Frank Moore’s second book of poetry, the beautiful full-color SKIN PASSION, is jam-packed both with his widely acclaimed poems and with striking reproductions of his oil and digital paintings, which have been exhibited around the U.S. and Canada. Moore’s powerful and inspiring poetry dates from the early 1990s through 2012, while his big, bright oils date back to 1965, when he first started painting in high school with a brush attached to a helmet. His digital paintings date from the mid-’90s, when he started painting with the mouse keys and his head pointer on the computer. The cover art features an arresting blow-up of one of these vibrant rich digital pieces, “Toni”. As Moore wrote for the first edition of Skin Passion: “You don’t even need drugs!” Moore was notorious for exploring and expanding freedom, magic, tribal reality, intimacy and deep human connection beyond the accepted limits, sex and love, play and passion, censorship in all its forms, and exploding the concepts and taboos that fragment and isolate us from each other, from ourselves and from unlimited possibilities. The poems in this collection reflect this full spectrum. Some of his poems have been seen as political, addressing the current state of things, but these pieces always bring the issues of the moment into a universal context (see Boundaries Kill, Locked In/Locked Out and That Goddamn Weed of Life). In the same way, his tribute poems to friends, students, and fellow artists take us deeply through the personal into the essence of being human together. In poems like “Falling Into Skin”, erotic human surrender opens vast intimate worlds within worlds. Many of the poems express this common theme, that everything comes from within the “smallness” of human intimacy and “being enough” for each other. “Within small caves/ of love,/ Personal trust,/ And passion/ Beyond taboo.” (from the poem Fuse). Moore’s paintings take us on the same journey in colorful oils and with digital brush, pulling us into the same smallness: images from childhood, monsters, superheroes, nudes, and even his yearly xmas cards! Moore’s xmas poem is included, “The Season of Hidden Hope”, which was performed for many years on KPFA in Berkeley. Skin Passion also features a number of poems that condense Moore’s basic approach to life and art into a poetic infusion. Poems like Tribal Performance, Art of Reshaping Reality, and River Vision show Moore’s deep and uncompromising vision of human liberation and art as a “battle against fragmentation”. “one of the most heroic poets we’ve been privileged to know.” – Jack Hirschman, poet “Frank, This is a masterpiece! Someone make a giant print of it and put in the museum of modern art immediately.” – Annie Sprinkle re: Frank Moore’s digital painting, “Falling In Love” “Frank Moore’s poetry is a beautiful set of contradictions, full of vulnerability and an irresistible strength, a mixture of frailty and titanium will … a testament by a man not afraid to acknowledge imperfections, both in himself and in the physical world, but still standing by the human soul with an unshakable loyalty.” – Robert L. Penick, Editor Chance Magazine Press “I can’t find words for how deep a level you take the painting art form to. They are so simple, but deep, like a childhood memory. Rough and raw but at the same time erotic and full of love.” – Mickie Monster, artist Sweden “I especially liked your poem ‘That Goddamn Weed of Life’. You have an interesting ability for being tuned into ‘the pulse of the times,’ things that people everywhere are thinking and feeling….” – Joe Verrilli, poet, small press publisher Both editions published by Inter-Relations.