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Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian
Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Friday, May 31, 2019

Celebrating Walt Whitman on his 200th Birthday

Collage by Christopher Luna

To Whitman the song of the boys
sounds like a strawberry oboe

            hot boys play at the feet of the old bard
            grass poking their toes as they dance
                        and when they lie in it
            unburdened of their uniforms
            blades tickle their burgeoning testicles
            as the old man
            watches from the porch

            all that is unsettling
            all that is forbidden
            all that liberates instantaneously
            all that brings joy
            or unlocks weary/battered minds                   
            all that I seek to veil/hide
            all that pleases or displeases
            all that incites or provokes
            all that invites further investigation
            all that whispers, caresses, kisses
            all that perplexes or encourages wishes
            all that is human in us – including both the
                        impulse to create and to destroy
            all that I fear
            all that I reject as a matter of principle
            I hereby embrace, forgive, and claim ownership of
            Of these things I sing
            It is these things that are holy

Christopher Luna 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

A Short Poem for Cathleen Luna on Mother's Day

A Short Poem for Cathleen Luna
on Mother's Day 2019

enfolded in her embrace:
of the existence
of unconditional love
& the possibility of evolution 
within a single generation
through sheer force of will

little girl left alone
grows to become
loving mother 
of us all 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Collages by Christopher Luna for Women Warriors at Angst Gallery March 1-23, 2019

"Don't wait." Artist Trading Card by Christopher Luna

Women Warriors Artist Trading Card: Emily Dickinson

Women Warriors ATC: For Aretha (poem by Christopher Luna)

Emergent Goddesses of the Frozen Wood by Christopher Luna

Women Warriors ATC: Jane Bowles by Christopher Luna

Women Warriors ATC: Sylvia Plath by Christopher Luna

Women Warriors ATC: "to speak. YES YES" by Christopher Luna

Women Warriors ATC: Venus by Christopher Luna

Women Warriors at Angst Gallery March 1-23, 2019

Angst Gallery recognizes that women have shaped society in ways for which they are not often enough acknowledged. For the month of March, Angst Gallery will celebrate Women Warriors in all their various incarnations.

Women Warriors at Angst Gallery March 1-23, 2019

Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-4.
Accessible via Niche Wine Bar (1013 Main Street) after 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Women warriors come in all shapes, sizes, and ages: Malala, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Florence Nightingale, Great Aunt Beatrice. So many women inspire us behind the scenes or in the public eye. What makes a woman warrior? Not all heroism involves violence. What drives such acts of heroism? What qualities or circumstances drive women to push back, protect, or change the world? Who are the women in your life who inspire you?

In 2018 the New York Times recognized that they had overlooked many important women in their obituary section and have been working to go back into the archives and feature those who were overlooked.

In Sweden, ancient Viking remains were discovered to actually belong to a female and not a male 100 years after they were found. Sometimes it is our tendency to incorrectly assume that remains from archaeological conform to stereotypical gender roles. What other assumptions have we made in history? What assumptions will be made when looking back 100 years from now?

“Wonder Woman lived: Viking warrior skeleton identified as female, 128 years after its discovery” By Amy Ellis Nutt September 14, 2017

For more information about National Women’s History Month, visit the National Women’s History Alliance website

International Women’s Day is March 8, 2019.

Since its opening in 2008, Angst Gallery has hosted solo and group shows featuring more than 300 local and national artists and cultural events including art shows, musical performances, book launch parties, art talks, classes, workshops, and the monthly Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. More than just a place to show art, Angst Gallery is also a safe space for community discussion, where all people are respected for who they are. We donate the use of the space to organizations that work for human rights and progressive social change.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Christopher Luna on People of Vancouver, WA

Thank you to Emily and Steve of People of Vancouver, WA for interviewing me for their program:



I'd also like to thank Leah Jackson for her many years of support for The Work and Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic. finally, a hearty shout out to those who attended the workshop at Niche that afternoon (and appear briefly in the video): Stella Guillory, Diane Corson, Denise Campbell, Suzanne LaGrande, Robert Syverson, Paula John, Cathie Padgett, Sonja Gellerson, and Bruce Hall.