Are we not all travellers? Navigating our way through life's many channels (hoping not to land up in an oubliette) we find our ports of call in spaces designed by man and nature. Rooms, buildings, roads, and cityscapes and even oceans connect us with those objects, activities and faces that help us re-envision the possibilities of the phenomenon we casually call humanity.
But while we all find ourselves on a journey there are a few of us who dare to partner with a pen and collaborate on mapping our trajectories. This activity of the heart and mind is fraught with danger, as it is ideally a path for self-reflexivity and a questioning of presuppositions and foundations. But the best writers (such as the lady below) know that this is a necessary component of the pleasure we call writing.
And so without further delay, it is my pleasure to introduce (to the handful of you who do not already know this lovely woman) JoAnn Locktov, a shining example of a writer who crusades for all things noble, beautiful and compelling. Her DREAM OF VENICE has reminded us that the city is both a vision in motion and an object of desire never fully possessed.
JoAnn Locktov's essays about Venice offer respite for the reader weary of the typical travel monologue and act as points of departure for understanding the transformative and seductive powers of this city that evokes inquiries of time, place and pleasure.
CLICK BELOW to indulge in her musings and immersion into the details that give Venice its singular beauty
And to become part of the community of Venice-lovers who are dreaming with JoAnn, please visit:
My own journey with this beautiful and energetic muse has been a fantastic voyage. Her words, hypnotizing as they were when I first encountered them (when I was managing editor and senior arts + culture editor at Interiors magazine) speak volumes. When I left my position I was saddened that it was only in my last few weeks that I had encountered her captivating prose. How was it that no one had mentioned this remarkable lady to me? Still, I have been honored to have her support and kind ear ever since. And I am grateful beyond words. Like her creative sister, Saxon Henry, she never ceases to amaze me with her charm, sincerity and support. A wonderful rare bird, indeed.
So when this woman who has adorned her world with all things Venetian decided to bring to life her Dream of Venice I was thrilled. Whether it's the fine essays and excepts from her contributors, or her regular posts on Facebook and Twitter, she is the proprietor of Venetian Dreams-- and in and in this sense the heart and soul of all things beautful, mysterious and often misunderstood in their moodiness...
Again, to Dream of Venice please visit JoAnn at: