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Christopher Fox Graham of Sedona
Christopher Fox Graham - the CFG
Christopher Fox Grahamis a Montana-born boy raised in Arizona to be a poet, artist, and singer with unending wanderlust. He's fascinated with art, road maps, Muppets, cartoons, girls, and other shiny things; a good story will keep him captivated and silent as he soaks you in. Born at 6:20 AM on March 12th, CFG is a Pisces with Pisces rising. Thus, he has twice the scoops of passion as the regular brand of Pisces and twice the ego. He loves the feeling of someone else's skin against his.

As shy as the Fox for which he was named, the best way to approach him is with non-threatening gestures, a soft voice, an engrossing anecdote, and maybe a block of cheese, preferably cheddar. He easily and often falls in love and his crushes have been known to last for years. One in particular.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Arizona State University, CFG was a member of the inaugural Flagstaff National Poetry Slam Team that competed at the 2001 National Poetry Slam in Seattle. Since then, he's been the former Slam Master of the Flagstaff Poetry Slam, founder of the Flagstaff Area High School Poetry Slam, two "Zoning-Out in Vegas" Poetry Tours, a co-founder of the 4-person, 3-month long "Save the Male" National Poetry Tour that performed in 26 US States and Canada in Summer 2002, and was a Bout Manager at the 2003 National Poetry Slam in Chicago. He placed 2nd in the 2002 Arizona All-Star Slam, 3rd in 2003, and 4th in 2004, against the 15 best slam poets in the Southwest. CFG was the Grand Slam Champion of the inaugural NORAZ National Poetry Slam Team that competed and placed 24th at the 2004 National Poetry Slam in St. Louis. CFG moved from the Phoenix college town of Tempe to Sedona to avoid prosecution until the statute of limitations expires.

In the meantime, he dedicates a significant portion of his life to running the financial, business, and marketing side of the NORAZ Poets as well as updating the NORAZ Web site.

CFG is performer on a spoken word CD "Sonnets..." with fellow poet and best friend Josh Fleming. He has authored 3 books of poetry, "Just Be", "I've Seen You Naked (Please Don't Call the Police)", and "The Square Root of the Word". He also co-authored the 2001 Flagstaff Slam Team Anthology "NAZ: Northern AriZona" and the 2004 NORAZ Slam Team Anthology "Seldom Silent". He was also featured on the 2004 NORAZ Poetry Grand Slam DVD "Vibrantly Verbal".

You can call him by his full name, or CFG, C-Fox, Christopher Cass, Cif, Cifjah, Ego Christ, Fox, Foxy, Gentle Poet Eyes, GPE, Graham, Ninja Death Monkey, or Topher.

Christopher Fox Graham's LiveJournal.

Manifesto of an Addict
Christopher Fox Graham of SedonaYou see,
I’ve got a problem
I’m addicted to that one thing,
that everything
that true thing
every moment, I’m looking for another fix
wandering from here to there
trying to get another hit,
you see,
I’m addicted
to Humanity
it’s just this power that overwhelms
this power that draws me in
I don’t know what it is
I can’t escape
humanity has me
Every time I kiss a girl
talk to a friend
hear the story of a stranger
I get just that more addicted
and it’s just that much harder to break myself away
when a 75-year-old black man tells me how he earned a viscous scar on his face from a near-lynching in 1952
just outside Birmingham, Alabama
I get more addicted
his story,
human story
draws me in
or when a mother of two tell me what it’s like to explain to her boys
that daddy’s never coming home
because semi-trucks don’t leave survivors
I get more addicted
her story,
human story
draws me in
when an elderly jewish matriarch tells me what it’s like to grow up in a polish concentration camp
to see her family get shot
then rolls up her sleeve to reveal a tattoo of
4 - 7 - 3 - 2 - 8
carved in the flesh of her forearm
her story draws me in
every gesture
every feature
every wrinkle crease earned through survival
draws me in
like a moth to a flame
like a comet to a star
I can’t escape
I tried once
I tried to withdraw once
ever gone through human withdrawal?
I left the world for a day and it almost killed me
I couldn’t function
I couldn’t act
I couldn’t breathe
I couldn’t walk
I couldn’t talk
do you know what it’s like for a poet who cannot talk?
a poet who cannot talk
who cannot write
is dead
I had to come back
my addiction keeps me alive
do you know how easy it is to get this stuff?
they don’t even sell it
hey give it away
I can’t round a corner without getting another hit
and it’s killing me
if I could break this addiction
I could live forever
but what would that life be like
without my humanity?
we’re all made to die
does that mean we’re all addicted?
are you?
I am, and I love my addiction
I want to experience the stories of everyone
because what differs us is just
and space
my addiction comes from wanting to know what other possibilities my soul had before it chose this time
this space
this body to occupy
I want to know!
I want to more and more!
I want to do the lines of every human face
I want to walk the features
memorize the names
live the stories of every human that has ever lived
and I still want more!
I want to feast with Gilgamesh
I want to besiege Troy
I want to drink with Alexander
I want to debate existence with Buddha
I want to walk the halls of Camelot
I want to pray with Mohammad
I want to crusade to the Holy Land
I want to burn with Joan of Arc
I want to ride with Crazy Horse
I want to stand in the streets of Hiroshima with
140-thousand other human beings and feel the skies turn instantly
into the Wrath of God
and I want to sacrifice myself on Calvary
and become your Messiah
because God is the first addict
I love being addicted
even if it’s going to kill me
I ask for more
I beg for more
I would die for more
I would sell my soul for more
but what makes this addiction my curse
is that I’m just one man
and I don’t have much time

Christopher Fox Graham
Copyright © 2001
Amaretto Peach Cheesecake
Christopher Fox Graham of SedonaBASE
3 tablespoon margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup flour

3 pack 8-ounce cream cheese, soften
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoon flour
3 eggs
1 can 16-ounce peach halves, drain
1/4 cup Amaretto

BASE: Beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in egg. Add flour; mix well. Spread dough onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake at 450, 10 minutes.

BODY: Combine cream cheese, sugar and flour, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add peaches and liqueur; mix well.

Pour over crust. Bake at 450, 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250; continue baking 1 hour and 5 minutes. Loosen cake from rim of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Chill. Garnish with toasted almond slices and additional peach slices, if desired.

Finish the bottle of Amaretto.

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