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Wayne Wilson is a poet, photographer, and videographer in Austin, Texas. His work primarily tackles issues of social justice, including race, gender, and class, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law enforcement and majority minority communities. While Wilson doesn’t shy away from “tough topics,” nor does he pretend to have the answer. As he says,

“If that was the case, these problems would have been solved a long time ago!”

Rather, he documents what he sees happening in the world around him so that his readers and viewers feel more empowered to ask the big questions.

“I’m not saying how it should be,” he clarifies, “but I am exposing what is.”

Wilson, now 45, came of age in Austin, and Midfland TX. And even early in life he was inspired by the politically-charged hip-hop and rap artists of the day—so-called “conscious hip-hop”—like Public Enemy, The WuTang Clan, and the Hieroglyphics, who openly challenged the dominant cultural, philosophical, and economic consensus.

“They taught me that words have a lot of power,” Wilson says, “and not just the words, but how we say them: what’s the context and scenery in which we encounter them?”

Accordingly, his written and spoken-word poetry both challenge and play with words, leaning heavily on abstract expression and double-entendre.

One of the first attempts at intensional writing was a letter to the editor of the Midland Reporter-Telegram, protesting the use of “fake bombs” in an air show in Midland, Texas at the height of the Gulf War.

“Really?” he asked. “You’re fake-bombing while we’re actually killing people overseas? … That’s when I realized if I had a voice and should use it to make a difference.”

One arena that Wilson hopes to impact significantly is mental health. Since being diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorders, he’s committed his life to “re-branding” societal perceptions of mental illness.

“We’re calling someone mentally ‘ill,’” he says, “but maybe they just don’t think in the way we would like. That doesn’t make them sick.”

Wilson previously published a poetry chapbook entitled Epistles for Love (2005) that borrows from the principles of the I Ching and relates them to his past loves. He is currently at work on a second, as-yet-untitled collection. 
 
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Wayne Wilson is a poet, photographer, and videographer in Austin, Texas. His work primarily tackles issues of social justice, including race, gender, and class, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law enforcement and majority minority communities. While Wilson doesn’t shy away from “tough topics,” nor does he pretend to have the answer. As he says,

“If that was the case, these problems would have been solved a long time ago!”

Rather, he documents what he sees happening in the world around him so that his readers and viewers feel more empowered to ask the big questions.

“I’m not saying how it should be,” he clarifies, “but I am exposing what is.”

Wilson, now 45, came of age in Austin, and Midfland TX. And even early in life he was inspired by the politically-charged hip-hop and rap artists of the day—so-called “conscious hip-hop”—like Public Enemy, The WuTang Clan, and the Hieroglyphics, who openly challenged the dominant cultural, philosophical, and economic consensus.

“They taught me that words have a lot of power,” Wilson says, “and not just the words, but how we say them: what’s the context and scenery in which we encounter them?”

Accordingly, his written and spoken-word poetry both challenge and play with words, leaning heavily on abstract expression and double-entendre.

One of the first attempts at intensional writing was a letter to the editor of the Midland Reporter-Telegram, protesting the use of “fake bombs” in an air show in Midland, Texas at the height of the Gulf War.

“Really?” he asked. “You’re fake-bombing while we’re actually killing people overseas? … That’s when I realized if I had a voice and should use it to make a difference.”

One arena that Wilson hopes to impact significantly is mental health. Since being diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorders, he’s committed his life to “re-branding” societal perceptions of mental illness.

“We’re calling someone mentally ‘ill,’” he says, “but maybe they just don’t think in the way we would like. That doesn’t make them sick.”

Wilson previously published a poetry chapbook entitled Epistles for Love (2005) that borrows from the principles of the I Ching and relates them to his past loves. He is currently at work on a second, as-yet-untitled collection. 
 
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(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCopbprHJpr1NfoHBgm6E8Zg)

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Tiers
POETS 💜
$1 or more per month
poets - get handcrafted poems... about any topic
POETS PIC 📸
$11 or more per month
you’ll receive unique picture with poem ‘engraved’...
POETS VIDEO 🎥
$33 or more per month
you’ll get handcrafted poems... about any topic and custom ‘engraved’ pic... & custom video of performed poem
BLACK UNICORN 🦄
$55 or more per month
you’ll get handcrafted poems... about any topic and custom ‘engraved’pic... & custom video of performed poem... & anything else you damn well please :)...