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Les Poètes Maudits, Wild Love of Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud

April 9th, 2015
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    Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, Brussels Oct 07, 1873

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    Total Eclipse (youtube here) (a screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on his play. Verlaine was portrayed by David Thewlis and Leonardo DiCaprio played Rimbaud.)


  • Where is Rimbaud (previous post )

    Scroll down to see some Verlaine related erotic drawings

    4 poems by Paul Verlaine

    Claire de Lune (youtube)

  • Rimbaud in Ethiopia

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    Portrait by Gustave Courbet
    c. 1871

    Philip Levine – A Poet for The Working Class

    February 16th, 2015

    Philip Levine.Who Found Poetry on Detroit’s Assembly Lines, Dies At 87

  • Philip Levine at New Yorker


  • Read A Sleepless Night here..

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    Portrait of Philip Levine by Michael Hafftka

    Alan Sondheim – Birthday Poem + Philosophy, Simple, Pretention

    February 2nd, 2015

    Monday
    In the year 5000, my birthday falls on a Monday, I won’t be around.
    Somehow, this makes me unutterably sad, weeping.

    Our span is so short, we all know that, but this, this concrete
    instance, tears through me. And I won’t make it, to be sure, past
    2020…

    February 5000

    Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    1
    2 3 4 5 6 7 8
    9 10 11 12 13 14 15
    16 17 18 19 20 21 22
    23 24 25 26 27 28

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    Happy birthday Alan Sondheim.

  • Coming event..

    ALAN SONDHEIM PRESENTATION AT BROWN UNIVERSITY
    February 6th, at 7, at the Granoff Center (see below)
    Broken World, Steerage
    thinking through blankness, terror, and broken worlds
    There is material from distorted motion capture employed in
    virtual worlds; considerations of terror and genocide in terms
    of anguish and the unutterable; phenomenology of blizzards and
    whiteout; revrev ? live reverse reverberation or anticipatory
    music; and practical-theoretical issues of gamespace/edgespace.

    Join Alan Sondheim for a talk and presentation at 7pm on Friday,
    February 6 in Englander Studio, Granoff Center at Brown
    University. This event is free and open to the public.

  • One more poem..

    Philosophy, Simple, Pretention

    Phenomenology doesn’t rhyme, all the time.
    Philosophy in this form isn’t serious.
    Aphorisms are always suspect, unpacking
    revealing the dirty laundry of language.
    You have to develop an argument and
    neologisms help with their wayward vacuity.
    Pictures are more suspect, and Wittgenstein’s
    formulas appear to be the bones of an
    irrelevant animal.
    On the other hand, the formulas of physics
    and cosmology contain an absolutely
    untranslatable grain of truth, do you hear
    that, Badiou?
    Our place in the world is indeterminate but
    that doesn’t interfere with description and
    the latitude or epigenetic landscape of the
    resulting deep sketching.
    Violence threatens everything but not the
    world, nor mathesis.
    Violence is not violence until you are
    physically touched by it, and philosophy
    in this form, that of the witness, is always
    serious and always correct.
    Do unto others is senseless unless one
    believes in the imperative.
    There is nothing that can be _said_ about
    cosmology.
    A picture is the decay of the word; neither
    mathematics nor mathesis are languages.
    Mathesis and the world is closest to the
    film which binds, not sutures, the viewer.
    Meaning washes out of the aphorism; meaning
    washes out the aphorism.
    There is no point to decay.
    On the phenomenological level, decay is
    everywhere and inconceivable.
    One can never explain oneself; and the
    attempt to explain one’s writings just
    increases the bulk of them.
    Hence the mark is always and already the
    same, every mark the same mark, except the
    number; it is the number which may
    function as the sign of violence, and the
    word which becomes the diacritical mark.
    Narrative never understands that thinking
    is thoughtless.
    The philosophical example is already lost
    in thought.
    Philosophy is what I am; writing is what I
    do.

    Night Waltz – Adieu 2014 – & Happy New Year- 2015

    December 31st, 2014
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    Photo by Tim Richmond.

    Happy birthday Paul Bowles and Patti Smith (Dec 30.. they share a birthday).
    Night Waltz (See Jane and Paul Bowles)

  • In Memoriam..

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman known for playing beautiful losers, leaves behind a legacy of work that broke your heart and hit you in the gut.

    Alain Resnais

  • Yamaguchi Yoshiko and Isamu Noguchi

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  • Pete Seeger, the power of song- he loved boating.

  • Visionary Land Artist Nancy Holt

  • Genpei Akasegawa - Neo Dada Artist

  • Jane and Kate Barry

    Rene Burri -Swiss Magnum photographer <> <> Jane Bown -Shy & Gentle photographer
    Minimalist photographer Lewis Balts

    Billie Whitelaw (Samuel Beckett’s perfect actress)

    Maximillian Schell

  • Robin Williams 1abikeRobin

    Shoji Masui 1Toruburmeseharp he passed away on March 3, 2014. (Burmese Harp directed by Kon Ichikawa)

    Luis Rainer A Movie Legend with 2 Oscars was 104.

    Jane Freilicher - (See portraits of Frank OHara, Koch and Ashbery)

    Ruby Dee
    Amiri Baraka

    Adios Senor Horace Silver (click to see large)

  • Let our scars fall in love, Farewell Galway Kinnell<> <> Maxine Kumin<> <> Mark Strand
    Charles Barsotti (Cactus Dwarf Orchard)

    Camille Lepage Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa

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    Takakura Ken -legendary actor was 83.

    Photo of Rilke with Paul Valery at the Garden & His letter to Lou Andreas Salome

    December 29th, 2014
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    (At the garden at Anthy – photo Monad)

    On Dec 29, 1921 -
    Rilke wrote to Lou Andrea-Salome (On Freud, he told her how his work is now beginning to have an important effect in France then he turned to Paul Valery) page 279 -280 – Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke – 1910 -1926.

    Only the poetry of Paul Valery really astonishes me, whose “Le Cimetiere marin” I managed to translate with an equivalence I scarcely thought could be achieved between the two languages….

    “Eupalinos – like all Valery’s few works of a serenity, a calm and equanimity that you too would entirely appreciate. Paul Valery stems from Mallarme.

    But Valery kept silent and worked at mathematics until he was ready for artistic expression 25 years later,

    so much the purer. In 1915, a man of fifty (Valery): and what has since come from his is of the greatest distinction and significance.

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    photo via

  • Rilke’s bio timeline..(photos and sound files)

  • Rilke died of leukemia.”
    And again his death pops up on pg. 86 of Reader’s Block:
    “Joyce, Hesse, Mann, and Rilke all died in Switzerland.”

    David Markson on Rilke

  • Rainer Maria Rilke, Raron, Canton Valais, Switzerland - (see his grave)

    1926
    On December the 29th, Rilke dies at Val-Mont. “The Poetical Work of Michelangelo”,
    as well as his voluminous correspondence, are published post mortem. This body of work,
    which includes letters to some of the most prominant writers and intellectuals of his time,
    such as Marina Tsvetaeva, Auguste Rodin, André Gide, Hugo von Hofmannstahl,
    Boris Pasternak, and Stefan Zweig.

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    Rilke photo via

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    Previous post Photo of Rilke by Shaw – Letters to Balthus, Lou A. Salome

  • Dec 29 birthday of William Gaddis.. (See David Markson and William Gaddis- scroll down)

  • The Caterpiller & Black Holes + R.I.P Mark Strand

    November 29th, 2014
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    Untitled photo collage by Fung Lin Hall

  • Mark Strand dies – Pulitzer winning poet laureate ..( Born in Prince Edward’s Islands, Canada, initially he studied art.)

  • The Remains
    I empty myself of the names of others. I empty my pockets.
    I empty my shoes and leave them beside the road.
    At night I turn back the clocks;
    I open the family album and look at myself as a boy.

    What good does it do? The hours have done their job.
    I say my own name. I say goodbye.
    The words follow each other downwind.
    I love my wife but send her away.

    My parents rise out of their thrones
    into the milky rooms of clouds. How can I sing?
    Time tells me what I am. I change and I am the same.
    I empty myself of my life and my life remains.

    Mark Stand

  • Read his poem “The End” (poetry foundation)

  • Wallace Shawn interviewed Mark Strand (Paris Review)

  • EATING POETRY

    Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
    There is no happiness like mine.
    I have been eating poetry.

    The librarian does not believe what she sees.
    Her eyes are sad
    and she walks with her hands in her dress.

    The poems are gone.
    The light is dim.
    The dogs are on the basement stairs and coming up.

    Their eyeballs roll,
    their blond legs burn like brush.
    The poor librarian begins to stamp her feet and weep.

    She does not understand.
    When I get on my knees and lick her hand,
    she screams.

    I am a new man,
    I snarl at her and bark,
    I romp with joy in the bookish dark.
    Mark Strand

    (Jim Bauerlein’s favorite poem thanks..)

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    The Caterpiller and Black holes (photo collage by Fung Lin Hall)

  • Lines for Winter
    Mark Strand
    1934 – 2014

    for Ros Krauss

    Tell yourself
    as it gets cold and gray falls from the air
    that you will go on
    walking, hearing
    the same tune no matter where
    you find yourself—
    inside the dome of dark
    or under the cracking white
    of the moon’s gaze in a valley of snow.
    Tonight as it gets cold
    tell yourself
    what you know which is nothing
    but the tune your bones play
    as you keep going. And you will be able
    for once to lie down under the small fire
    of winter stars.
    And if it happens that you cannot
    go on or turn back
    and you find yourself
    where you will be at the end,
    tell yourself
    in that final flowing of cold through your limbs
    that you love what you are.
    Mark Strand

    The Wrong Box & A Curious Painting of Robert Louis Stevens and his Wife by Sargent

    November 13th, 2014

    AT last she comes, O never more
    In this dear patience of my pain
    To leave me lonely as before,
    Or leave my soul alone again.
    – Robert Louis Stevens

    More poems by R.L.S here.

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    Painting of Robert Louis Stevens and his wife by John Singer Sargent – 1885. via

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  • He wrote this story, the Wrong Box, with all stars cast..(Michael Caine.. Peter Cook, Peter Sellers – see the trailer on youtube)

    To celebrate his birthday, Take a quiz here.

  • Aidan Quinn played Crusoe

    Let our scars fall in love – Farewell Galway Kinnell

    October 29th, 2014
  • Galway Kinnell 1GK
    (via his hompage )

    Poet who went his own way dies at 87. (NYtimes)

  • Quotes
    “Never mind. The self is the least of it. Let our scars fall in love”

    “Is there a mechanism of death, that so mutilates existence no one, gets over it not even the dead?”

    ― Galway Kinnell

  • Galway Kinnell reads “The Deconstruction of Emily Dickenson” - (youtube)

  • Galway Kinnell reads – After Making Love, We Hear Footsteps

  • The Bear (G.K. reads a poem on youtube)

  • Interview

  • J. L . Borges – Reading for Pleasure

    August 24th, 2014
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    Borges and J. G.Ballard.. Photo by Sophie Baker

    MM: Burroughs, like Borges, showed us what it was possible to do. Neither Borges nor Burroughs were available to us until about 1960 or so. I first heard Borges’s stories related to me by a Spanish-speaking Swede while hitch-hiking from Uppsala to Paris. It was a while before City Lights, I think it was, brought out the first translations. Burroughs wasn’t a disappointment, when we finally met him, but Borges was. Burroughs pretty much lived as he wrote, while Borges was a rather conservative man with a keen interest in G. K. Chesterton.

  • A Literary Hedonist in the classroom :on Professor Borges.

  • Riddle of Poetry J.L. Borges google braille
    (“One day Cartier-Bresson received a telephone call from the writer JL Borges, who wished to know whether he would be willing to accept a prize for which Borges wanted to nominate him. Read more here) The gift from a blind poet

  • Two new books about Borges (New Yorker)

  • Read The Aleph here.

    Jan Palach – A Poem by David Shapiro & his collaboration with architect John Hejduk

    August 11th, 2014
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    Jan Palach was born on 11 August 1948- an activist who set himself on fire in in 1969.. Palach’s protest caused extraordinary reaction both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

    These web pages present the life story of Jan Palach

    His schoolmates liked him for his nice and friendly nature. He was quiet, pensive, and very well-read. Since his early childhood, he was interested in nature, technology, and history.

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    Poetry and Architecture, Architecture and Poetry
    by John Hejduk David Shapiro

    The Funeral of Jan Palach

    When I entered the first meditation
    I escaped the gravity of the object,
    I experienced the emptiness,
    And I have been dead a long time.

    When I had a voice you could call a voice,
    My mother wept to me:
    My son, my beloved son,
    I never thought this possible

    I’ll follow you on foot.
    Halfway in mud and slush the microphones picked up.
    It was raining on the houses;
    It was snowing on the police-cars.

    The astronauts were weeping,
    Going neither up nor out.
    And my own mother was brave enough she looked
    And it was alright I was dead.

    —David Shapiro

    When I read of the sacrifice of Jan Palach, I was reading of a heroism toward which I had aspired but recoiled. But it is not for everyone to be such a sacrifice, as many have said, it is not even easy to be a disciple of such a hero. Indeed, Palach finally asked others to refrain from a mechanical martyrdom.

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    On the art of collaboration
    He is perhaps most proud of his long collaboration with the late architect John Hejduk, who served as dean of Cooper Union’s school of architecture for many years. In 1991, a poem Shapiro had written about the Czechoslovak student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in 1969 to protest the Soviet invasion, was engraved on a plaque as part of a memorial designed by Hejduk and mounted on the grounds of Prague Castle in the Czech Republic.

    Sketch for house of suicide by John Hejduk

  • Pataphysics – interview of David Shapiro

  • Two Films on Percy Bysshe Shelley – Haunted Summer & A Shape Of Error + His Sketches

    August 4th, 2014
  • Two Films on Percy Bysshe Shelley – Haunted Summer & A Shape Of Error.

  • 1) Haunted Summer

  • 2) A Shape of Error – by Abigail Child (Vimeo trailer here)

    An experimental l6mm feature, A Shape of Error is based on the life of Percy Bysshe Shelley and his second wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley— writers whose lives forecast the modern in their concern for women, free love and labor. Child retells their story as an imaginary home movie, using strategies developed in her earlier films—The Future Is Behind You (2004-05) and Covert Action (1984)— to shape a new kind of narrative. With sound by the acclaimed composer Zeena Parkins (who has worked with John Zorn and Bijork), non-actors in the lead roles and silently shot with Child’s l6mm camera, A Shape of Error is an original—startlingly emotional and engrossing.

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    Sketches of Sailing Boats by Shelley

    Sailing was Shelley’s favourite pursuit in the last year of his life, first on the rivers Serchio and Arno, and latterly off the coast. Rough sketches of sailing vessels are dotted about his notebooks, and many of his poems contain evocative images of boats, rivers and the sea. ‘Rivers are not like roads’, he wrote to Peacock in July 1816, ‘the work of the hands of man; they imitate mind, which wanders at will over pathless deserts, and flows through nature’s loveliest recesses, which are inaccessible to anything besides.’

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    Percy Bysshe Shelley – born on 4 August 1792

    Shelley became an idol of the next three or four generations of poets, including important Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite poets such as Robert Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He was admired by Oscar Wilde, Thomas Hardy, George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, W. B. Yeats, Karl Marx, Upton Sinclair and Isadora Duncan.[3] Henry David Thoreau’s civil disobedience was apparently influenced by Shelley’s non-violence in protest and political action.

    Cactus & Dwarf Orchard – Summer Solstice 2014

    June 21st, 2014
  • R.I.P Charles Barsotti

    Charles Barsotti, New Yorker artist was master cartoonist a true original and a nice guy to boot.

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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • After Reading Tu Fu, I Go Outside to the Dwarf Orchard

    East of me, west of me, full summer.
    How deeper than elsewhere the dusk is in your own yard.
    Birds fly back and forth across the lawn
    looking for home
    As night drifts up like a little boat.

    Day after day, I become of less use to myself.
    Like this mockingbird,
    I flit from one thing to the next.
    What do I have to look forward to at fifty-four?
    Tomorrow is dark.
    Day-after-tomorrow is darker still.

    The sky dogs are whimpering.
    Fireflies are dragging the hush of evening
    up from the damp grass.
    Into the world’s tumult, into the chaos of every day,
    Go quietly, quietly.

    Charles Wright

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    Charles Wright named American Poet Laureate..