iván BRAVE

Writer

If you could, what would you change?

If you could, what would you change?

9 May 2019

I hear Alan Watt’s voice talking about not changing anything, because it is impossible. Maybe the way things are are the way things ought to be. Then, I hear Michael Jackson’s voice saying if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change. Wouldn’t he have […]

On good and evil: a solitary ponder on Good Friday

On good and evil: a solitary ponder on Good Friday

27 April 2019

Today, as I write, is Good Friday. Can we do an hour of meditation on good and evil? Yes. Let’s start one way, turn the other, then conclude somewhere in the middle.   “Good.”   My favorite word is a simple word: good.   I love good, I like good, I need good, I want […]

Your favorite love story is mine too

Your favorite love story is mine too

2 May 2019

There was this badass coworker of mine, a teacher who skedaddled to Hungary last year. We chatted a lot between classes, in the halls of our school. Who knows where he is now (as in, I haven’t messaged him in a while, and he’s probably still modeling three-piece suits on the streets of Budapest, last […]

If the US stopped existing . . .

If the US stopped existing . . .

14 April 2019

America is a pretty important place. And yes I call it America, because that is how I grew up hearing it. I like the name, too, what’s there to say. A-mer-i-ca. Merica. Murica.   If it suddenly stopped existing, which if we believe what anyone says, could be any day now, then I would like […]

On Cheating: a Day’s Meditation and Confession

On Cheating: a Day’s Meditation and Confession

21 March 2019

(art attributed to Gerrel Saunders)   If you don’t count sleeping with someone you shared a bed with before your current girlfriend, then I have never cheated. If you don’t count video sex as intimacy, then I have never cheated. If you don’t count it as cheating when you are single but the other person […]

Where does inspiration come from? (A Lyric)

Where does inspiration come from? (A Lyric)

27 February 2019

A poignant question, and I seem to have but an hour to ponder the thought. Thus I invite you to take your index finger and run it along the cracks of your vanity mirror, get it out of your matrix. This one’s on the penny side to-day. Ride.   Is it fair to call it […]

Artistic Prostitution: the Bottom Line

Artistic Prostitution: the Bottom Line

16 February 2019

This blogger knows he is about to walk through a room cluttered with cliches (ex, “Art for art’s sake,” “Business is an art,” “Selling out,” “Get ya money”), but stepping past each one, eyeing them a second, so as to reach the clear corner of the room, to breathe.   Today’s target vocabulary: Artistic prostitution, […]

A Little Christmas Introspection

A Little Christmas Introspection

29 December 2018

It occurs to me that, were I to exaggerate, I have never needed to write. My writing comes from a place of want. I want to write. The struggle is, in this case, when one wants to write, that the quality of the work comes into question. Wanting, one invests time, writes from desire or […]

You have to be a poet (a proof by mathematical induction)

You have to be a poet (a proof by mathematical induction)

21 November 2018

You have to be a poet to do just about anything.   You have to be a poet to translate another’s words. Only poets care enough about language to clearly convey one person’s thought to a different person’s understanding. Any other type of translator will blur the message. The best translators are then as transparent […]

Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

Distance, a Lyric (trying to make sense of some senselessness)

13 October 2018

“At a distance, you only see my light / Come closer, and know that I am you” RUMI   Distance. Distance. Poem or essay or lyric on Distance. What are your thoughts, philosophical or not, on such a topic?   [Preamble concludes, deflate the diaphragm, let in air.]   That’s all there is between us, […]

Thank you Acentos Review

Thank you Acentos Review

18 August 2018

For publishing the following story: http://www.acentosreview.com/august2018/ivan-brave.html   ∀Dime on quien andas by Letisia Cruz

Stakes

Stakes

31 July 2018

∀ Art by Scott Gustafson ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   Cameron ends her Stakes chapter with a quote from Shakespeare’s character, Polonius: “To thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day. Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Ergo, if you are […]

ESP

ESP

24 July 2018

∀ Who better to symbolize the extrasensory than a writer who wrote extrasensory? JJ. ¶ Prompt from Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write.   ESP: perception (as in telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition) that involves awareness of information about events external to the self not gained through the senses and not deducible from previous experience — […]