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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Roger Trefousse 7 April 2020


          (Roger Trefousse, 11/03/82)



                         (Ben Weber)



Peripatetic
Vocal rebuttals
Disrupted
At midstream,
     -Pretzeled, pathetic,
     -Defensive lineman
     -Doggedly
     -Tightened hole;
Nocturnal debuts
Colloquial strides
Keyed over
Telephone,
     -Diurnal caboose
     -Parochial prey,
     -Narrow guage
     -Discipline;
Autodidactic,
Bare boned, copyist
Dismantled
Components,
     -Tempered scholar, piqued
     -Reproductionist,
     -Glissandoed
     -Ostacles;
Camp anchorite dished
Delectations of
Consummate
Home cooking,
     -Damp Mennonite corked
     -Ladies Parties fizzed
     -Charades for
     -Candidness;
Purveyors foraged,
Exotic spices,
Butcher cuts,
Choicest fruits,
     -Calf love disparaged,
     -Cantaloupes squeezed, plums,
     -Stewed in juice,
     -Swallowed, spit;
One day spent shopping,
Preparing, one day
Spent cooking,
For hour,
     -Hours observing,
     -Sketching, weeks spent brushed
     -Back, finding,
     -For a glance;
Voluptuous soup,
Frisson greens, lardons,
Filet de
Boeuf en croute,
     -Morris Golde grouped,
     -Dickerson, Cooper
     -Cordoned, Rounds
     -Rib cage crushed;
Mindless bagatelle,
Flourished caprice, red
Cabbage sweet,
Sour notes,
     -Chalked breakfast specials,
     -Mascara streaked kid,
     -Belched powdered
     -Sugar knot;
Sublime aroma,
Pinched cumin, curry,
Infused cream,
Chicken broth,
     -Subsumed diner scents,
     -Toast, coffee, bacon
     -Grease rendered
     -Griddle eggs;
Maror undertones,
Bitter chicory,
Wilted, red
Vinegar,
     -Sweet, kettled platter...
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Warren Sonbert film
Composer... emporium...
Theatrical...
cadence... aperture...
...emission...
Chewed over beef bones
Dropped into
Large soup pot,...

Bodega... gossip...
Thanatos...
Stoic...
...cramped...dusty... barely left...
...dingy...crowded...
...the search for lost time...

Two months writing
Two weeks preparing
Playthrough ten minutes...

Didn't believe that you could teach
anyone how to compose...
Encouraging your unconscious mind...
Transparency, lightness, rows

... structure...harmony... technique...
small forces, big sound...
...standing naked at the piano...



(Ancient Greek tangled
Ben Weber, Jackson
Mac Low, K.
Kopelson,...)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Ross Bleckner 2 March 2020


                      (Ross Bleckner, ~1982)

Works of art: signs which
Conveyed ideas,
Symbols for
Actual,
     -Representative,
     -Pigmented shapes, ground's
     -Seminal
     -Cutout lines;
Art is an act of
Consciousness, rather
Than act of it
Expression,
     -The undeciphered
     -Dream jottings read on
     -Therapist's
     -Pristine wall;
An examined life
Contended with skin,
Arena
Its surface,
     -Closely scrutinised
     -Pore arrangement gave
     -Self-conscious
     -Latitude;
Custody of eyes
Prefaced encounter,
Loss recalled
In total,
     -Treachery of dye
     -Permutations in
     -Visible
     -Conveyance;
The frustration of
Loss reconstruction,
Scintilla
Of weather,
     -'Sorrows of Werther'
     -Monochromatic,
     -Alzheimer's
     -Production;
Male kiss talk displaced
Desire to be
Engaged in
Kiss action,
     -Lust mistaken for
     -Idiomatic,
     -Intimate
     -Dialogue;
Console stopped Bach fugue,
Reverberated
Wind carried
Transcription,
     -Bifurcated sock,
     -Buried find, enshrined
     -Painterly
     -Happenstance;
Felt cornered: process
Oriented search
Rolled out, on,
Sanded off,
     -Lauded proficient,
     -Results bore progress,
     -Attested
     -To routine;
Geometrics towed,
White on black on white,
Unfolded
Poutine boats,
     -Neophyte draftsman's
     -Schematic views, which
     -Helmsman had
     -Abandoned;
Bulb scorched exposures,
Light staged, fight or flight,
Talisman
Performance,
     -Reformer's Rorschach
     -Suggestions, oil and
     -Acrylic
     -Crease stand-ins;
Properties leased by
Forlorn dyslexics
In outbacks
Idyllic,
     -Archaic dispatch
     -Marginalised the
     -Warrior
     -Perspective;
Constructions deployed
Spun around axis,
Surmounting
Barriers,
     -Factus detected
     -Through demarcations
     -Configured
     -Influence;
Ramifications
Of pond photographed
On rental
Property,
     -Corner of bedroom
     -Photographed, street light
     -Slanted through
     -Venetians;
Of Joel Shapiro's
House shaped sculptures, stuck-
Inveigled-
Pictographs,
     -Convulsive laughter
     -When intercepted
     -Ducks dropped at
     -Gallery;
Of Housatonic,
Hinterland tuck shop
Consular's
Diary,
     -Punxsutawney Phil's
     -Hallucinated,
     -Pinter prompted
     -Betrayal;
Recirculated
Furniture, ladder,
Dunked outside,
Preemptive,
     -Reconstituted
     -Portraiture, profiles
     -Turned around
     -Redemptive;
Deconstructed bed,
Rectilinear
Successions
Examined,
     -Redirected head
     -Studies exploiting
     -Transfacial
     -Curvature;
Further off processed,
Edge containment sparred
With, knock out
Dynamic,
     -Synthetic booted
     -From apprehended
     -Dodge, brushes
     -Gathered up;
Curves circulated
Confrontation with
Imminent
Erasure,
     -Perambulation's
     -Indelible marks
     -Departure
     -Catalyst;
Head manifested,
By postured suspense,
Surrogate
Stepped away,
     -Eye manufactured,
     -By attention trained
     -From presence,
     -Closing in;
Landscape of the mind,
Etched evocation
Of someone
Forgotten,
     -Grandstand of the posed
     -Memorialised
     -Impingement
     -Cottoned to;
Abstraction flattened
Representation,
Pressured from
Underneath,
     -Introspection reached
     -Laded rendition,
     -Welling up
     -Opened out;
After, pivotal
Stretched marks struck around,
Boxed out of
Ring corners,
     -Resilience out foxed,
     -Unconscious transfixed
     -In earthen
     -Toned pigments;
Black, white, persistent,
Streamed intersections
Brought outward
From inscribed,
     -The weight of the world's
     -Transit of Venus,
     -Visceral
     -Discus hurled;
Rumorous brightening
Stippled backwoods where
Dejected
Sought solace,
     -Tumors lengthened, spread,
     -Radiation zapped,
     -Acquiesced
     -Fetal cline;
Compartmented chinks
Exchanged organic,
Intrusive
Influence,
     -Panel confluence
     -Clunky jiggering
     -Of fatal
     -Concessions;
Imposition of
Staggered weights led to
Animate
Discussion,
     -Posterior glutes
     -Unclenched an obscured,
     -Humanist
     -Rebuttal;
Obsession consumed,
Veiled off, forgotten,
Figmental
Swallow hole,
     -Prevailed over gag
     -Reflex, traumatic
     -Parlayed for
     -Psychic chute;
Mineshaft passage flagged,
Snorting dilated
Squatting legged
Defecant,
     -Boots licked leprechauns
     -Afforded playground
     -On midweek
     -Leather nights;
Praxis splintered on
Canvassed platform, far
Flung districts
Coalesced,
     -Vantage point washed through
     -Perpendiculars
     -Of metal
     -Window gate;
Porous film dissolved,
Evaporating
Immersive
Barriers,
     -Black and white striped shirt
     -Open collar points
     -Delivered
     -With wrinkles;
Sloped stolidity
Enveloped weather,
Conducive
To dolour,
     -Rolled maroon embraced
     -For subdued brightness
     -Precipice
     -Depended;
Grievance in absence
Quelled avoidance of
Colorblind
Concessions,
     -Chiaroscuro
     -Cemented bland, rolled
     -Oat porridge
     -To veneer;
Tenor's diffusive
Quandary conjectured
Avian
Distinction,
     -Flat, conspicuous
     -Brushwork surmounted
     -By fleshtone
     -Comportment;
Chandeliers supplied
Illumination
To fleshed out
Abjection,
     -Incandescent bulbs
     -Strung out disclosure
     -Of benign
     -Enigma.

2 March 2020
 






 






   
   
   
   




   
   
   
   

 






Monday, September 30, 2019

Craig S. 9 November 2019


                          (Craig S., 1982)


                
                         (Craig S., 1983)

Posed portfolio
Shot, head tilted right
Toward knuckles,
Eyes stared out,
     -Blue crew neck- model's
     -Own- forelock twisted,
     -Aide-memoire
     -Tacked to wall;
Photographer, crouched
Behind tripod's lens,
Luminaire
Bracketing,
     -Chin curved out free hand,
     -Hair, sweater, blocked in
     -Black and blue,
     -Eyes studied;
Foreground flash flooded,
Background gaze shouldered,
Pervasive
Crowding out,
     -Eyes, nose, mouth congealed
     -Self-revelation's
     -Simmering
     -Embryo;
Resolute brio
Steadied emulsion's
Revenant
Properties,
     -Caran d'Ache marshes,
     -Jetties, coastline formed
     -Contours in
     -Picture plane;
Perceptions pinned to
Darkroom clothesline a
Voyeur tinged
Placebo,
     -Fingers' grasp allowed
     -Shift, silver record,
     -To powder
     -Concordance;
Posed portfolio
Shot, head straightened, left
Hand grazed chin,
Eyes stared out,
     -Blue crew neck- model's
     -Own- modulated
     -Ground, forelock,
     -Twisted, brown;
Photographer stood
Back, tripod, easel
Framed close-up
Elements,
     -Broad development:
     -Head; chin; neck; collar;
     -Hand; blocked out
     -Feasible;
Flash assaulted eyes,
Stacked canvasses brushed
Back of head,
Wires looped,
     -Desultory blues
     -Coated, incisive
     -Browns, trained through
     -Reds, marooned;
Periorbitals
Funneled ruminant
Basin strained
Of surname,
     -Faint luminesence
     -Dabbed face, birthmark daubed
     -Eye, wiped clean
     -Along throat
Testimony hedged
Insular resolve,
Wariness
Transparent,
     -Binary eyes hived
     -Representation
     -Empathic,
     -Imprisoned;
Third year, fourth portrait,
Watched dissolve before
Propped canvas,
Palette, brush,
     -Revolving lathe whirred,
     -Conspicuous slab
     -Weathered by
     -Oils applied;
Blathered in background,
Butt kept the seat warm,
Pigments danced
Poi ballet,
     -Partitioned plie,
     -Back straightened, elbow
     -Crooked, wrist turns
     -Resilient;
Feather calamus
Suspended barbule
Ferrules, soaked
Droplets spread,
     -Thalamus marbles
     -Registered streaks, rolled
     -Rarified
     -Outpourings;
Likeness imperilled
Life's assuredness,
Prowled canvas
For mirrored,
     -Established shadow,
     -Light; artificial
     -Impastoed:
     -Natural;
Disremembered shot,
Musings melded shock
At sublime
Surveillance,
     -Curatorial
     -Against contrivance,
     -Cause, effect,
     -Recorded.

9 November 2019


(This 'duet' is based on a drawing (1982) and painting (1984) of the top sitter, and two paintings (1983) of the bottom sitter.)




   




 
 





                     

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Patrick Angus 28 September 2019

 
                    (Patrick Angus, 1981)


After Picasso,
Boyfriend, shared living
Space, working
Some odd jobs,
     -Locker fob holder,
     -Crisco provider,
     -All the world's
     -A stage, ...all...
Men merely players,
They have their exits
They have their
Entrances,
     -And one man in his
     -Time plays many parts,
     -Fits and starts,
     -Bleared layers;
Parental liars
Doublespoke from scripts
Approved by
Dr. Spock,
     -Maternal lectured,
     -Fetched stillborn etchings
     -Disfigured
     -By blunt force;
Seppuku tanto,
Forged into forceps,
Extracted
Desire,
     -Erotic brandished,
     -Solitary hands
     -Foraged in
     -Confinement;
Billboard promotions,
Theatre marquees,
Overplayed
Public acts,
     -Overshadowed set
     -Pieces stage crew struck
     -Unveiling
     -Flecked back walls;
Stacked decks of back rooms,
Private flush varnished
Curtained schlong
To full house,
     -Pulls doused bare boards, knees
     -Crawled in spent flannel,
     -Featured stripped,
     -Banal shows;
Lines erased, boards, scraped
Of hog-tied pigment,
Bruised into
Existence,
     -Self-portraits within
     -Bartered mirror stared
     -Down, losing
     -Ligaments;
Covertly observed
Lineaments addressed
Intimate,
Arresting,
     -Narrative viewpoints
     -Of impermanence
     -Redressed their
     -Poverty;
Third wheel punditry
Admitted one to
Proximate
Languishing,
     -Three point turned attack
     -Remitted depths of
     -Orifice
     -Labyrinth;
Scenes postulated
Unsolicited,
Recursive
Banqueting,
     -Brushed innuendo
     -Tempered consummate,
     -And frankly
     -Alluring,
There lived a Santa
Barbarian, who
Longed to blow
Clarions,
     -Engaged in banter
     -With sectarians
     -Taught Greek by
     -Hadrian;
In Apollo's rooms
Aught pedestrian,
Enslaved by
The rhythm,
     -Brought unstoppable,
     -Hedonists groomed to
     -Indenture
     -Their pythons;
Lithesome, inclined toward
Material world,
Where, con freed,
Money talked,
     -Diphthongs declined from
     -Hanky panky screed
     -Denatured
     -Of honey;
Boney placater
Banked on bangathon
War between
Youth and age,
     -Boys do fall in love,
     -Soothsayer's adage,
     -Disparaged
     -Naysayers;
There lived a New York
Artist, alone, drew
Ars longa,
Vie brevis,
     -A limpid martyr
     -To gallerists' views
     -That wagered
     -Dry canvas;
Honestly displayed
Priced out-of-pocket,
Placed at hand,
Out of sight,
     -Heard in dried, downward,
     -Smooth strokes, felt inside
     -Upward twists,
     -Impasto;
Applied impostor,
Insinuating
Dissembler
(Blended in),
     -Covert procuror,
     -Took on bailed out tint
     -For a blind
     -Run through shade;
Sharp edged, amorphous,
Delineated
Sensory
Conditions,
     -Censored existence
     -Published bilingual
     -Dialogue,
     -Narration;
Admission paid to
Walk dioramas,
Corporal
Museum,
     -Purposeful seizures
     -Laid recognition
     -At the feet
     -Of cultured,
Uniform secured
Guarded access to
Wall space punched
On the clock,
     -Leisured accession
     -Afforded Wall Street,
     -And Warhol
     -Denizens;
Show Palace stalls nixed
Gallery stable,
Backroom deals
Darkroom sales,
     -Finessed shots fianced
     -Coterie, tabloid
     -Features to
     -Celluloid;
Deltoids, pectorals,
Abdominals, quads,
Studies made
In Chambers,
     -They never stayed on
     -After favoured, rent
     -Boys, not tricks-
     -Encumbered;
Reveries tucked in
Domestic sphere drew
Out ripened
Meatiness,
     -Masculine resolved
     -In medium, took
     -The hotdog
     -For a roll;
Wiener diary
Shook idolater's
Pose fixed stare
Direction,
     -Protracted eyeballs
     -On eyeballs ruptured
     -Subsurface
     -Ventricle;
Public's fickle itch
Scratched, fiery blood
Sport fanned, twitched
For new schtick,
     -Artists' paintballs shot
     -At canvas, figures
     -Perceived bled
     -Emotions.

28 September 2019
   




 

   








   
   


   


   

 



 
   

   
   
   
   




 
   







 















   
   
   









Thursday, May 16, 2019

John Bernd 26 July 2019


                    (John Bernd, 1981-4?)

An experiment:
What's lost and found when
A life is
Seen portrayed,
     -Exhibitionist:
     -Painting action which
     -Conveyed moves
     -Of dancer;
Improvisation:
Chair, bones, vibrated,
Threnody
Fancier,
     -Impresario:
     -Head, arms, gyrated,
     -Seat of pants
     -Hegemon;
Monologist torch
Sang love, parried with
Death, clung to
Survival,
     -Vivisectionist
     -Deboned conjoined twins,
     -Life/Art, of
     -Artifice;
Somnambulist: a
Meditation on
Directions
Freed movement,
     -Perambulator:
     -Inculcation of
     -Linear
     -Narrative;
Horticulturist:
Propagated a
Personal
Landscape's view,
     -Caricaturist
     -Not, attempted an
     -Authentic
     -Perspective;
Parenthetical
Collaborator
Pulled inside,
Pushed away,
     -Serendipitous
     -Chalk marked, preemptor
     -Of lockdown
     -Strategy;
Ceremonial
Elaborator,
Chanted each
Tap danced step,
     -Inconsequential
     -Confabulator,
     -Recanted
     -Sounding board;
Untoward maniac
Jumped, calisthenics
Productive
Launching pad,
     -Brainiac contoured
     -Aesthetically
     -Elective
     -Punching bag;
Two of the loose-limbed
Protrusions employed
Gut wrenching
Catapults,
     -The arcane practice
     -Reticulated
     -A crocheted
     -Loggerhead;
Hogshead ricocheted,
Blindly carted down
ShopRite aisles
To dive bar,
     -Blue pastel waxed bars
     -Intruded head's hair
     -Imparted
     -On zigzag;
Big haired boys in drag
Live to offer up
Somethings for
Some people,
     -So simple sometimes,
     -Predilection toward
     -Costumed: boot
     -Cut, straight leg;
Brick housed, bare chested,
Flags spun on dance floor,
Fleet footed
Incarnate,
     -Orange poised, run down
     -Jaw's, neck's axis, whisked
     -Across eyes,
     -Streaking nose;
B-boy broke toprock,
Dropped handstand, windmill,
V-kicked freeze,
Yoked robot,
     -Wheeled firecracker
     -Ingredients from
     -Exploded
     -Cylinders;
Die Viennese valse,
Pardners do-si-do,
The center
Cannot hold,
     -Garnered cojones squeezed
     -Sliced centripetal
     -Basketballs
     -Through the net;
Movement opened to
Dancing around a
Pole, toeing
The line formed,
     -Hewing to profound
     -Geometrics, flat
      -Evinced depth,
      -Drawn around.

26 July 2019





   



   


   


 












 
   


   
 

   

   



   
   

   























Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Unknown 27 May 2019




                     (Unknown, ~1981-3)


Forgotten face chose
Favourite plaid shirt,
Fresh from the
Wash and fold,
     -Usual features,
     -Centered view, Peter,
     -Duncan, Jim,
     -Staring off;
Showered just before,
Dabbed cologne, brushed teeth,
Changed from jeans
To khakis,
     -Took a stab at head,
     -Neck lines, retouching
     -Pristine face
     -Deflowered;
Unfolded village
Track lines, subway stops,
Sheridan
Square, West 4th,
     -Reoriented
     -Collar, uprooted
     -Placket, stripes
     -Decoupled;
Debated sneakers,
Shoes, perfect weather
To walk through
The village,
     -Walked around paper
     -Excising limbs, trunk:
     -Circumvent
     -Pedestal;
A Gotham Book Mart
Reading happenstance,
Backed against
An artist,
     -Cradled recumbent
     -'Til smart look preppy,
     -Loosened up,
     -Propped on chair;
Scooched down to retrieve
Dropped book, unprepared
When standing
Unbalanced,
     -Back bolstered hinted
     -Resemblance, tore off
     -A scribbled
     -Phone number;
Dissembled turn on
At invitation
To pose in
Studio,
     -Stammered message on
     -Machine replayed an
     -Out-of-breath
     -Neophyte;
Triple checked details
On voicemail, night,
Address, (his
'Look forward...'),
     -Arts scenes afforded
     -Fresh models, friends' friends,
     -Bar tricks, the
     -More mature;
Legendary cool
Cavorted in stride
Jazzed village
Regulars,
     -Hedged consequences
     -With brewed regulars,
     -Company
     -Of yes-men;
Backpacker's dopp kit
Contingencies weighed,
Ballast from
Indulgence,
     -Crayoned dispersal
     -Made catalyst for
     -Decisions
     -On the fly;
Industrial fan
Deep fried, screen door sweets,
Wedged, oak door
Barbecue,
     -Turpentine soaked boar,
     -Oiled rags deprived air,
     -Acrylic
     -Reckonings;
Convoluted pitch,
Caribbean skank
Music, slam
Of cab door,
     -Drunk serenaded
     -Boys, dealer cajoled,
     -'Smoke, X, K,'
     -Whoosh in pipes;
Cheeks flushed, sweat rolled from
Armpits, soaked waistband,
Fingers, left
Sticky, wiped,
     -Prickly heat nettled,
     -Confinement staved off
     -Gallerist
     -Effacement;
Philtrum salt licked, skies
Menaced, replete with
Metallic
Downpourings,
     -Acidic, caffeine
     -Fix, penance for sweet,
     -Distilled malt
     -On the rocks;
On the block, tissues
Mopped pedantic gaze
Ivy League
Placarded,
     -Facile discarded,
     -Facial studied hard
     -With velvet
     -Wherewithal;
Descended to sub
Chamber, surveyed for
Jamesian
Fracture lines,
     -Features, abstracted
     -Marks, spatially placed:
     -Eyes; nose; mouth;
     -Sees; breathes; talks;
Worked casually
From across the room,
Looked up and
Registered,
     -Accredited hand,
     -Struck, carried the line,
     -Or borrowed
     -Suggested;
Felt ingested whole,
Concerned about the
End product,
Aftertaste,
     -Comprehended through
     -Artist's altered state
     -What sought to
     -Be derived;
Buried secrets which
Worry inflicted
As lines drawn
Around eyes,
     -Furrowed inroads, and
     -Sandpapered surface
     -Figured in
     -Assertions;
Spared lacerations,
When digging beneath
Progressed toward
A portrait,
     -Scratched saturations
     -Sent fireworks of
     -Blues and greens
     -Into ground.

27 May 2019






 
   




 
   









Monday, February 18, 2019

Richie 19 March 2019


                          (Richie, 1982)

Richie, latchkey spawned
On Uncle Charlie's
Downtown so primed
Toilet seat,
     -Serviette holder,
     -Approached from under
     -Ware, supplied
     -His asset;
Virtual mascot,
Voice heralded each
Regular's
Arrival;
     -Drawn, pictorial
     -Facet, jacketed
     -Shoulders, Puck
     -Derived head;
Break-up survivor,
Bar constellations
Blanketed
By exes,
     -Glare remonstrated,
     -Consternation trounced
     -Once focus
     -Turned aside;
Monster cormed crocus
Inseminated,
Telescoped
Conjunction,
     -Markings conjectured
     -Untamed sacrilege
     -Which rebuffed
     -Yarmulke;
One-trick pony fluffed,
Flicking dharma of
Potty mouth
Tongue and lips,
     -Lyrical glamour,
     -Backbench cut away,
     -Unwoven
     -To remnants;
Grecian heritage,
Youngest of brethren
Catered ass
Consequence,
     -Faded Hessian flared,
     -Collar angles plied
     -His virile
     -Posturing;
Performance fostered
Predisposition
To assume
Position,
     -Interpretation
     -Composed crucible
     -Inured to...
     -Artifacts;
Sordid tales, deep hole
Fed- happy hours-
Downing 'til
Drowning in,
     -Wet rat, graffiti
     -Tagged, neon signalled,
     -Cheated on
     -Encasement;
Tag team promised a
Confetti parade,
Not shredded
Underwear,
     -Credence upended
     -Left vulnerable
     -To misread
     -Agendas;
Pissed off, publicly
Wedgied then pantsed, it
Brought out worst
Tendencies,
     -Obliquely ledgered
     -Gullible, rubbing
     -Strengthened as
     -Survivor.

19 March 2019