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I got a scholarship. I received the Jesse H. Jones scholarship that got me through TSU. I had one teacher, Dr. Mary Jordan Atkinson—she was a history teacher and philanthropist—who helped me financially. Dr. Atkinson was the person who pushed me to submit some of my [written] work to the program that was at TSU so far as art, and I ended up—never having competed before—with two pieces of my work accepted as second place. And I had one professor, Dr. Smith, who recognized my poetic potentials enough to [let me]write my oral exam as a poem.

I’m an artist first. And them I’m a writer, and I guess I’m a poet—I can consolidate writer with poet. No one wanted to recognize me as a poet because I was so good as an artist. At that time they could put a label on you, and unless you were strong enough you would submit to that. It ended up that a lot of my time at TSU was what should have been: just treading the water, you know, seeing what all was out there. And thanks to John Biggers, he did not push me to be like John Biggers with his crosshatch. I was in my freshman drawing class and he took me out of my freshman drawing class and put me on a mural—and I thank him for doing that. I didn’t have to do that freshman drawing class because, he said, “You’re already doing the things that I’m teaching in that class. So you get a ladder and get up there.” And he was showing me how artists through the ages have remained artists and still spoke their piece and influenced a whole bunch of people. He was teaching me the philosophy of art. I didn’t know it, but he was teaching me that, rather than simply drawing pictures. He let me have that kind of freedom to express myself and he wanted me to see what it’s like to be up on that ladder, which is an expression, you know.

Looking ahead

I can say what my thoughts are about the future…and I think that sticking to my guns between the writing and the art [is a part of it] and mostly painting and drawing would be the graphic part of it. I feel like I’m going to be successful at [a]late age because I have done something about it with the help of someone who saw some of my work in a book that was done back in the 50s. I’m thinking that I will be successful…I’ll become known, and am becoming known. Then I won’t be surprised if it does happen. I’ll have this experience that got me ready for now—really got me chock-full of things that I want to draw and paint.

Willie Moore was interviewed on June 6 and June 14, 2006. You can listen to the interview here .

The fireplace

By willie moore

Folks go huntin’

’neath th’ harvest moon

T’ get meats f’r their “vittles”

-like possum ’nd coon,

They eat turtle soup, armadillo, dirty rice

shrimp-gumbo ’nd crawdad pies

It’s goulash, frog legs, alligator tail,

Wild goose, turkey, duck ’nd quail!

It’s the taste o’ budan (stuffed in chittlin’)

“Kansas City wrinkles,” ’nd dry-salt middlin’

(A streak o’ fat ’nd a streak o’ lean),

Fried, or boiled in a pot o’ greens,

It’s fresh pig feet, ’nd hog head cheese,

Smoked-jowl-boiled in black-eyed peas,

It’s rabbit stew f’r supper

If th’ fish won’t bite

-’nd “A chicken on Sunday

is a preacher’s delight!”

Now when supper’s over,

They move with haste,

‘cause it’s story tellin’ time...

’Roun’ the ol’ fireplace!

See a rockin’ chair a-stoppin’

(Y’u c’n hear a fallin’ pin)

There sits a little gray man

With beards on h’s chin:

-He’s th’ kind o’ Uncl’ Remus

-He’s th’ master o’ his art

-He’s creator o’ oration

-’nd th’ actor o’ each part!

He goes “Once upon a time…”As th’ tales begin

-It’s t’ giggle n’d t’ sigh

As ya listen t’ h’m “spin,”Y’ forget it’s ‘maginary

When h’s hands start floatin’

’nd conductin’ th’ response

O’ those a listenin’ an’ emotin’

-It’s silhouettes stilled

Afront th’ hearth,-Barefoot chillunSet f’r fear or mirth,

-Inchin’ closer t’ each other

While sittin’ on th’ floor

-gazin’ at th’ old man,

Glancin’ at th’ door.

Comes Aesop’s Fables –

Like th’ Turtle ’nd th’ Hare

Th’ Fox ’nd th’ Cock –

Now get ready for a scare!

It’s a bat zoomin’ down

Or th’ growlin’ grizzly bear -Or an angry “haint”

On th’ loose out there!

“Sshhh—something ‘s movin’ in th’ brush!

Fireflies hide, crickets hush!”

It’s t’ jump when th’ north wind

Whistles through th’ crack

‘caus y’y’r ‘fraid that th’ Booger-Man

‘s tippin’ ‘hind y’r back!

-It’s enough t’ make y’r hair

Stand straight up on ya head –

It’s t’ duck b’neath th’ cover

When ya hop into th’ bed!

It’s morals mixed with pleasant fright,

’nd ghosts still walk on a rainy night!

It’s vast retrospection

(T’ be used f’r prediction)

It’s a whole lot o’ facts –

Mixed in with th’ fiction

It’s t’ read th’ message between th’ lines

Before we make decisions

Discerning truths that at first glance

Escaped our normal vision

It’s a record o’ th’ past

(held fast in rhyme)

By poets, scribes, and sages

From way back when—t’ present time!

Th’ wisdom of the ages!

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
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Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
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da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
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what is a peer
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
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Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
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what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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