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The Night Becomes Thick and Comfortable by Joel Colten and Randal Rupert: read by Peter Bushyeager

… Joel Colten (1950 – 1980) was a poet and photographer who lived in Philadelphia and Manhattan. From 1976 to 1980, he was also coeditor of the literary magazine Hot Water Review. During his brief career, Colten’s poetry appeared widely in U.S. and U.K. publications […]

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 […]

Photographs by Rudy Burckhardt from the 1940s

… Some photos are really magic capturing the exact moment. Many photos by Rudy Burckhardt are that kind of magic even when it’s a building or landscape that doesn’t really move or change. When he snapped, he caught that building or landscape taking a breath. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. … … … … …

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 […]

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 […]

Album de Animales Mexicanos por Gabriel Fernández Ledesma (1944)

… In the early 90s I went to Mexio to work on my novel, What Night Forgets, usually for the month of January. When I was in the city of Oaxaca, I was always looking for books of printed art by the Oaxacan artist, Francisco […]

Out To Lunch: Joe Brainard Cartoons, Little Caesar Magazine, 1978

… The style of Little Caesar fits these cartoons by Joe Brainard very well, the everyday printed quality of a newspaper, the comics of Little Nancy and Sluggo, the funnies, only in color on Sunday, but black and white the rest of the week. Click […]