"At the heart of this powerful collection of poems and paintings are the stories Simmons tells from his easel with raw, glaring imagery. The bright colors of his collages provide a contrast to the relentlessly grim portrayals of a society where people are jailed at birth," proclaims renowned author, Ishmael Reed.
These poems are heavy with the smell of hands, gospel hands hanging bamboo songs of life. I raise an old glass to a new time as brother Simmons walks us home to our own blood, where we singhands of welcome in the sweet noise of blackness --sonia sanchez
"This should be required reading. Danny Simmons has created the perfect marriage. The paintings are dazzling, wonderfully inventive, and are juxtaposed to street vernacular poetry that is so lyrical I felt like dancing in the paintings." --Renee Cox
Danny Simmons is an accomplished artist, widely exhibited both domestically and internationally and in world-renowned collections including those of Deutsche and Chase banks. An activist and community leader, Simmons serves on the boards of prominent cultural and learning institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Public Library. The acclaimed poet is the co-creator of the award-winning HBO series, Def Poetry Jam and author of the novel, Three Days as the Crow Flies published by Atria Books. Simmons is the owner of both the Rush Gallery in Chelsea, NY and the Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, that exhibit the works and projects from less conventional and under represented artists. Committed to supporting and perpetuating a genuine appreciation for the arts, Danny Simmons founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, along with his brothers; entrepreneur, Russell Simmons and Run DMC s Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons.