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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Duncan Tucker 17 December 2017



                   (Duncan Tucker, 1981)


Drawings blanket walls,
Faces plastered, teeth
Receded,
Nails rebuffed,
     -Lessons suspended,
     -Close friends sustained in
     -Solution,
     -Flailing, felled;
Muses ascending,
Illuminated
In sofer's
Transcription,
     -By your rendition,
     -Boys bared Pilgrim souls
     -When cruised in
     -Ninth Circle;
Boots lined corridor,
Jeans gathered at their
Ankles locked
Inside stalls,
     -No soles exposed, just
     -Jewels,...
   

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ken Kosillian and Jim Kessling 6 December 2017



(Ken Kosillian?)


                      (Ken Kosillian, 1982)





                     (Jim Kessling, 1982)




(Jim Kessling, 1982)




Eyes stare unblinking,
Inscrutable, thoughts
Revolve in
Cylinder,
     -Burial shovel
     -Scrapes recalcitrant
     -Crust, working
     -At edges;
Nape warms, shirt's collar
Hedges, throat's downward
Visible
V first play,
           -Clay embedded rock
     -Impedes inroads, each
     -Squelch marking
     -Inch achieved;
Dabs, brushed spots, perceived,
 Rustle canvas flat,
Fluids slosh, 
Rhythmic thrum,
     -Seismic discharge, aged
     -Sediment, levered,
     -Leaving jigged
     -Impressions;
Chest compressions pegged
To tight scrutiny,
Given out,
Taken in,
     -Indentured routine,
-Disentangling a
     -Faceoff with
     -Long held roots;
Compelled engagement,
Equivalent formed
Adam from
Adamah,
     -Ground aggregate raked,
     -Minerals, earth tones
     -Suspended
     -Across field.

19 October 2017

Close apprehended,
Flat circumstance of
Reluctant
Cake batter,
     -Submerged transcendence
     -Shouldered, smooth defaced
     -With wrinkled
     -Outpourings;
Wide-screen replicate,
Stutter redacted
When keeper
Sent on break,
     -Scale leaps, restraining
     -Stanchions, rope toppled,
     -Clarity,
     -To lightness;
Full Cape to mansion
Transmogrified the
Idea
Of shelter,
     -Beethoven delving
     -Silence composes
     -Thunderous
         -Symphony;
Tympanic cadence,
Steady buzz going
Down, massaged
Of message,
     -Surreal Socratic
     -Dialogue floats that
     -Corydon
     -Herds contrails;
Mono lithe, mythos
Antidote, shirt thrown 
On, fingers
Run through hair,
     -Barber ruffled top,
     -Shook out drape, Butt rode
     -Chair back, boy's
     -Eyes twinkled.

9 November 2017 

Shirt off kilter, fence
Post neck embraces
Flower pot
Spider plant,
     -Checkpoint misaligns
     -Features, visor pops
     -CV in
     -Ghost's retreat;
Locked up in masked guise,
Scratching at sutured 
Lines for blood
Coursing through,
     -Husk shattered under
     -Detachment pressure,
     -Embedding
     -Particles;
Muttered appraisal
Broke spell, compelling
Strategic
Scoping out,
     -Clairvoyant, tacking
     -Port resurrected
     -Sail which caught
     -Winds blown past;
Clear-sighted in close
Quarters, jackhammer
Heart rattles
Comportment,
     -Thoughts sewn fast, eyes knot
-Buoy below deck
     -Crow's nest kept
     -Debunking;
Rethinking allowed
Virile conveyance,
Once harbored,
Now floated;
     -What sunk when yellows,
     -Blues washed, flushed in reds,
     -Evincing
     -Engagement. 

6 December 2017



     






     
     
     

     


     
     

Friday, August 4, 2017

Craig Emerson and Harvey Donegan 1 October 2017


(Craig Emerson, 1981)






(Harvey Donegan, 1981)






Decades' creased concerns
Sloughed, thinned hair troubles
Brushed back, seat's
Perspective,
     -Climber scales terrain,
     -Pores tackled often,
     -Shapes, angles,
     -Anecdotes;
Rote aphorisms
Skim, 'We Are Happy
To Serve You,'
Brims poison,
     -Lid popped, straight, charcoal
     -Slid back and forth to
     -Here and now,
     -I accept;
I admit to herd
Mentality, crowns
Royal glass
Sipper lips,
     -Smoker cured, whiskered
     -Lisp, 'Not a problem,'
     -Whispered, parched
     -Recital;
Pitched revival called
Out, step-danced on first
Name basis
Partakers,
     -Sidestepped naysayers,
     -Co-dependent on
     -Horse betting
     -Tea readers;
Purchased western boots,
Grew mustache, blew straw
Men lurching,
Questioned booze,
     -Broke down, stopped cold, black
     -Drained, rappelled strafed cheeks,
     -The furrows
     -Beneath eyes;
I am, we will, said
Into collection
Box, spare change
Passed around,
     -Untangled discards
     -Salvaged, balled up in
     -Pocket of
     -Choir robe;
Penance, sopranos
Paired, dereliction,
Baritone
Soloist,
      -A traditional
-Recitatif round,
     -Male, female
     -Disciples;
Pipes acapella
Brevis, vita purged,
Choir sings
Merci dirge,
     -Organ surged, lyre
     -Plucks from descending
     -Scale, heartstrings
     -Tugged ring bells;
Fling quelled, need blunted,
Hugged, taken in by
Group package
Travelers,
-Fragile passengers,
     -Seats bumped, connections,
     -Lodging, meals
     -Uncertain;
Curtains, yanked past, heal,
Sun confronted washed
Across, held
Out promise,
     -Premise emboldened,
     -Skirted forehead, cheeks,
     -Chin, instilled
     -Sereneness. 

7 September 2017

Vantage collector,
Chinese, Italian,
Back turned, trick,
Bric-a-brac,
     -Profiled, spout protrudes
     -Harvey's mick kettle,
     -Polished black
     -Rendering;
Won't pretend, complaints
Admonished: work, tout
Sweet tea with
Southern drawl,
     -Source red sauced tank tops,
     -Playground demolished
     -Point guards, cleats
     -Chain link hooked;
Rook's trinkets, gleaned mounds
Acquisition forged
Unrestrained,
Arraiment,
     -Deschabille claimant,
     -Gorge on pick-up game's
 -Center skin,
     -Shooting guard;
Thumb rubs, polishes,
Nose inhales, newsprint,
Soil, suitcase,
Persimmon,
-Frisson of brute force,
     -Foes drubbed, co's high fived,
     -Train, bends, shrieks,
     -Curse invoked;
Purser's vowels leak, stall
Seller sighs, frantic
Birds squawk, trucks
Stalled honking,
     -Jocks' balls crushed, mid-thigh
-Gym shorts cut tight, cracks
-Gawked diving
     -For missed shots;
Hot pots hissed fire
Peppers, sweet chillies,
Sesame,
Crispy bites,
-Tested means, Chris's,
     -Bills, meat tastings lead
     -To hunger,
     -Skew'rd entrĂ©e;
Imbued quandary
Of dipping sauces, 
Tongues chasing 
Heat end burned,
     -Lick numbing glazes,
     -Deep breaths in and out,
     -Learn to pace
     -Turn tables;
Unstable dim sum
Dishes tipping course
Of travels
Hand to mouth,
     -Discourse summation:
     -Dimmed lighting, countless 
     -Hands and mouths 
     -Ravaging;
Salvaged potentate
Of urban drab, Yuan
Earned squab, male
Birth control,
     -Bowled, Maidenhair fronds,
     -Regal girth stamping
     -Base metal
     -Currency;
Frequently clamping
Two woodens, mine and
Another's,
Together,
     -Brotherhood sampling
     -Has line snaking down
     -The block in
     -All weather.

1 October 2017




     
(Craig Emerson)
   

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Omar and Mirsad 4 August 2017


(Mirsad and cousin 1983)


(Omar 1982)



(Omar 1982)


(Omar 1983)

A boy among men
In his skivvies watched
City which
Never slept,
     -Super's first born, freed
     -Association,
     -Kid, satyr,
     -Greek, man boy;
Cultures flake off walls,
Scuffed by soles, coat bare
Feet, swept up
In dustpan,
     -Layers peeled back from
     -First light's febrile dreams,
     -Dried slurry
     -Stiffening;
Tethered to boiler
Clicks, trash hauler wails,
Fumes from roach
Spray, PineSol,
     -Cologne, cigarette,
     -Beer head, gathered, bar
     -Congregants'
     -Pitched tones, spun;
Albanian vowels
Bruised, lamb, fowl, stewed, New
York syntax
Chewed, bones gnawed,
     -Meat and potatoes,
     -Blackboard, scoreboard, words
     -Bored home, first
     -Basement, seconds?
Forehead rubbing, robbed
Of anguish, blemish,
Streaking smudge
Souvenir,
     -Skeletal seams braced,
     -Face tapped, fault fractured,
     -Plates shifting
     - Each apart;
Larry's sneakers stride
Basement stairs, stop short
At mailbox,
Pedal off,
     -Posted sentinel's
     -Complicit notice
     -Of comings
     -And going;
Selves sung lockstep, night
Contained voyage out,
Worse for wear
Dodged shipwreck;
     -Comber with keeper's
     -Mien, left behinds
     -Prized, dropped change,
     -Lotto picks;
Triple planes, reversed,
Revered, reverted
To, ticket
Admittance,
     -Omar's collective
     -Breaths, lodged in doorframe,
     -Lessen, held
     -By pupil;
Detached regard, drill
Confident brandish,
Face off brims
Compliant,
     -Crayon charts terrain,
     -Lakes, elevations,
     -Depressions,
     -Thick forest;
Pipe played unravels
Basket sheltered snake,
Tongue flicking
Clench of teeth,
     -Pried off, stowed behind
     -Eyes, trusting child which
     -Coats surly
     -Teenager,
A feathers festooned
Frolic embodied,
Resulting
In stiff neck,
     -Strands fingering tossed
     -Off, brows, nose, mouth slashed,
     -Peacock struts
     -His plumage;
Mounted heads regard
Execution spelled
Out, body
Taken in;
     -Unmoored survivor,
     -Life raft sent adrift,
     -Attuning
     -The distance;
Generated heat
Disperses along,
Between, fuels
Compression,
     -How to hold a hand,
     -(Arms pinned), fingers to
     -Wiggle out,
     -Palm to read;
Sounds recall, squeaking
Cart rolled across, Dior's
Click, child's: 'Hot','
Adult's: '...hand...'
     -Head contoured, edges
     -Squared, light packed into
     -Crayon box,
     -Shadows cross;
Copy Larry, sleeves
Rolled, shirt unbuttoned,
Both hands stuck
In pockets,
     -An American
     -Gothic, pared, cousins,
     -Pruned, their growth
     -Spurts, pitted;
Special treatment shown,
Soccer jersey tugged,
Fingers left
To fidget,
     -You turned thirty-six,
     -Could conjure, exact
     -Defining
     -From within;
Safe to fall, failure
Moment's eclipse, pain
Polar bear
Ocean plunge,
     -Face to sell, hard fought
     -Fix made up, red dots
     -And iced rocks
     -Floating off;
Skeptic of rent-roll
Provenance, neck chained
Reliqu'ry,
Or flipped coins,
     -Black out distractions,
     -Pigment, linseed brushed,
     -Absorbing
     -Eloquence;
Guarded, carded, used
To bargain, win, when
Heated, to
Barge right in,
     -Hands burdened, door kicked,
     -Lights elbowed, things shed
     -Across, oils
     -Taken in;
That, left, launched back to
Father, bent, brother,
Blind, friends' brand
Addictions,
     -Wet board's paint danced, pulled,
     -Piloted over,
     -Unfurled to
     -Partner's lift.
   
  4 August 2017
   


     

Monday, December 5, 2016

Izhar Patkin 23 May 2017






(Izhar Patkin, 1982)

Ghosts, suspended in
Recollections' veil,
Your promise
As painter,
     -The narrative, two
     -Holly Solomon
     -Commissions,
     -SoHo show;
Self-portraits revealed
Across wood stretcher,
Sceptres slick,
Turpentine,
     -Crown of salt crystals,
     -Hardened tears, lodged stones,
     -Hospital
     -I.V. drips;
Diaspora a
Porous room, vigor
Muscling at
Memories,
     -Hand, eyed, circumscribed,
     -Material weight
     -Lifting paint,
     -Atlas shrugged;
Weathered decking sides
Sandbox crossed barefoot,
An outdoor
Shower sprays,
     -Against walls, shower,
     -Tiles, headboards, cupped in
     -White briefs, hand
     -Jobs, smooth ass;
Water spreads, dripping
Between slats, pooling
Reflections
Of sea grass,
     -Friend of, kid, brother,
     -Guy, Puerto Rican,
     -Italian,
     -Norwegian;
Cottage, sea neutered,
Tans, greys; window panes,
Scene numbed, tide's
Slow retreat,
     -Window washer, long
     -Haul trucker, waiter,
     -Fine artist,
     -Grad student;
Doors ajar, sun dried
Swimsuits, towels draped on
Railings, chaise
Lounges, beach chairs,
     -Mark, Anthony, Chris,
     -Robert, Rick, Hector,
     -Keith, Patrick,
     -Phillipe, John;
White sheets tussled, pulled
Up on paired beds, wedged
Into half
Share bedrooms,
     -Bronzed skin tendered, pecs,
     -Abs pulled down, turning
     -Paired quarter
     -Moons rising;
Crystal lined, bottles
Stoppered, monogrammed
Napkins piled
With place mats,
     -Citronella scent,
     -Barbecue smolder,
     -Sunset squeal
     -Of tape deck;
Dragon headed ring
Drifts across outdoor
Pool propelled
By tail winds,
     -Five guys swimsuited,
     -Afternoon challenge:
     -Who makes the
     -Biggest splash?
A pool boy, not gay,
Troubled the waters
With brush trimmed
Telepole,
     -A few of last year's
     -Housemates waited at
     -Sayville's stop,
     -Wine, breads, packed;
Refrigerator,
Emptied out, humming,
Ice maker,
Percussive,
     -Wheelchairs, red wagons,
     -Pushed, pulled along, canes
     -Progressing
     -Down boardwalk;
Phone, ignored, harangues,
Tea dance postcards hang
Around, dunes
Cast, heedless,
     -They sit, contemplate
     -Pool circulation,
     -Divining
     -Its message;
Plainchant rises, voice
Prevails, recedes, bells
Wind chimes, horns
Converging,
     -Paired attendants poised,
     -Anchoring elbows,
     -Transfer to
     -Slippered pointes;
Meat Rack match stick flame,
Comet streak, embers
Ground out,
     -Roars of laughter, eyes,
     -Sapphires, em'ralds
     -Sparkling, they
     -Reminisce;
Forceful hands, (behind),
Shove down, (in front), draw
Forward, hold:
Swallow; gag,
     -Invade Pavilion
     -Tea dance, trio donned
     -Taffeta,
     -Wide-brimmed hats;
Flailing arms, waistbands-
Shorts, underwear- yanked,
Hole fingered,
Spit spread, slammed,
     -Sequenced sashay, boys'
     -Gyrations restrained,
     -Tropical
     -Cocktails plied;
Blind urges spent, slipped
Off, orifice sprawled,
Spilled out, deer,
Hunters, watched,
     -Seasoned disarray,
     -Vintage guise, vantage
     -Guys', hands made
     -Soft made hard;
Hands, extended, held,
Enlisted in rise
Toward fragranced
Fabric clouds,
     -Wards of maids room link,
     -Stagger back, dogs walked,
     -Ferry brings
     -New of plague;
Pool emptied, covered,
Sheets held out, folded,
Stored in drawers,
Curtains spread,
     -Neutral tones, stainless
     -Steel, bleached crepe, sterile,
     -Flimsy drape's
     -Back exposed.

23 May 2017


   
   
















Charles Ludlam 2 February 2017


(Charles Ludlam 1982)


(Charles Ludlam 1984) 

Dramas staged in front,
Words, curds, turds behind,
Rend controlled
Morton Street,
     -Passed father to son,
     -Taste amended Stu,
     -Pot luck Bob,
     -Cock au Van;
Hambone(d) Ham(let) once
Ham fisted cured his
Bacon with
Hard faggots,
     -Mine tried milking cows
     -Until the doing
     -So soured,
     -Not his whey;
Oedi(pull) mined, bore
Bluebeard, w(hore Camille,
Dragged core, showed
More the door,
     -I played a child star,
     -Drank compliments, plied
     -Coffees, sketch
     -Pads, sneakers;
Trawled sideshows, screenplays,
Drawled marionettes,
Hauled school mates
To makeshifts,
     -Followed where lines led,
     -Connected the dots,
     -Steered around
     -Any holes;
Absurd, one over,
Fill-in, extra, 'Screen'
Usurper,
'Hotel'er,
     -Patron impressioned,
     -Practice imprisoned,
     -Rizzoli
     -Palimpsest;
Fire(d) Women, webbed
Fabrications,
Cross-dressing, drunk,
Drugged, pierced, pieced,
     -Agency ad men,
     -Laid men, mailmen, bussed
     -Boys, busted
     -Boys, waiters;
Scored to voice, vowel flow,
Bowels, predilection,
Tied to hand
Outs, jobs, maids,
     -Served by view, plate glass,
     -Guys posed, cruise mode, at
     -Christopher
     -Street exit;
Plot imbedded, lines
Piece goods layered, each
Ad-lib tucked,
Improv plumped,
     -Pencil deployed in
     -Mindless scales distracts
     -From portraits'
     -Progression;
Attention suctioned,
Competitors played
Down, upstaged,
Or sidelined,
     -Bone structures outlined,
     -Musculature bulked
     -Up, seated
     -As breaths draw;
Epic aspic which
Refused to gel, meat
Pieced, greased, float,
Loincloths flashed,
     -Hands deformed, monster
     -Feet hid, shod, crude jabs,
     -Angellic
     -At summit;
I invented me:
Playwrightdirector
Actorprick
Designer,
     -Farmboy, cityboy,
     -Pretty party boy,
     -Arty blond,
     - Witty bombed;
I give myself up,
Enter characters
Of my own
Creation,
     -Hick, itinerant
     -Painter sweet talks farm
     -Boys into
     -Posing nude;
Priest, parishioners,
Rituals rehearsed,
In soulful
Sacrifice,
     -Butterflied, faces
     -Fixed on boards, writhing
     -Concentric
     -Darkened stacks;
Forbidden freak show
Ensemble wrestling
Referee
In caged roles,
     -Placid blue eyes, bald
     -Lies beneath combed strands,
     -Tied in knot,
     -Buttonholed;
Take off your made up
Face, costume, changeling
Sex, fronted
Certitude,
     -The art world love child
     -Pretender, can sell
     -It direct
     -From the can;
Picture frame, in the
Round, box office, grant
Cycles, the
Critics' spin,
     -Pictures, framed, unframed,
     -Hung around, art show
     -Rounds, dealers'
     -Critics' spin;
I observe, eavesdrop,
Take a lot of notes,
Let things dance
Around me,
     -Anatomist, Tulp
     -Like, dissects his Kindt
     -After dance
     -On scaffold;
Tradition gorged on,
Old Fashioned imbibed,
Glutton on
Dining car,
     -Clubcar cosseted
     -Travel through air, no
     -Platform, dive,
     -Gutter breached;
Diving in on stage,
The only place you're
Alive, art
Of body,
     -Charles untied, gay, grey,
     -Sighed, winked, embodied
     -Pimp, taker
     -Of quarters;
Would I want to live
Through a tragedy
Unless it
Were on stage?
     -Closing night, lights turned
     -Low, man in bed holds
     -Hand of a
     -Visitor.


2 February 2017








Sunday, October 30, 2016

Oleg Kerensky 6 December 2016


(Oleg Kerensky 1982) 

Critic takes back seat,
Characters played out,
It works, it
Doesn't: why?
     -Viewer stands in front
     -Of exhibition,
     -The transfer
     -Like, or lost;
Playwright delivers
Plot, acts, characters,
Comedy,
Tragedy,
     -Artist arranges
     -Spacial dimensions,
     -Assembles
     -Supplies;
Characters given
Dialogue, actions,
Stage, sets, lights,
Actors cast,
     -Portrait defined by
     -Medium, surface,
     -Background, pose,
     -Colors, tones;
Actor's fitting with
Character, feeling
Out tongue, words,
Filling shoes,
     -Artist addressing
     -Sitter's skeleton,
     -Muscles strung,
     -Skin encased;
Director engaged
To disentangle
Puppets pulled
Chorus line,
     -Artist blinks, lights up,
     -Steps back sipping cup
     -Of coffee,
     -Considers;
('Anna Pavlova'
With Oleg's scribbled
Inscription
To Paul, Esq.
     -Penned to laser off
     -Myth steeped cataracts
     -Clouding held
     -Perceptions;
Purchased by London
Book dealer, four pounds
Penciled on
Endpaper,
     -Russian parentage,
     -Classical training,
     -Disciplined,
     -Convent life;
First edition, near
Fine condition, marked
Up, thirty
In dollars,
     -Ethereal, poised,
     -Poetic, fragile,
     -Romantic,
     -Hypnotic;
Found, passed around, owned,
Given away, state,
All the world
Is a stage,
     -Justice done to the
     -Side of the stage door,
     -When houselights
     -Have gone down;
Pestered to translate
Death, credentials, steps
Sidewalk danced
To Tea Room,
     -Solidity of
     -View proferred, hairline
     -Cracks bely
     -Vessel tasked;
Filial bloodlines:
Playbills; notes; published
Texts; -gossip;
Policemen,
     -Soliloquy pursed,
     -Part rehearsed in the
     -Rooms women
     -Come and go;
Bridge, lacking partners,
Duplicate 'Gin Game,'
Dual roles
'Round table,
     -This too, too solid
     -Flesh would melt, making
     -Algonquin
     -Dew Drop Inn;
Bridge, traversing from
Spoken storylines
To message
In refrain,
     -Squawking peacock, tips
     -Aflame, his face flushed,
     -Pensive when
     -The light flashed;
Bridge, pressed to label
They buck on stiff necks,
Moon cheeks, kick
Off, elbow,
     -Pyre discovered,
     -Fanned, fierce, nocturnal
     -Emissions
     -Wildfire;
Bridge, build subscriber
Seats, they'll thrust onto
Working class
Bars and streets,
     -View from the bridge, pinched,
     -Measured in lines, leaf
     -Playful when
     -Unfolded.

6 December 2016