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A George Schneeman Postcard

This postcard was a gift from Bill Kushner to me. George Schneeman had sent it to Bill in 2002 from Siena, Italy where he and his wife, Katie, were living. George thanked Bill for giving his son, Elio, a good review in the Poetry Project […]

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Drawings by Akram

… Line designs and geometric animals. When Akram is waiting, he often draws. Some of the drawings he’s done from January 13 to the 19, 2017. There’s been a lot of waiting going on. … … … … … … … … … … … […]

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Summer Paintings by Charles Burchfield

… Burchfield painted so many summer scenes, I pretty much picked a dozen randomly for this post because they all are so good that it doesn’t matter which ones I choose. When I think of summer, I think of eating scallions in June, cucumbers in […]

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Rocky Ledge # 5

… Going through boxes and uncovering stuff. Here is Rocky Ledge #5 edited by Reed Bye and Anne Waldman in Boulder, Colorado summer of 1980. I am wary of scanning too much of this magazine because the scanning might damage the pages. I am told […]

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HARD PRESS – SERIES 21: 12 POSTCARDS

… Rochelle Kraut designed these postcards with the poems of poets roaming the East Village in the early 80s. There were plenty of them. Shelley will always have a special place in my heart because she gave me my first reading at the Poetry Project […]

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Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt from the 1930s

… Rudy Burckhardt was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1914. While going to medical school in London, he discovered photography. He came to live in New York in 1935. “I really became a New Yorker rather than an American,” he later wrote. “There are so […]

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Fifteen Paintings of the Spring by Charles Burchfield

… Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) painted every season wearing a wide brimmed hat to keep the sun from making him squint. He wanted to see nature clearly, the dark with the light, knowing full well that he needed the darkness to see the light. Burchfield began […]

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For Judith Malina by Ed Sanders

… Kenny Angel gave me this poem book, a tribute to Judith Malina by Ed Sanders. He works on these poem books at his studio on Second Avenue. … … … … …

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The Story of the Rabbit and the Coyote. Illustrated by Francisco Toledo, Adapted by Gloria and Víctor de la Cruz

… … … … I bought Cuento del Conejo y el Coyote illustrated by the artist Francisco Toledo when I was in Oaxaca in 1999 finishing up my novel. I’d first seen Toledo’s work about twelve years earlier when I was crashing in an apartment […]

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13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens with drawings and Spanish translation by Francisco Toledo

… I Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. II I was of three minds, Like a tree In which there are three blackbirds. III The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds. It was a small part of […]

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… 25 My cat and I play chasing each other. He jumps while I write and then stretches out full length in back of the warm computer to claw my hand when it comes in sight. Ouch! Ow! I say but Cachito doesn’t care about […]

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Design by Robert Frost

… … I found a dimpled spider, fat and white, On a white heal-all, holding up a moth Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth— Assorted characters of death and blight Mixed ready to begin the morning right, Like the ingredients of a witches’ […]