14 February 2016

I made this valentine for my parents 21 years ago.

the scene is Napoleon OH -- the town in which they were married.

12 February 2016

Alicia Metcalf Miller

I don't get a newspaper.  so I just learnd of her death this morning.

Alicia was a member of Kent State University's board of trustees who was a particular friend & supporter of Special Collections. in her foreward to 25 Years she wrote:

Kent's Special Collections, particularly in poetry, theater, and children's literature, reflects an unusual level of wisdom and taste.  Largely responsible for that are its two curators, Dean H. Keller (1968-83) and Alex Gildzen (1984-93).

For more than good caretakers, these two men have nudged, cajoled, even wrestled the collection into its current, very appealing shape. They have practiced sleight-of-hand, dogged willfulness, and charming persuasion, guided always by a clear-eyed vision of what Kent's Special Collections is and might be. Conquering obstacles that would have stymied fainter hearts, they have maintained that vision with considerable discernment. loyalty, and wit.

Alicia was also supportive of my move to Santa Fe where she & her husband Bill quickly establishd themselves as model citizens following their move from Chagrin Falls.

friendships ebb & tide. somewhere along the way Alicia & I stoppd seeing each other. but today I remember a time at her house when I was reading out loud to her adorable mother Maudwynn from Alicia's first novel. quietly Alicia approachd from somewhere & gave me a hug. the look in her eyes then is what I'm thinking of now.

08 February 2016

had he lived

James Dean wd be celebrating his 85th birthday today.

every year on his birthday I remember when I threw a party for his 50th. the invitation featured my poem "Autobiographical Fragment" with a portrait of the actor by Jim Provenzano.  I still have some copies hanging around.

however I also printed -- on special paper -- only 20 copies of just the poem & drawing. Jim & I signd the numberd copies.  it's item A26 in my bibliography. & even tho it isn't the fiction he became famous for I suspect it's the first item in Jim's biblio.

06 February 2016

happy birthday

a line from "Outlaw Dreams" :

I dreamt Mamie Van Doren made a recording of “The Century Dimes” while topless.

today the Atomic Blonde turns 85 & she's still posing naked.

here we are in Palm Springs a few years ago.

04 February 2016


I ever meet El Nino at a party I'll kick him in the balls 

30 January 2016


good day before the storm.  so back to town.

breakfast at Cafe Pasqual with Karen Leigh:

then a stroll up & down Canyon Rd.

altho still popular with tourists this stretch of real estate has largely lost its allure for locals. it certainly doesn't have the verve I recall when moving here nearly 22 years ago.

then back to Ecco & a wee chat with JC Gonzo abt a collaboration.

29 January 2016

avant le deluge

the proctologist of winter suggests a big rip next week. considering I may be snowbound for days I took the reins.  did the shave/shower routine. then bus hop to town.

had a visit with the Yatika Starr Fields columns.

then a chat with Holly Coonsis before looking at some art. a quick gassy lunch at Bad Ass. then a surprise Ecco encounter with Red Cell a month before he relocates to Istanbul.

finally a bit of shopping. Cheesemongers for blue & Plaza Cafe for cake.