Takedown Portraits

Takedown Portraits
wrestling takedown

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ken Kosillian and Jim Kessling 23 November 2017

(Ken Kosillian?)

                      (Ken Kosillian, 1982)

                     (Jim Kessling, 1982)

(Jim Kessling, 1982)

Eyes stare unblinking,
Inscrutable, thoughts
Revolve in
     -Burial shovel
     -Scrapes recalcitrant
     -Crust, working
     -At edges;
Nape warms, shirt's collar
Hedges, throat's downward
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
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
     -Ground aggregate raked,
     -Minerals, earth tones
     -Across field.

19 October 2017

Close apprehended,
Flat circumstance of
Cake batter,
     -Submerged transcendence
     -Shouldered, smooth defaced
     -With wrinkled
Wide-screen replicate,
Stutter redacted
When keeper
Sent on break,
     -Scale leaps, restraining
     -Stanchions, rope toppled,
     -To lightness;
Full Cape to mansion
Transmogrified the
Of shelter,
     -Beethoven delving
     -Silence composes
Tympanic cadence,
Steady buzz going
Down, massaged
Of message,
     -Surreal Socratic
     -Dialogue floats that
     -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,
Muttered appraisal
Broke spell, compelling
Scoping out,...




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
     -Climber scales terrain,
     -Pores tackled often,
     -Shapes, angles,
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
Pitched revival called
Out, step-danced on first
Name basis
     -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,
      -A traditional
-Recitatif round,
     -Male, female
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
-Fragile passengers,
     -Seats bumped, connections,
     -Lodging, meals
Curtains, yanked past, heal,
Sun confronted washed
Across, held
Out promise,
     -Premise emboldened,
     -Skirted forehead, cheeks,
     -Chin, instilled

7 September 2017

Vantage collector,
Chinese, Italian,
Back turned, trick,
     -Profiled, spout protrudes
     -Harvey's mick kettle,
     -Polished black
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
     -Deschabille claimant,
     -Gorge on pick-up game's
 -Center skin,
     -Shooting guard;
Thumb rubs, polishes,
Nose inhales, newsprint,
Soil, suitcase,
-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,
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 
Salvaged potentate
Of urban drab, Yuan
Earned squab, male
Birth control,
     -Bowled, Maidenhair fronds,
     -Regal girth stamping
     -Base metal
Frequently clamping
Two woodens, mine and
     -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
     -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
Tethered to boiler
Clicks, trash hauler wails,
Fumes from roach
Spray, PineSol,
     -Cologne, cigarette,
     -Beer head, gathered, bar
     -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
     -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
     -Omar's collective
     -Breaths, lodged in doorframe,
     -Lessen, held
     -By pupil;
Detached regard, drill
Confident brandish,
Face off brims
     -Crayon charts terrain,
     -Lakes, elevations,
     -Thick forest;
Pipe played unravels
Basket sheltered snake,
Tongue flicking
Clench of teeth,
     -Pried off, stowed behind
     -Eyes, trusting child which
     -Coats surly
A feathers festooned
Frolic embodied,
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,
     -The distance;
Generated heat
Disperses along,
Between, fuels
     -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
     -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
Or flipped coins,
     -Black out distractions,
     -Pigment, linseed brushed,
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
     -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
     -SoHo show;
Self-portraits revealed
Across wood stretcher,
Sceptres slick,
     -Crown of salt crystals,
     -Hardened tears, lodged stones,
     -I.V. drips;
Diaspora a
Porous room, vigor
Muscling at
     -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
Of sea grass,
     -Friend of, kid, brother,
     -Guy, Puerto Rican,
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
     -A few of last year's
     -Housemates waited at
     -Sayville's stop,
     -Wine, breads, packed;
Emptied out, humming,
Ice maker,
     -Wheelchairs, red wagons,
     -Pushed, pulled along, canes
     -Down boardwalk;
Phone, ignored, harangues,
Tea dance postcards hang
Around, dunes
Cast, heedless,
     -They sit, contemplate
     -Pool circulation,
     -Its message;
Plainchant rises, voice
Prevails, recedes, bells
Wind chimes, horns
     -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
Forceful hands, (behind),
Shove down, (in front), draw
Forward, hold:
Swallow; gag,
     -Invade Pavilion
     -Tea dance, trio donned
     -Wide-brimmed hats;
Flailing arms, waistbands-
Shorts, underwear- yanked,
Hole fingered,
Spit spread, slammed,
     -Sequenced sashay, boys'
     -Gyrations restrained,
     -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'
     -Patron impressioned,
     -Practice imprisoned,
Fire(d) Women, webbed
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
     -Street exit;
Plot imbedded, lines
Piece goods layered, each
Ad-lib tucked,
Improv plumped,
     -Pencil deployed in
     -Mindless scales distracts
     -From portraits'
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,
     -At summit;
I invented me:
     -Farmboy, cityboy,
     -Pretty party boy,
     -Arty blond,
     - Witty bombed;
I give myself up,
Enter characters
Of my own
     -Hick, itinerant
     -Painter sweet talks farm
     -Boys into
     -Posing nude;
Priest, parishioners,
Rituals rehearsed,
In soulful
     -Butterflied, faces
     -Fixed on boards, writhing
     -Darkened stacks;
Forbidden freak show
Ensemble wrestling
In caged roles,
     -Placid blue eyes, bald
     -Lies beneath combed strands,
     -Tied in knot,
Take off your made up
Face, costume, changeling
Sex, fronted
     -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

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,
     -Artist arranges
     -Spacial dimensions,
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,
('Anna Pavlova'
With Oleg's scribbled
To Paul, Esq.
     -Penned to laser off
     -Myth steeped cataracts
     -Clouding held
Purchased by London
Book dealer, four pounds
Penciled on
     -Russian parentage,
     -Classical training,
     -Convent life;
First edition, near
Fine condition, marked
Up, thirty
In dollars,
     -Ethereal, poised,
     -Poetic, fragile,
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;
     -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
     -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
Bridge, build subscriber
Seats, they'll thrust onto
Working class
Bars and streets,
     -View from the bridge, pinched,
     -Measured in lines, leaf
     -Playful when

6 December 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tim Dlugos 28 October 2016

(Three Poets 1983, Tim Dlugos far left)

For my mother: May 1928- October 2016

I'm watching colors
Surface in your eyes,
Hoping to
Draw them out,
     -Draw Tim? Aren't you the
     -Poet? Or are you
     -Casting for
     -A hook-up?
Everything that's yours
To share can be seen
Looking through
The windows,
     -I've seen yours, you've seen
     -Mine, show-er, grower,
     -Inside tricks
     -We've passed on;
'A painting is a
Window,' an image
Unlocked when
My eyes close,
     -Imagine painting
     -An unlocked window,
     -Zip half mast;
A graven image
Placed on an altar,
Beer altered,
Mortal sin,
     -That's your confession?
     -Left night's communion
     -At happy
     -Hour drunk?
A voice on the phone,
A boy by the voice,
A phony
Voice, a trick,
     -Or treat, not a friend,
     -A jerk, off from Wall
     -Street, sauna
Vision emerges,
Dick(ensian) steamed,
On bended...
     -Padded knees, all hype,
     -The Hope mined carrot
     -Snowman knows
     -Melts dead space;
Fingers walking, I
Canvass acquaintance
With the man
In my bed,
     -The man who's stretched out,
     -Primed, lubricated,
     -Convinced there's
Lieder from the dead,
Multiple Ethel's
Fry, torch song
     -Andy at the door,
     -Cans strung, got rhythm,
     -Got voltage;
Got Broadway winding
Center to Dutch made
Landfill's edge,
Lodged on maps,
     -No man is an island,
     -Except Roosevelt,
     -By F(oot) trains;
Stride Rite's back-to-school
Socks sheathed f(oot)prints a
Sizer slid,
Stockroom hedge,
     -Shoes strung together
     -Stolen by, lost to
     -At your place;
Strong Place, net curtains
Drawn on fishermen,
Titan robed
     -Not Sirens, wailing
     -As they lead, blind drunk,
     -Into swamped
Muscle braided arms
Extend from sweaters
Stitched with love,
On shore leave,
     -Hauling impressions
     -Scarred through the wringer
     -Chewing sliced
     -Wonder bread;
Empty calories,
We need meat, not seed
Cakes strewn for
The sparrows,
     -A pecking order
     -Imposed by a queen,
     -Ruby flats,
     -Wardrobe found;
Poet and painter,
Something old: voyage
Out, the boat
Sinks, or floats,
     -Sketching denizens
     -Of landlocked blocks their
     -Greek, Roman
Something new from the
End of season sales,
Picked over
By strangers,
     -Holly Solomon,
     -Aaron Berman, Charles
     -Cowles, Magic
Something borrowed: fruit
Streets; sacred texts; twelve
Steps, hold it,
Let it go,
     -Time: pneumocystis;
     -Tide: lunar nexus;
     -Boy, boat, breath,
     -Let it go.

28 October 2016