Soul Search

If I don’t see tangible
results within the
foreseeable future
then I am going to
have to reach into
my past to locate
and point a finger at
a formidable figure
or figurine that is
to blame
for making me
into the damaged goods
that I am
and when I pinpoint
that moment
when I pivoted
or pirouetted
in the wrong direction
I will say, “ah ha!”
and patch up that
gaping hole
in the holistic
hologram of my
and then I will
go get

Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview, and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to make a painting titled Absolut Jenson for the brand’s national ad campaign. His Absolut paintings are in the collection of the Spiritmuseum, the museum of spirits in Stockholm, Sweden. Ivan’s painting of the “Marlboro Man” was collected by the Philip Morris corporation. Ivan was commissioned to paint the final portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes. Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Ivan’s poetry is widely published (with over 500 poems published in the US, the UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan’s poetry was recently published by Hen House Press, titled Media Child and Other Poems, which can be acquired on Amazon. Two new novels by Ivan entitled Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published in hardcover and are available for purchase at bookstores worldwide. His website:

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