On December 10, 1974, I realized a painting onto which I scratched the word 'FOR' on the bottom because I felt that everything was connected. I felt that I was experiencing an expanded sense of infinity in which everything in the universe was FOR everything else -- and freely given from the heart. FOR seemed to mean FOR US. Then I saw the words FOR IS FORCE FOR US. The Word FOR, when broken down, is a symbol for composition: FEEL-FRAME, ORDER, and RHYTHM. When they join together, I make my art. FOR leads to poetry. FOR is the power behind every poem.
- Martin Johnson and Ray Kass in conversation, Richmond, Virginia, 15 May 2011