Category Archives: Art I Like

Graffiti Pier, Philadelphia

… It was a beautiful day. The place took me completely by surprise. Struck by the awe of so many hands and so many years, so many ideas in so many minds, working apart but together every season I’m sure both day and night. Graffiti […]

Tom Cole reads from the Tyranny of Structurelessness

… This past July 25th at Howl Happening Gallery on First Street near the Bowery I heard Tom Cole read from two plays he was working on. He read without other actors taking on any of the characters, and his performance turned out to be […]

Rain Pastels with Charcoal by Robert Rhodes

… Robert Rhodes, who lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, often paints the surrounding countryside that has remained undeveloped, mostly due to the Amish, since William Penn and his heirs first chopped down the forests and began farming there. There is something about the beginning in this […]

August Drawings by Akram

… Where has the summer gone? It remains on the pages of Akram, sketches from the recent muggy days, one day following the other. May things be cooler, calmer, and more content in September. In any event, when you do something, even on a bad […]

Ken Angel’s 43 Poems by Bill Kushner and Tom Savage

… I was visiting Ken Angel in his studio last week and on leaving he handed me—he is a gift-giver—an early printing of a book he did of some of the poetry collaborations that Bill Kushner and Tom Savage used to write together when they […]

Selwyn Rodda @ roomartspacenyc, May 26 – June 5, 2018

… I heard about an art opening last May through a Facebook friend, Philip Nikolayev, and from the painting he included with the invitation, I was very interested. And I almost went, but at the last minute I was asked to substitute for a teacher […]

Homer Erotic

… Poet, provocateur, musician, among so many other things, Barbara Barg died of cancer in Chicago on May 22, 2018 at the age of 71. Even though I was expecting the news, the earth trembled under my feet when I heard it. There was no […]

Robert Rhodes: Summer Studies, July 9

… I am always amazed at the pace Robert Rhodes works. Every day he does something new. It almost seems impossible, sometimes even a little terrifying, but always beautiful. Here are some green summer studies he did yesterday, July 9, in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. […]

July 1, Walking Home

… Walking back from Grand Street between Allen and the Bowery; some of the best shopping—my niece is coming. Bought some beautiful cut sunflowers. Stopped by First Avenue and maybe 3rd Street—east side of the avenue anyway—to take these pictures. East Village fireworks. Hot today; […]

A Visit to Basil King’s Studio

… June 11 I was visiting Basil and Martha King today and Basil invited me upstairs to see his studio. On entering, I promptly knocked over an empty canvas. “Don’t worry,” Basil said, “I do it all the time.” I was drawn, not only to […]

from Big Blue Box of Poems: Taylor Mead with Ken Angel

… About a month ago Ken Angel handed me a big blue box of poems; this box, it turns out, holds many poets whose work Kenny illuminates and they then usually sign. So, starting off, I open the box and who do I see behind […]

A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman with two sonnets by Edwin Denby and Don Yorty

… A noiseless patient spider, I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated, Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them. And you O my soul where […]