Clientele: The Literary Arts Community
My First Production
Being A Lyricist Since The Age Of Ten, Prior To 2004 All Of The Written Works In My Creative Portfolio Had Been Musical. But In The Year Of 2004, That All Changed. My God-Given Gift Of The Written Word Had Expanded Into Another Art Form - One Which Stemmed From The Branch Of Literature—Being That Poetry.
My First Production Had Been Sent Unexpectedly As I Sat In My Favorite Recliner Drinking Lemonade And Thinking. It Had Been On A Very Hot Afternoon In The Month Of July When My Hand, As I Like To Say, Started Itching To Write. I Could Just Feel The Mood Coming On. And So, Having All Of My Supplies Within Reach—My Notebook, My Beloved Montblanc Bohème, My Mini Recorder, And Some Chewing Gum—I Began To Doodle, Only Initially At First. But Then I Started Getting Somewhere As The Words Came Into Flow. And When I Realized That The Rhythm Of The Words I Was Writing Had Cruised Along The Lines Of A Poetic Stanza Rather Than A Melodic Lyrical Verse, I Immediately Knew That I Had Been Sent What Would Possibly Be My Very First Work Of Poetry. There Had Been No Orchestration Of Melody In Correspondence To The Words At All. Only The Rhyming Stanza Of Words. The Sketch Was A Work Of Poetry Coming Into Being.
The Production Would Eventually Be Titled Sylvia, In Honor Of My Late Great-Grandmother, Sylvia Hart—The Grand Dame Of The Hart Family.
Titling The Collection
After I Completed The Composition For My 11th Production In October Of 2005, I'd Decided To Give An Identity To The Small Collection Of Works—Knowing At That
Time That There Would Be More To Follow. I Had An Obligation, As A Professional Writer, To Consider The Works Of Poetry In The Exact Same Light As I Do My Song Works: They Would Be Fine Tuned And Undergo The Copyright Process. They Were Not To Be Regarded
As Only A "Hobby", But Rather As A Professional Extension Of My Writing Career. They Would Also Require Their Own Separate House For Issuance Purposes—Quill Pen Ink Publishing—Which Would Not Be Founded Until A Later Date.
It Had Taken Me A Few Months To Come Up With A Catchy Name For The Small Collection. But In March Of 2006, The Title "More Imaginative Than Ordinary Speech" Was Chosen, As Was Its Subtitle, "The Poetry of Cat Ellington".
As A Professional Writer Of Songs, And Also Now Of Poetic Literature, I Am Most Proud To Include The Latter On My Creative Résumé. For It Is A Fun Honor; A Great And Truly Special Addition. And Representative Of This New Contribution Within The Literary Community Is My Freshly Elected Membership To The Academy of American Poets.
As One Who Had Been Born And Raised On Chicago's Southside, I Was Subjected To A Very Unique Environment—One Which Imbedded A Strong Sense Of Self-Awareness And That Of The Social Conscience—Where I Had Learned At A Very Young Age What It Meant To Be An African American In This Society. I Had Gained A Great Understanding Of Who I Was Then, And Who I Am Now—A Black Woman In America. This Reality Doesn't Render Me Any Greater Or Lesser Than My Fellow Human Beings On Earth, But It Does Influence, And Heavily So, What Context Of Witness I Bring Through The Written Word—That Witness Being The African American Experience—Straight From The Mind Of A Black Woman Reared By Chicago's Southside.
The Style In Which I Express Myself, Poetically, Is One Of Appreciable Literary Inspiration. For Much Like Those Great Men And Women Who Are My Songwriting Influences, The Equally Significant Ladies And Gentlemen Who Inspire My Poetry Writing Are Held In A Regard Just As Elevated. These Literary Influences Include: Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Dr. Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, And T S Eliot.
The Final Word
I Am Indeed My Most Unmerciful Critic, But Still I've Hope That When My Productions Are Read In Print, Or Observed Through A Spoken Word Performance, That Those - Not Only Members Of The Literary Arts Community, But Lovers Of Poetry In General - Will Find My Witnesses Enjoyable, Humorous, Educational, Intellectual, Exciting, Awe-Inspiring, And Even Thought Provoking.