Picasso once said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” In this work, a collection of short poems in a variety of forms that celebrate the arts is presented: poetry, dance, painting, music, sculpture, theater, among others. Feel the dust lift and wings sprout as you read. Dehavni’s poem, ‘An Ode To Poetry,’ uses classical forms to describe the effect of poetry on a normal human—we grow wings, we learn to turn copper into gold. Similarly, Sinicrope’s poem, ‘Musicians pass the art of precise execution that springs wings,’ shows how music teachers teach their art so their students can “slip wings on listeners’ backs.” As if wings weren’t enough—Tatiana Berdennikova shows how an artist turns a blank canvas into a beautiful painting with her poem, ‘The Artist’s Brush.’ Then Negar Gorji weaves a magic spell with her pen in her poem, ‘The Painter.’ She reveals the inner passion, turmoil, and loneliness of the painter’s life. She writes, “Sitting in front of an easel like she’s gonna hug it/ Staring long hours at a picture/ That nobody can see…Still, she keeps painting…” Larry Beck reveals the life of a not unhappy poet…a poet that struggles to write. If only Beck had been able to consult with poet Frosini, who explains the true essence of poetry and the role of darkness in bringing this art form to light. Kuncheria shares a poem which describes an ancient Middle Eastern Dance that came to India by way of the silk route, titled, ‘Margamkali Dance’. A poem by Billsborough shows us how the classics intersect, how art is really one form branching out. He writes, “Which medium we use is interwoven/ With strands of other Arts we know/ We cannot stop the inter-flow/ Of memories and of our learning./ Our path is colored by our aptitude/ Only varied by the outer form permitted by its latitude.” This collection of 48 poems from poets all over the world is a joy to experience. And be sure to read the elegant and engaging Introduction contributed by Daniel Brick. You will not be disappointed.