Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

The Lullaby Inside

December 20, 2010

American Arts Quarterly has published my sonnet “Sculpture.” Please click on the link below the poem at the AAQ site to see a website on Judith Scott’s work. Click into the section labeled “Judith’s Artwork”, which includes two minutes from a documentary film about the artist. Below is another very interesting video. Thanks to Meredeth Bergmann for taking the poem.


Le Vieux Moulin

November 14, 2010

on the painting by Soutine

Cerét rolls over on a bed of flame
exposing an inflamed intestine turning
in upon itself. The garden’s burning
and the mill sags fallow on its frame.

Upheaval. Earthquake. A volcanic flow.
The bleeding mansard roof beguiles the plaster.
Permanent mementos of disaster
crack the lacquered surface high and low.

And on the yellow hill a gangling devil
relishes the foliating sky.
Impasto gray and blue surmount the wall,
a broken window taken for an eye.

A wheel unwinds. The leaning block and bevel
slide to the consoling balm of fall.

Museum of Modern Art
New York City

Happy Birthday Arthur Rimbaud

October 20, 2010

Painting by Frank Auerbach

The Crooked Line

July 29, 2010

I think the people who would be the least interested in my work would be people who read lots of comic books.–Harvey Pekar

I recognize this guy
who went to your schools but flopped
at your cocktails. Nobody dropped
his name and you reply,
“He only learned to type”.
All right. But isn’t life
preponderantly rife
with typing? A guttersnipe
in your book, and a lout
in mine with angsty moves
on paper napkins and the grooves
of jazz establishing a route
to penscratch narratives
and all he has to show.
Respect. Because you never know.
All studies are comparative.

Marke that it doth Sucke too Much!

December 4, 2009

Be it Known that Broadside Four of The Flea, a journal compiled by Paul Stephens, formerly of Leeds and Harrogate, late of The Strand and presently engaged in sundry Enterprises in the Colonies, has been brought forthe. Therein, yours truly presenteth “Sticking Point.” But stop not until you Reade entries by Rose Kelleher, Timothy Murphy and other Actors exemplary of our Irish Problem.

Pray, What is the Reason for That?

November 18, 2009

John J. Trause reads from Lewis Carroll’s “You are Old, Father William” (Alice in Wonderland, Chapter V) for Poetry at Tasty Coco on Tuesday.

Number 09/Number 09/Number ’09

September 9, 2009

Tomorrow is a King Size Drag

August 22, 2009

Feeling a bit nostalgic…

July 20, 2009

Statue in Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona

July 8, 2009

parc statue