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Freelance Poem Writer & German Translator

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Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
Dang Jesse your stuff is powerful, yes I had to read this twice, just to take it all in again, as I built the scenes in my eyes image. My favorite line....religion serves the veins of the are so poetic, nice!
Jesse Friesen - Over 30 days ago
I try to densely populate my poems with philosophical meaning, but it's up to the reader if they care to look for it or not. Much of what I write would be considered too superfluous by many, but I'm alright with that. Thank you for the comment Janet!
Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
Jesse, I so agree with you as my paintings also have philosophical content to which is there for those that see...I greatly appreciate your words for that reason....and there you go again with a jewel..."DENSELY POPULATE my poems with philosophical meaning" wonderful! Jesse, what is your education, you are so prolific?
Jesse Friesen - Over 30 days ago
Yes, that's what I personally love about writing, or painting (even though I don't paint or draw) it just allows for a plethora of expression otherwise silenced in routine conversations. My education is not extensive at all; I only have my high school diploma. I never took an interest in school and instead of reading their books I would read Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Bukowski. I believe that great writing does not have to be taught and is more a result of talent, and I don't care to learn about history or politics in school since I can go to the library anytime and read about it if I am curious.
Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
Jesse, I admire you and understand your development process as I my self have always tried to take my own path with out outside influences which has been a benefit I feel in my own development, I have never taken a painting class, I study the art I like and why it is profound. My mother took from experts and my brother encouraged me to go after my Masters (for security) If we learn from others perceptions, do we tarnish our own purity of originality and smoulder, suppress what we would naturally come up with, All my life people would say, do this, do that, and each time I went with their direction, what was mine did not surface, years of wastage....You on the other hand, have taken your own course and OMG I am amazed at your young strong wisdom and deep talent! That's why I asked, you are a maverick and your own MAN! Much praise to you and don't stop, as you have choose a great path....your rewards may not be of this material world but your soul development is huge! The gift of self.....
Jesse Friesen - Over 30 days ago
Thank you for the encouraging words. I believe that what separates artists in general from those who seem content to not express themselves through either writing or painting, is a difference in objective experience. We can all see that there is a tree, but some can't see the mixing of colours, or can't relate it to anything other than the sound they have given it.."tree". I'm sure you understand the metaphor. As artists, we do see the mingling of colours and can identify a purpose that exceeds our given assumptions. I've just always been confused, just because I am told that something exists as a name, does not mean that my perspective can categorically define it as just that. The explanation of 'god' never was enough for me either, so at a fairly young age I decided to throw out what I am being taught and seek for what I believe will help me with the understanding I was looking for. Now I know less than ever, but yes, as I am sure you know, materials can't speak, just like trees, so I the meaning is arbitrary unless we need it for survival. There is a much greater reward in questioning existence than distracting the mystery with new cars and diamond rings.
Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
Haha, your mind is a refreshing joy Jesse, others truths are not our this we question all. History is through the historians point of view, art history is fascinating as it has depicted the times with out words...The ego is the biggest fallacy of all. I read Sidhartha at an early, whom you remind me of, I question religion, not the existence of the IT. Which no name can capsulate.
Jesse Friesen - Over 30 days ago
I have read that book too, and another great one by Hesse is 'Steppenwolf'. My greatest influences are Nietzsche and a guy who never wrote any books but you can find him on YouTube: U.G. Krishnamurti. They laid out the blueprint for my assumptions regarding what reality might be. Nietzsche made me realize the consequence of humanity perhaps not being the measure of truth, and so all is mere assumption, and ultimately unknowable. Then U.G. basically said that all of our speech is no more important regarding the question of existence than that of a dog barking. We can theorize and make technological advancements, but the truth is never achievable. Anyway, I'm just rambling now, but that's me in a nutshell. So in short, I agree with you.
Art is great for the very reason you mentioned... Because it doesn't have words and so it limits the bias instead of say reading about that event, which brings out your point about history.
Janet Bradley - Over 30 days ago
No, Jesse, you are not rambling, you have great wisdom to share and I love your perspective, similar to mine. Always questioning, remember if you are a seeker you will always be seeking, knowing is knowing what rings true to the heart is not necessarily true for another. I have not read Nietzsche's work or listened to Krishnamurti, Illusions by Richard Bach popped me open at an early age and I pretty much see this world as an illusion of our joint making,