The venerable artist Louise Bourgeois once said, "I am my work. I am not what I am as a person." This identification with one's creative work, one's calling is perhaps the most admirable and profound act an artist or poet can say about his or her being. The love for one's art and the BEING in that art transcends national boundaries, skin color, gender roles, and sexual preference. What remains in the viewer or reader is the "thing of beauty." That is the joy I bring to this world, whether the themes be American, Spanish or Filipino.