“Welcome to the beauty and harshness of survival. Using form, astute reflection, and unconventional subject matter, Joshua Gray creates a song that tackles and conquers cancer’s brutality and creates a work that teaches the reader to improvise, overcome, and eventually appreciate the savagery handed to us by not only the human condition but also by biology. This collection is also a testimony of using the arts to persevere to withstand Life’s deepest blows.”
Five years in the making, Symposium chronicles Gray’s fight with Melanoma, and provides readers with some information on one of the world’s deadliest forms of cancer.
Poetry is the oldest form of written language that is still used today. It communicates our strongest emotions and our deepest thoughts. So many people do not read poetry because they do not understand it, but they do not understand it because they do not read it. If you don’t practice piano you won’t be able to play — the same principle applies to poetry. It can open up an entire universe if you only allow it to; it is the divine language.