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|Aaron Johnson of Flagstaff
Aaron Johnson of Flagstaff
Aaron Johnson was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ.
As a young teen, he worked at Arby's. It was here that he saw a lefthander chop off his thumb in a roast beef slicer. Being a lefty too, Aaron was permanently scarred for life and began writing and performing poetry.
Aaron has worked as a street magician, cartoonist, caricature artist, shoe salesman, palm tree trimmer, electrician, painter, sculptor, balloon salesman, bookseller, manager of a dollar store, and lived in Long Days Cafe in Flagstaff. While attending Glendale Community College, he was actively involved with speechwriting and scholastic debate.
In 2001, he ventured to Rome, Italy to perform poetry, and was crowned International Poetry Interpretation Champion. He was then recruited on to Northern Arizona University on a speech and debate scholarship.
Aaron "Lefty" Johnson has been to two NORAZ Grand Slams, a member of the 2005 and 2006 NORAZ Slam teams, and ranked #1 for the 2005 and 2006 slam season.
Adam Rubinstein once said, "Aaron rocked my balls off, then back on again, then off for good that time."
www.myspace.com/rights4lefty or www.rights4lefty.com
I was awaken by the sound of a glass blast
My father, pierced with pieces of beer bottle
Laid in the middle of the floor
In front of his broken bedroom door
By me and my 12 year old sis
Not the only young person that doesn't deserve to see this
The police picked up my mom and pops
over a fight
Concerning how they were going to have sex that night
8am the next day
I am dazed and confused
From the lack of snooze
But I am used to it
I am in art history 101
A slide is being shown
A Cali art gallery space is occupied by artist Chris Burden
Was setup for a violent demonstration
While Vietnam was ending the lives of many men and women
Burden shown that violence
Requires great care and collaboration
At 7:45 pm
was to fire a gun
Grazing Burden's arm
doing little or no harm
But from fifteen feet
that 22 long rifle recoiled
a copper jacket bullet
into Burden's left arm
and the artist's medium
spilled like oil paint from a tube.
This moment was sacrificial
as well as empirical
To put the body at risk
The art critics, who felt drops of red blood
Splash on collared shirts,
Knew they just watched violence
but this time
It wasn't through a TV
or in another country
They were part of a moment.
We ignore violence
whether it's the attack on Iraq
the derailing Amtrak
the plane crash
the shootout over the drug stash
Or the little girls of America
that watch the pool of crimson
expand betond reason
until we've ignore the problem so much
that we are all stained.
Tonight, call someone you love
Tonight, write a love poem or a ballad
Tonight, let's hope everyone in this nation is making love.
The opposite of violence is not peace
Enchilada Pie (The Phoenix Poet Pie)
Â• 10 corn tortillas
Â• 1 pound ground beef
Â• 1/2 large onion, chopped
Â• 1 teaspoon salt
Â• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Â• 1/4 teaspoon oregano
Â• 1/4 teaspoon cumin
Â• 20 oz. enchilada sauce
Â• 8 oz. tomato sauce
Â• 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine beef and onion in skillet and cook until beef is browned. Add spices and sauces; stir until hot. Tear torillas into strips and use some to cover the bottom of a casserole dish. Layer beef mixture and cheese on top, then repeat (tortillas, beef, cheese) to fill up casserole; finish with layer of cheese. Put sour cream on top if desired. Bake 30 minutes. Invite friends over and get them to bring Corona, Tequila, and lime.
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