[Disposable Poem July 23, 2015 – After Negativland]

  In Memory of Negativland Higgledy-piggledy, Jiggery pokery, Scalia is God. Strict Constructivism is His pure applesauce. With niggardly wizardry, & history trickery, Scalia sticks pins In O’Connor’s briefs Wishing she’d die. His liturgy glittery From mystery misery, Scalia blasts Kennedy As a Roman Catholic Who trashed Evangelicals Bitterly hickory On civil liberty, Scalia damns … More [Disposable Poem July 23, 2015 – After Negativland]

Poetic Response: “Gojira / Godzilla, King of the Monsters” (1954) 96 Min. – Ishirō Honda – Japan

              The biggest money-making blockbuster released from Toho Studios, director Ishirō Honda’s film has had a checkered past. The rights to the original “Gojira” were sold to Jewel Enterprises, Inc., where it was chopped up and reedited, with additional footage adding Raymond Burr, for mass marketing at American drive-in … More Poetic Response: “Gojira / Godzilla, King of the Monsters” (1954) 96 Min. – Ishirō Honda – Japan

Poetic Response: Film “Barrio” (1998) 94 Min. – Fernando León de Aranoa – Spain

      Barrío (1998) 94 Min Fernando León de Aranoa wrote and directed this Goya-award winning film that studies the lives of disaffected teenagers in Madrid, where high aspirations do not always lead to success. A stunning social critique of the lower middle-classes trapped by their economic conditions.   The opacity of summer’s eye, … More Poetic Response: Film “Barrio” (1998) 94 Min. – Fernando León de Aranoa – Spain

Poetic Response: Hymn to the Aesthetic Beauty Center – After Plastic Man – Comic – Jack Cole

  Plastic Man’s Hymn to the Aesthetic Beauty Center Sexier than a sting ray in Bermuda, Flatulent yet strung out on raw ether, I flaunt my mutability to stay neuter With more ass than you’d care to remember. I lurk beside hoods and crooked dicks, Shoot craps and split the ambiguity, Shape shifting among schizophrenics, … More Poetic Response: Hymn to the Aesthetic Beauty Center – After Plastic Man – Comic – Jack Cole

Poetic Response: Absinthe – After Erik Satie’s “Pièces Froides”

                  Absinthe Fastidious with his tea, Satie toys with a key — one key, one note learned by rote in the punctilious smoke of the infinite joke, drowned in the shuffles sawdust muffles of death rattles from memory’s tatters and tattle-tailers that gossip battles. Wistful melancholy in … More Poetic Response: Absinthe – After Erik Satie’s “Pièces Froides”

Poetic Response: “Ossos” (1997) 94 Min. – Pedro Costa – Portugal

        Ossos (1997) Portuguese director Pedro Costa combines documentary and narrative styles to innovate what has come to be called “the cinema of stillness.” This film studies the Fontainhas district of Lisbon, where immigrants from Africa struggle to stay alive.   I see your lips darkening the wall In city streets in … More Poetic Response: “Ossos” (1997) 94 Min. – Pedro Costa – Portugal

Poetic Response: Art – This Jinni Can Juggle – Larry Broedow

This Jinni Can Juggle – Painting – Water Color on Board, with Silver Foil 40″ H x 30″ W The Fires of California The deaths pile up. Friends leave without anyone enjoying their art. The famous mingle with the unknown; a burn line protects no one.   Is the Rancho Cucamonga studio still there? Whimsy and … More Poetic Response: Art – This Jinni Can Juggle – Larry Broedow

Book Review: Marge Piercy – Made In Detroit – Poetry

MARGE PIERCY Made in Detroit Knopf, 2015. $27.95   Poetry is rarely celebrated for its bluntness, but Marge Piercy’s obsessions over the socioeconomic destruction of her childhood Detroit speak directly to an audience not of other poets, but of working-class citizens. The language is direct and clear, as Piercy catalogues the missing stores and businesses, … More Book Review: Marge Piercy – Made In Detroit – Poetry