PORTFOLIO: Every word was once a poem

“We are far from having exhausted the significance of the few symbols we use. We can come to use them yet with a terrible simplicity. It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem. Every new relation is a new word. Also, we use defects and deformities to a sacred purpose, so expressing our sense that the evils of the world are such only to the evil eye. In the old mythology, mythologists observe, defects are ascribed to divine natures….”

–Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Poet”

PRINTS FOR PURCHASE

Prints are available for purchase at 5″ x 5″ ($45) and 8″ x 8″ ($75). These images are perfect for homes, studios, office spaces, waiting rooms. Consider a triptych of 5″ x 5″ images at a special price.

CONTACT SCOTT

Address all correspondence to

Professor Scott Bentley
College of Arts, Letters & Social Sciences
Department of English
California State University East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94542-3037



BW-Portrait-200

If you know his number by heart
it's already too late, she said,

in sharkskin with a haircut
that they were undoing...

from "Heat Lightning"

OUT OF HAND
(Parentheses, 1989)