The Blue Mountain Review Issue 8

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Casanova Green The Score What will history say about us in twenty years? Will we wave victory banners high and coo watching the long-departed soldier clutch his bride, dipping her low, kissing her deep in Times Square? Will we be burnt shadows on glowing rubbled walls waiting for radiation to die decades after we have vaporized and those who remain pray cancer kills quickly? Will history before our present be fact mashed murkily into tasty fiction garnished with fear while poems and art are lined black, redacted and gagged, hushed in place of newspeak? Perhaps, history will be gracious: the Union will still stand. I, greyed and wrinkled, will write new words and preach the same Gospel. But the Republic, for which it stands, may be too divided, too fractured, to handle the same heart or the same name. History, you unbiased judge, take pity on our idiocy and do not strike the gavel yet. There is too much yet to be done before the sentence begins.

Casanova Green began singing at a very young age under the training of his mother, the late Evangelist Vonzelia Woods. He began writing songs and poetry at 12 as a way to express his life and communicate with God. He continued his musical pursuits while attending Ohio Northern University participating in many groups and ensembles, creating the outreach group People of Worship, and serving as the Contemporary Worship Leader at St. John’s Evangelical Church (formerly St. John’s United Church of Christ) in Kenton, OH from 2008-2009. After graduating in 2010 with a BA in Language Arts Education and minor in vocal music, he returned to Columbus, OH and resumed his service to his local church, Judah Christian Community. Currently, he serves as the Minister of Music at Judah Christian Community and has ministered locally and abroad in Kenya and the Czech Republic. His debut CD, A Worshiper Mentality, was released internationally by Tate Music Group on January 26, 2016. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. He and his wife currently reside in Reynoldsburg, OH.

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