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I have my own theories
about the hyperbole
of your hypothesis
and I really want to lose
your findings
mostly because
you go for that
which is photo-realist
while I am more
the abstract expressionist
drunk on shots of my own ego
I am the chain-smoking addict
making history out of my own misery
while you are the disgruntled critic
you see, I just make it happen
no matter how kitsch
scratching the surface of
the insatiable cultural itch
I am the low-blow
to your high-brow pastiche
and since you cannot do it
Discouragement 101
is the only course
you can teach

Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 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 Spiritmusuem, 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 600 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 novels by Ivan entitled Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published in hardcover. Ivan’s new novel, Gypsies of New Rochelle, has been released by Michelkin Publishing. Read Ivan’s novels How to Marry a Superstar and Billie Girl on Wattpad. Ivan’s website is: https://www.ivanjenson.com.

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