One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oak Glen 2013

Nice day overall. Better to go way before Oct. 31: the mob is mobbing for Nostalgia. Most of it's "repetition," so I took just a few photos (I don't know grandma).





Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Catching My Breath

Though I'm closer to home now, I've gone from Physics to middle school math. Underutilized perhaps, but it pays the bills.

I've only written one poem this month (still tinkering).

The short list of recent reading material: Kafka's Letters to Felice, Barnes' The Lemon Table, some of Paul Bowles' stories, and Daudet's In the Land of Pain (translated by Barnes).

From Daudet's Pain (one of the many interesting "notes"):

*Proust, in Contre Sainte-Beuve, describes how he could scarcely look Daudet in the eye when they met: 'I remembered to what extent bodily pain, so slight compared to his that no doubt he would have enjoyed it as a respite, had made me deaf and blind to other people, to life, to everything except my wretched body, towards which my mind was stubbornly bent, like a sick man lying in bed with his face turned to the wall.' Proust was astonished and impressed by the way 'the beautiful sick man' held forth on life and literature. At one point Daudet left the room and continued the discussion through the open doorway, while evidently giving himself a morphine injection. He returned with sweat on his brow but exuding 'the serenity of victory'.

From Paul Bowles' "Pages from Cold Point":

Soon the people will decide that they want their land to be a part of today's monstrous world, and once that happens, it will be all over. As soon as you have that desire, you are infected with the deadly virus, and you begin to show the symptoms of the disease. You live in terms of time and money, and you think in terms of society and progress. Then all that is left for you is to kill the other people who think the same way, along with a good many of those who do not, since that is the final manifestation of the malady.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Life and Travels of Richard Henry Dana, Jr." by Adrien Machefert

Finally snuck into the cafeteria (when it was empty) and had the lengthy canvases to myself. Not exceptional work (IMHO), and of its time, but still worth preserving.












Saturday, October 19, 2013

Belmont Shore Sidewalk Art 2013

We walked down late afternoon. Very little still on the sidewalk and they were having a contest in front of the Chase Bank. Anyway, here's what I walked away with.















October 19, 2013

A few phone pics from my walk this morning: just another gorgeous fall day. From Sun-Breaking-Through-Fog to Pelican Convention to Scenes From The Jetty to. . .  Now if only the Tigers can work some magic.










Friday, October 18, 2013

The Pushcart Prize

Got my third nomination (maybe in ten years). First time I was nominated I had no idea what the prize was. I know a little more now. Wonder what the odds of winning are?


The Pushcart Prize is an American literary prize by Pushcart Press that honors the best "poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot"[1] published in the small presses over the previous year. Magazine and small book press editors are invited to nominate[2] up to six works they have featured. Anthologies of the selected works have been published annually since 1976.

The founding editors are Anaïs Nin, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Newman, Daniel Halpern, Gordon Lish, Harry Smith, Hugh Fox, Ishmael Reed, Joyce Carol Oates, Len Fulton, Leonard Randolph, Leslie Fiedler, Nona Balakian, Paul Bowles, Paul Engle, Ralph Ellison, Reynolds Price, Rhoda Schwartz, Richard Morris, Ted Wilentz, Tom Montag, and William Phillips[disambiguation needed].

Among the writers who received early recognition in Pushcart Prize anthologies were: Kathy Acker, Steven Barthelme, Rick Bass, Charles Baxter, Bruce Boston, Raymond Carver, Joshua Clover, Junot Diaz, Andre Dubus, William H. Gass, Seán Mac Falls, William Monahan, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Lance Olsen,[3] Peter Orner, Kevin Prufer, Kay Ryan, Mona Simpson, Ana Menéndez, and Wells Tower.[4]

[From Wikipedia:]

Kathryn Woodman Leighton (1875 - 1952)

Nothing on her in Wiki, but here's a bio of Kathryn on the Net.

Kathryn Leighton at Dana Middle School

Never heard of her till now: apparently big on American Indian Art. I'm guessing another WPA work? (This is not the "whole painting." It was behind a table piled high with papers. I quickly took a snapshot with my phone camera.)