me things my entire life, and my voice instinctively reflects this.  To pull a Whitman, to truly do so, my favorite television show had to be there with me, if even indirectly.  I remember hearing the “Rainbow Connection” in The Muppet Movie for the very first time because I instantly became curious as to what it meant, where exactly it was, and when and how I was going to find it "someday."  


Now, at my life’s mid-point, I determine to create an answer for myself.  I assigned an element and color of the rainbow to correspond with each season of The Muppet Show, and then embarked on writing a piece for every episode. I separated my work into six books:

YELLOW rocks SEASON 1:

 ORANGE wood SEASON 2:

RED fire SEASON 3:
Red Hot Popcorn

BLUE water SEASON 4:


GREEN metal SEASON 5: 


PURPLE wind THE WORKS
 6° (of Separation):

Each poem has its own poetic temperature from the the experiences received after the transmission.  Each is separate, with absolutely nothing to do with each other, or The Muppet Show, or the guest star.  Not really.  Some poets might write a piece after being in a certain setting, and The Muppet Show has continually proven to be a springboard for my imagination.  Just as one need not go to the exact geographical location of the poet to have an understanding of his/her poem's location of creation, one need not watch the show in order to have an understanding of my work.

 

My works has been criticized often for being "too much." I have also been condemned by some as a desperate artist attempting to ride coattails (I'll insert the pun there, thank you very much, Kermie. ::kissy, kissy::) Others have criticized that I am using The Muppet Show as a “shield” to talk about my emotions.  I overcame this criticism after discovering the work of James Joyce and T.S. Eliot.  I realized my work has a very modern edge and it clearly stems from a similar vein, despite my not knowing.  In Graham Robb’s biography of the famed rebel poet, Rimbaud, he notes that "experiments with language are also investigations into the self."  


 


Each poem’s subject matter comes from a feeling about my life and the world that an episode emotes in me, or that I relate back to the show.  The words I use to express myself are often references to the guest star’s work or the show’s content, yet each individual poem is its own island.  What can I say?  I love the variety show format.  The connection thread between all of them is my queer voice.  Essentially, I am dealing with relationship issues within the lenses of life, and as an obsessive person, I cannot express my Self by hiding, or concealing that I have a neurosis from the media.

 

I was a worrywart as a child.  When I got older, it never went away, and like many people, I deal with depression, anxiety, paranoia, shame, and the whole gambit of emotions that cause me to think negatively.  Despite all the things I have to be grateful for, I feel like life has taught me to be fearful.  I don’t know if this will ever go away, but in growing up, I’ve learned coping mechanisms.


 


I’ve met a lot of people, and the majority of which all find the Muppets to bring joy.  Some are scared of them, which I never understood, but do now. Anyway, concerning the majority, I think that is one reason why I’ve always gravitated towards them, and why they found their way to be this writer’s Muses. No matter how dark of a place my mind goes into any of my poems, the Muppets' existence allows me not to lose my sense of humor and/or hope.  The critical part of my brain wants to tell me that the Muppets have given me a false sense of idealism.  Discovering rainbow connections IRL have helped me to remain positive and not give into that sense of doubt.  The Muppets have helped me to believe in a higher interconnected power! That is what serendipity has done for me.  People often ask me, "well what does it mean? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!"  In my past, I used to think that I could interpret the 'signs.'  Now, I know better. 


I have had too many connections to share here on this page, but one universal one that I love to suggest to people to experience 'the experience' is with The Dark Side of the Rainbow phenomenon.  If you play Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with Jim Henson's favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz, starting at the third roar of the MGM lion, you will discover synchronicity (even without smoking marijuana).  


I started this project to find connections within myself, but since then, I have built a stronger belief system in hidden magics.  I have discovered that author, James Redfield, calls the coincidences, "insights."  I then discovered author, Milan Kundera, who calls them "fortuities."  For me, I've always called them "connections."  If by some strange coincidence some one reads a poem and then watches its corresponding episode of The Muppet Show, well I would definitely be curious to hear what type of connections occur for you, dear reader & fellow dreamer. 

 


Frogs & Pigs    Black & White    God & Science
Destiny & Choice    Dreams & Reality 
Poetry & Television

Different things 
belong together. 


To take the advice of Jim Henson and be simple, this project is a collage of love letters to all the museums of music & musicals & manuscripts & movies & multimedias that have played such a huge part in coloring my life.  Fuzziness aside, perhaps one day, just maybe, it may serve as a warning to others on how powerful the media machine truly is, and to bear in mind who has power over its transmissions. 





CONTENTS OUT ON THE TABLE

YELLOW rock SEASON 1:

 ORANGE wood SEASON 2:

RED fire SEASON 3:
Red Hot Popcorn

BLUE water SEASON 4:


GREEN metal SEASON 5: 


PURPLE wind THE WORKS
 6° (of Separation):