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Poet, Writer, Quilter and Storyteller. Coordinator @ the Family Story Project. Editor of KenteCloth: Southwest Voices of the African Diaspora (UNT Press). Winner of The Pushcart Prize for Poetry. Winner of multiple NABJ GRIOT Awards for Radio Commentary. Jas. Mardis is a 2014 Inductee to The Texas Literary Hall of Fame.

Exhibition Closes

Dallas, it is finished…

WRITTEN AND WITNESSED at the fantastic Oak Cliff Cultural Center has closed and we want to THANK Gerardo Robles for his dynamic curatorship and encouragement in pulling our talents into a dialogue on these walls!

Thank you Marion Marshall for being first thru the door on opening night. Thank you Ms. Chesley Ann for being the final show visitor.

Next: Lewisville Library April 1-30, Main Entrance display case (across from restrooms)

For You, (with the unusually extra “h”)

  For You,
(with the unusually extra “h”)

 

Tonight,

I will remember that you first liked my shoes

Before I turned and fell into your young smile

Before the too fast hour of our talking    twisted my tongue

Before you took a sip of water to calm the scratch in your throat

Before …Before ,,,Before …

 

You are too young for the history of the story in meeting you

too freshly faced

standing pat across from my graying façade

your smile sending me over and back again

testing my words in response to your unexpected   ready   banter

 

You are already a carrier of calm    slightly boisterous certainties

and I wonder   just how to justify not asking for more of your time tonight

that sudden peace in your eyes

already   removing me from the restlessness of the week

already  taking me well into a candlelight

that makes staring up at the stars and wishing   pointless

 

I want to remember the surprise of you

want to be careful about leaving you refreshed and waxed aplomb

you are younger than my first born

I discover between laughter and ideas

and it swells my chest that you already know the rhythm of exchange

that your heart is ready to chase in a direct path

that you know the taste of stepping forward

that you allowed me to say

Stay alert

and beautifully awake

and goodbye

Opening: Written & Witnessed

There is so much asleep under a quilt that tells a story — but these will wake you UP.–Viewer

Well, tonight’s exhibition opening Written and Witnessed at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center was EXCELLENT, EXCITING, ENERGIZING and EVENTFUL! I’m amazed that so many new folks found us through the newspaper weekend GUIDE and came thru. So many new friends and so much surprise at the works on display. I’m honored to be a conduit for what The Lord has given me to share.
Thankful beyond measure for my Co-Artist, Andrea Tosten. We are a true dialogue.

Exhibition Award

I received the”Best Fabric Art Award” at tonight’s opening for Lenora Rolla Heritage Museum Exhibition on Migration. It is a fantastic exhibition with a student exhibition upstairs.

My fabric piece is titled, “Get To Harlem, New York NOW!” and features a cutwork tablecloth base with patchwork, image printing, thread painting and leather burnings.

The Iron & Leather Burning piece is titled, “You’re Funny, Mister”.

It was great to see and meet these Artists.