31 May 2015

my usual breakfast

vitamins w/ juice
cereal w/ banana
coffee w/ skim milk

this morning
I went wild
& fixd
fried potatoes

30 May 2015

among my souvenirs

late in 1960 I saw Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" at the Palace Theater in downtown Cleveland.  I bought the hard-bound program.  while going thru my endless collections I opend it. & there I found this:

not sure if I shd try to use it for an art piece.  or stick it back in the program & attempt to determine where next that treasure shd go.

29 May 2015

Bob Hope (1903-2003)

in honor of his birthday
this page from a boyhood scrapbook

& a better view of the picture I took of him with Mom

26 May 2015

Al Flogge (1934-2015)

I learnd of his death at the same time he was being buried at Standing Rock in Kent today.

altho I didn't know him well I workd with Al on the donation of his performing arts collection to Special Collections.

here we are at lunch at Joe Allen in 1984:

the last time I saw Al was at the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival a few years ago.

an angel

altho not into his message I always liked Howard Finster's art.  so when I visitd Paradise Garden in july 1991 I bought one of his angels. I gave his wife a check for $380. I didn't meet the artist because at that time he was sleeping during the day & making art at nite.

this is me at his famous residence with my purchase:

at first look I've been unable to locate any photos of the piece hanging in the house in Kent. but here is the first photo I have of it in Santa Fe (1994). that's James Broughton in the rocker:

this morning I took the piece down. it's one of a group of artworks which will be having a new home. details forthcoming.

25 May 2015

Peter Burnell (1942-1987)

I admit it. from time to time I search the internet for lost loves.

& I discoverd these old interviews with Peter:

24 May 2015

actors & age

Lois Wilson once told me that her studio insistd she never reveal her true age. "I lied abt my age so often I had to think just how old I really was" she sd.

that came to mind when I discoverd this online:

my friend Peter was actually born in 1942.

more art outside

Otto Dix

Arthur Yanoff
Ira Joel Haber

23 May 2015

in retirement

John Burroughs has just announced that Crisis Chronicles Press is retiring its first 10 titles.

I was honord that the press publishd Elyria so early in its history.

it was an important moment in my career. of course that version differs from what ended up in the Kindle version & then in Ohio Triangle. but I rather like that something of my process is on such display.

if you don't have Elyria this is yr last chance to purchase a copy. & if you don't have Ohio Triangle you have my sympathy.

21 May 2015

end of the trail

for the past 3 years one of my favorite activities has been hiking with members of the group. these hikes have been organizd by Jim Fusco.

yesterday was the last one. Jim is moving to Colorado in 2 weeks.

no one else has offerd to continue with the hikes.  probably because no one else has the combination of knowledge of places to go & the organizational skills behind pulling it off. I'll miss Jim. & I'll miss this activity.  but I wish Jim well in his new life.

20 May 2015

& then I rememberd

I'd written abt the COSMEP conference in that special issue of Intrepid.  so I found my copy. there was the picture I postd.  it's by Allen DeLoach   editor of the magazine.

also there was this:

it's poorly printd but in the upper right hand is Thompson & then next to him me & next to me Walker.

COSMEP meeting in Buffalo (1970)

just discoverd this photo online. this was the time Ginsberg bangd on my door calling my name (see my poem "I Say I Too Much").

& that's my friend George Thompson -- editor of Mt. Adams Review -- on the right. 

this is the j. Charles Walker poster for the reading George & I did at Blossom Center:

a picture & a poem

I'm working to finish the too-long-in-progress collection Territory of Men. close to the final cut of 50 poems. one which is among the final maybes is "On the Balcony of Hotel America" (1987).

& here is one more photo from the box of forgotten ones. it was taken that year in front of that hotel.

& if memory serves somewhere there is actually a shot taken on the balcony.

19 May 2015

sending Joan Blondell to Ruud Janssen

in the last post there is a reference to Icebox Beauties. when last I wrote here abt that piece I mentiond remembering one more photograph.

& it too surfaced in this last box.

18 May 2015

behind "Tape Downs"

a postcard series

petals from the daisy I placd between my toes for the photo of my feet
made for Christian Laporte

       sent to John Held Jr.     26 feb 99


some documentation:

among that box of photos I found the daisy (in the small vase my partner pilferd from The Mark) on top of my frig.

& between my toes.  I no longer recall which piece of Christian Laporte's I did that for.

here is what a wrote in a book I was keeping abt the pieces I was doing at that time.

& a not-so-hot shot of the actual postcard sent to John.

the whole piece can be seen here.

from the archives

celebrating Poe's birthday at his grave in Baltimore in 1993

16 May 2015

wearing Jerry's

also from the box are these travel shots of me wearing my Jerry's Diner t-shirt.

this was taken somewhere in Greece:

& this in Cancun:

also from that last trip I have it on while climbing one of the pyramids:

that shirt (with the Jake Leed poem on the back) is now part of my collection at Kent State.

outside the box

this Cancun photo is one of my favorites:

so I was surprisd to find this variant in the collection of dupes & discards:

15 May 2015

James x 3

the box was left by my last partner. most of the photos are duplicates of ones in my albums. those that aren't I think I rejectd at the time because they simply weren't good photos. however with the passage of time I now see them as historical records even if they fail as photography.

Broughton (1986)

Stewart (1989)

Ellroy (1990)


a whole box of forgotten photos.

this was taken at Mac's Backs in 1992.  I'm reading from A Gathering of Poets. & yes that's Daniel Thompson who also read.

B. B. King (1925-2015)

first heard him at Blossom Music Center in 1969