UCLA Tribute

From Alma Mater Vol. 3: The West: https://www.amazon.com/Alma-Mater-Vol-3-West-ebook/dp/B01CJYOA5A/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Alma+Mater+Vol+3.+The+West&qid=1570660289&sr=8-1

*UCLA*

There’s nothing like the California sunshine to help see the world in a new light,
And wherever there is a face to be found in L.A.,
That light
Is reflected.

On the Pacific Shore are new Sons of Westwood
Who along with daughters have run away from home
And within hours see that they were missing
On a picture of happiness thought to only be captured on the Big Screen.

But no, you’re in it.
And it is inside two girlfriends who stroll the Bruin Walk arm-and-arm,
Both smiling cheek-to-cheek,
They have both landed their dream role in the nation’s top dream school:
It’s the California Dreams.

♫Don’t wake us up…Don’t wake us up if we’re dreaming♫

Just jump in. Pinch yourself if you must, but this is your new home.
Where that reflection never stops shining. Where the sun is timeless and life is golden.
You have made it to UCLA;
And now that you’ve made it…tell yourself that you’re gonna make it.
Now, let’s take it from the top…
This time, say it like you believe it.

***

Scene 1: The City

“I’m Gonna Make It!”

That’s it! That’s how it’s said by the Optimists,
The achievers,
The bohemian weavers who make their own breaks.
Contemporary voices who have earned the Bruin Gold
Then traveled until they went Platinum—
Into the Triangle of Bel-Air, Beverly, and Holmby.
These extensions of the UCLA Campus contain
Mansions with Playboys,
And attractions that appeal to both sexes,
Like a motion picture at Westwood Village,
Or the beachfront where excursions mingle.

This is what they came for.
They who are still seeking who they are and further,
Where they can go.

The scholars, the ballers, the wild spirits and ambitionists
All who, including you, have fallen into these
Palms of L.A….

And in these palms you can see your destiny.

Scene 2: The Grounds

Stand there. Right there. By the Inverted Fountain. Perfect. That’s money.
OK…
Action.

Bruin #1: “This campus is fucking gorgeous. Let’s go for a walk.”
Bruin #2: “I’m already ahead of you.”

And so they went. From this spot of hot springs they indeed took action.
To the Bruin Plaza, where not only the Bear, but concerts are held with the movements of undercurrents that
Nobody can see,
But everybody can feel.
Take notes. And carry them with you to a theatre show or wherever you go:
Through Murphy’s Sculpture Garden where you’ll Unbutton Flowers with Oval Forms,
Until the notes you’ve practiced take you to the Pavilion, and Bruins complete a final test of nerves and spunk at the annual Spring Sing. Put each note to good use. Let the undercurrents crash on the stage…and your reaction dive in the crowd.
Then go crash on The Hill:
The topmost harbor for dialogues as you lie down,
That always come up again the following morning.

Bruin #1: “This day is fucking gorgeous. Want to go for another walk?”
Bruin #2: “Does Franco have a man crush on Rogen?”
Bruin #1: “So that means you’re in?”
Bruin #2: “Not only am I in, but in the words of Rogen to Franco…I’m already behind you.”

Cut.

Scene 3: The Library

This is where it happens. The envisioning prior to the action. The 800-plus student organizations found on campus already displays that Bruins work together, and in Powell we prepare for the classroom, and in the classroom we prepare to take off.

At one point or another, every influential Bruin has stepped inside Powell, to sit down at desks full of fluctuating ideas and press control to make an imprint starting from the desk then circulating to the rest. Prize-winning control freaks like Ralph Bunche who ensured persons of color have control of where they are going, shooting right past where they’ve been. This is where the control keys impressed enough to earn 12 Rhodes Scholarships, the emersion of desalination, stem cells that destroy HIV, the optimism to find the gene that leads to self-esteem…

And the fact that whenever the Internet itself hits “Home…”

It always backspaces to UCLA.

Scene 4: Bruin Café

It is a Friday night and Bruins are enjoying a dinner the quality of which is only found on the UCLA Campus. Four years after packing on the Freshmen 15, senior Bruins sit to share a meal and memories, to discuss the leftovers.

Bruin #1: “What will you remember most?”
Bruin #2: “Everything. The parties, the games, Sunset Strip… the food.”

Bruin #3: “I’m gonna remember the frat parties, and the football games.”
Bruin #4: “Fuck SC.”
The Bruins: “Fuck SC!”
Bruin #5: “I’m gonna remember the girls.”
Bruin #6: “I’m gonna remember the guys.”
Bruin #7: “I’m gonna remember Undie Run.”
The Bruins: “Undie Run!”
Bruin #8: “How awesome was Wednesday?”
Bruin #4: “Bro, You totally went balls out.”
Bruin #5: “Yes, as you and the Instagram world continue to remind me.”
Bruin #7 (To Bruin #8): “What are you gonna remember?”
A brief silence ensues as forks, spoons, and hands continue to appease eager mouths. The Bruin then responds.
Bruin #8: “Tomorrow.”

Scene #5: Graduation – The Pavilion

The world is waiting to be seized. After the formalities and the heartfelt dialogues, with this diploma cut right to the chase.

Scene #6: Bruin Day

At the admissions tent in Bruin Plaza, a future Bruin rings the Victory Bell. He is one of the winners who were admitted to the school that is more applied to than any other. It is the biggest accomplishment in the young Bruin’s life and he then seeks you out for advice. He just asked you what he should do when he arrives at The Hill. How can he be assured that he will find success. As a graduate student who has seen and done it all, deliver the line in a way that tells him that the dream gets even better…but he does have to work to stay in it.

Action.

“At the end of your trip, from the moment you arrive on campus…like the Bruins who came before you…

Follow the Wooden Blocks.”

Fin.

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She & He

*She and He*

She wore a trim pink tank top…
That was the color of her nursery five years ago.
They named her Rachel, and she was the newest of three…a welcomed addition to the
Family.
She holds the brown skin & heart of cinnamon…
Carrying the birthmark of a permanent smile.
Last year she shared her laughter with family and friends, with her dancing rendition of “Billie Jean” at her birthday party.

Today she has medium curls with a yellow ribbon.
To the Bennetts she is Lil Rey-Rey.

Remember the look on Joseph’s face when he unwrapped his Tonka remote-controlled car last Christmas? The Hansons do. He was the boy who lit Christmas. His surprise and animation was a gift they’ll always remember—with or without the aid of their Samsung camcorder.

They named him after his great grandfather Joseph—Lieutenant: 34th Infantry Division.

He has blue eyes and neat blonde hair. He’s wearing a blue polo shirt with playful white stripes along with tartan shorts.

It’s just another day for us as the children gather for this monumental first day in what is to be the rest of their lives.
Come recess, whilst concurrently with so many on this very playground and around the world:
She and He
exchanged stories, joined hands & families:
The very moment that they said,
“Hi.”

You can read the Kirkus Review for Art of Mind III Below:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/original-clyde-aidoo/art-of-mind-iii/

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Scrapbook

*Scrapbook*

Precious carats of time cannot be restored—
Not even by
Chips off the Block.
We can only pick up the scraps
and protect this lasting jewel,
Even when the next generation
Falls Apart.

You can read the Kirkus Review for Art of Mind III Below:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/original-clyde-aidoo/art-of-mind-iii/

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The Inspiration

(From Art of Mind III: The Evolution of a Trilogy”): https://www.amazon.com/Art-Mind-III-Evolution-Trilogy/dp/0615694349/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Art+of+Mind+III+Evolution+of+a+Trilogy&qid=1570016518&s=gateway&sr=8-2

*The Inspiration*

When life hands them lemons,
They make Masterworks.
Days that begin as tomatoes—
They grind into Heinz Field.
You see tomato,
They say tomato—
But they don’t simply say, “tomato,”
but rather, “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

This is a world where everyday
Walks of Life
become
Motion Pictures—
Given the right lens.

How can so many seemingly ordinary days inspire so many proverbs, aphorisms, poems, movies, songs, and
Art
Among So Many People?
It is the different strokes of man that allow aesthetes to paint such pretty pictures. At this instant, the inebriated lovers who strip art from the aesthetes are inspired by all too extraordinary days—
Thus it is their works that engulf art the most.

You can read the Kirkus Review for Art of Mind III Below:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/original-clyde-aidoo/art-of-mind-iii/

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The Inspiration

(From Art of Mind III: The Evolution of a Trilogy”): https://www.amazon.com/Art-Mind-III-Evolution-Trilogy/dp/0615694349/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Art+of+Mind+III+Evolution+of+a+Trilogy&qid=1570016518&s=gateway&sr=8-2

*The Inspiration*

When life hands them lemons,
They make Masterworks.
Days that begin as tomatoes—
They grind into Heinz Field.
You see tomato,
They say tomato—
But they don’t simply say, “tomato,”
but rather, “Fried Green Tomatoes.”

This is a world where everyday
Walks of Life
become
Motion Pictures—
Given the right lens.

How can so many seemingly ordinary days inspire so many proverbs, aphorisms, poems, movies, songs, and
Art
Among So Many People?
It is the different strokes of man that allow aesthetes to paint such pretty pictures. At this instant, the inebriated lovers who strip art from the aesthetes are inspired by all too extraordinary days—
Thus it is their works that engulf art the most.

You can read the Kirkus Review for Art of Mind III Below:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/original-clyde-aidoo/art-of-mind-iii/

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Alma Mater: A Series for the People

Alma Mater is a series that celebrates the universities of the United States through poetry. Kirkus Reviews has described the series as “A thoroughly unique project” with “A variety of delightfully unexpected poetic forms.” I see it as a project that reaches out to millions. Whether college alums, current undergrads, or those who seek to learn more about the country itself or maybe just have a love for poetry. I believe this series has the makings to cross boundaries and go beyond just the genre of poetry.

This series is more than about celebrating life in each of the featured institution. It is about celebrating life itself. Each university covered is but a snapshot of the bigger picture: The capture and embrace of youth, education, beauty, love, and what indeed, what makes each geographic location and specific university special. This is not just a book for college students, and it’s not even just a book for poetry lovers, it is a book for anyone who wants to explore through the eyes of someone else. To see what they see. To live what they live, and to learn more about the human experience as undergone by others around the world.

The final volume of Alma Mater is AVAILABLE NOW! Inside you will find a massive collection of 100 poems celebrating the best universities in the southland. You can preview and purchase Alma Mater Vol. 4 below:

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The New School Tribute

From Alma Mater Vol. 2: The Northeast
Available Now for only 99 cents!

*The New School*

 

It’s a school of punks disturbing the order,

sticking buds to the establishment and sounding off

not to fight no power, but to mix it up and reverse and make

the glaring world spin from the tailors of turntables. Streetcars

of

Desire with souped-up kicks stepping into the flux, Following the Beats.

Following the Beats into this new generation, regenerating a new genesis

of The Fugitive Kind. Sweet Birds of Youth making expressions like an artist at work

with impressions on the design of the face of the hollow times.

Narwhals are a species

that

migrate.

Walking off the district runway and making over the grid.

It’s the cats in Double RLs with the Carolina Wash and classic aviators;

girls wearing Donna Karan with the hip-slung belts,

Vita dresses in the spring.

It’s rockin’ the just-released Sarah Phillips as this studio releases a new line of designers.

Because

before New York was in Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Alexander Wang, and Narciso Rodriguez,

They were all in Parsons.

 

In the rooms of Parsons, changing never goes out of style.

 

This here is the fit for more internationals than anywhere else. These ain’t tourists. These are the new photographers of New York, taking in Manhattan with the most powerful lens and snapping off with a deep focus.

It’s where the avant-garde meets the future and says, “How have you been?”

and the future continues to respond,

“Young gun, what are you up to?”

This joint is Not about Nightingales,

it’s about the Sweet Bird whose vernal voice begins a new day

of fashion…

A makeover of the laid-out schemes

in a takeover of the business with genius in seams.

Playing with creative excess with no

delaying or any recess.

These shows present

The Evidence of Things Not Seen,

Cover models of vantage points with

a whole new look.

The who’s who is at the Fusion Fashion Show,

to see the reveal of another Runway Project…

The show started in 1919,

and these models are still reppin’ out

 

The New School.

 

 

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