The marriage of words and images creates a multidimensional experience for the reader, both physical and emotional. As you connect with the visual three dimensional form, you simultaneously align with the feelings that will carry you to a place of being one with the letters and words. A place where there is no separation between poet, artist and you. What you experience through this book is meant to be repeated and appreciated many times. The intent is to provide you a holistic, ongoing moment that will touch on all levels, from the heart of the authors to your heart. The thoughts, emotions and feelings expressed in the words and in the art are there for you to savor and enjoy and share with someone you love, especially yourself. May this book lead you to explore your heart and the depth of your soul, as you let love be the magic that opens the unknown.
As a poet, Richard Cohn is a creative listener with an inner knowing and the ability to see deep inside at things most people never see. His poetry reflects his innocence and benevolent nature in a harmony of creative celebration. And the harmony is more important than the poetry or art on its own. It is a blending, a creation of something new.
Rassouli describes himself as a "madman" who is a drunk, an ogler, and a libertine. His drunkenness comes from within to make him create, because he breaks away from his mind and rational thinking. As an ogler, he looks at places others don't see. This allows him to see through the veil, to see the heart of everything and the pearl that is hidden inside the shell. As a libertine, he is both an iconoclast and a freethinker who is constantly breaking the rules and creating new rules in his artwork.