Sunday, January 31, 2010

In the poetry world, is it best to speak what you think of others, or to hold your tongue? If you criticize, you will draw fire, which in effect is to think things and keep thoughts to yourself. If enough people don't speak up, the mob rules, and certainly the mob rules in poetry. Just read the last few issues of Poetry, the magazine. Utter nonsense. Apparently it isn't politically correct to be negative to other's work: it is their work, therefore it is fine. Maybe there is wisdom in this. Creative people can just go forward, developing as they go, but then do they hear the truth? If truth is not presented, can any endeavor be true?

What is true and so forth, an endless nothing. Maybe people just don't want to hear the truth, especially poets, who are great illusionists at defending their own lies with pride, ego, as they scribble nonsense over and over.

Damn fake flowers. So many fake flowers.



Saturday, January 30, 2010

If art does not inspire, it is nothing. Forget the art itself: do you walk away feeling inspired? This feeling of inspiration is the goal, the offering.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sitting and doing nothing, waiting for the light to change, always beauty.

Thursday, January 28, 2010




Hidden Judges

A morning taps a finger to the nape in awe,
a lovely and incessant sprinkling change
from dainty dawn to when our name is called,
when work and goals, at times, are pre-arranged.
We are not taught to listen to ourselves;
we tap-dance for a boss, obsess with things,
more things, until our spirit under whelms
itself. The thing is whether you can sing.
The drones will twiddle thumbs and tap their heads
and when you die, they toss your private stuff.
Try this; walk by a big old tree, your hands
cupped over eyes, and listen: hear the riff?
Right. You can hear a tree. It echoes dense.
Avoid the hidden judges. Tap your senses.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Where are the women when the men start wars? I asked this question once and you could bang your head on the silence. But never mind. Whenever we have a war, those whom we fight end up coming to America and start a business.

Our political correctness will be the end of us. Keep your eye on New York fashion: you like little white skirts on men?

What does this have to do with art? In America, everyone is an artist, everyone is right. We are now into the third generation of "blank white canvas" [tonal] as being "art." Meaningless installations are now art. Offend no one. Accept everyone. Criticize not. Draw no fire. Honor the collective.

Monday, January 25, 2010

One of the great pitfalls in poetry is when the writing implies the meaning, or infers the meaning, never saying anything directly. In fact, some people do this as well -- all their lives -- never saying anything directly, only saying things by implication rather than any sort of honest approach. What a way to risk a lack of communication. "What do you mean by that?" "I thought you meant..."

Art is the same way. Vague obscurity accomplishes very little. The viewer, the reader, the listener, needs to come forward but not analyze.

I've known people who say everything by implication, never saying anything directly. They say everything with sign language with hands behind their back.

Silent statues.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Traffic is fascinating. Everyday people get in their cars and zoom around -- as if it is a normal thing to do. No, it isn't.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Do you foggy days make you happy?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Most people I know don't want to talk about why any two people are together, what makes a couple a couple, or why not. You've seen large telephone cables, hundreds of multi-coded wires -- a good analogy how couples are -- some communication gets through, but not every single wire connects current. What chooses -- concious or unconcious? Who knows. Too many variables. But aren't there people that for some reason you automatically do not want to have anything to do with? But you can't say exactly why? Why is that? Like garlic. Like a Low Fat Deliciousness Turkey Melt. What is it that makes people think that what they put on those enriched bread rolls is actually real food? What is that tasteless yucky stuff shaped into shapes that resemble real food?

Bread is "enriched" because if the manufacturer doesn't add nutrients the USDA says it can't be marketed as food.


Do you love garlic?

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Anyone can write, few can revise. I've heard about writers who resist revising anything. Especially poets. Revise, over-revise, who knows the answer. The higher the writing, the faster it can fall, and maybe that is why prose poetry is so popular now -- prose doesn't usually go very high; prose is mundane. Therefore far less a chance to fail. There is no such thing as prose poetry -- it is prose.
Just kidding around with the re-work of the photo, just rushing through it.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


When I think about it, writing scribbly lines on paper seems an odd thing to do. Why do people write stories? Why not just state facts: best to do things right, respect all people, learn about life and love, watch out for people who try to fool you, don't buy things you don't need, -- no.... people want stories, you pull them along with suspended momentum, they believe, then they retain the thread of what wisdom is there, the time spent creates empathic memory, and lives are changed. Give people a story and they will love you. You know what I mean, people have interest in story tellers.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Zooming home yesterday, this image flashed visually in my head as I passed by the location. Today I went down and took the picture.

How often is it people don't follow up on their fleeting insights or visions. It takes a lifetime to listen to the voice inside you.




Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I have two regrets in life. One is that I did not take photos of all the places and people I knew years ago.

The picture is a Baltimore alley in Fells Point. I spent 30 years on such streets, in fact, I've been up and down this street several times this year and I live in Texas.

What's that saying? Life happens when you are busy doing other things.

Monday, January 11, 2010


The latest thought I heard is to take your age, divide it in half: does it really seem like the midpoint, the halfway mark of your life? And then take your age, divide it in half from the time you were 20: that is the half way age of your adult life. In other words, if you are 40, the halfway point would be 10 years, 20 years of adulthood, so to speak.
Hardly enough time for anyone to achieve but a few paltry goals. Hurry, there isn't much time. Hope people don't waste your time. Don't appear to be going someplace when you are not, just still, on the ground, get moldy.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


If your art does not have a narrative, it isn't art. Few will agree with this.

Friday, January 08, 2010


There is an old greek saying: You make your face by forty. It is true. We make our faces, the decisions we make have an effect. There is also another truism: You hardly ever see an interesting face. It is true. We all think we are interesting, but we are not. No, the picture above is not me. What can you tell about this man? For once, leave yourself out of how you see, and see what is actually there. It can be a lot of fun, leaving yourself off to the side, and actually seeing.

Sunday, January 03, 2010


A poet has an easy job. All a poet needs to do is to write what he feels about what he thinks. But is this what most poets do? Or do they usually write what they think about what they feel? Apply this question to any poem, and see what is there.