Monday, February 8, 2016

My Weekend versus The Superbore








 "Tell them a hookah-smoking caterpillar
has given you the call"

 RIP Paul Kantner 

Whom I saw perform back in the peak years
And sat tables with at the Old Waldorf where
He alone of the SF Sound band-members
 Turned up for new wave shows like the Brains
"Money Changes Everything", but not Paul Kantner


  In loyalty to their kind
They cannot tolerate our minds,
In loyalty to our kind
We cannot tolerate their obstruction




 








The Flaneur hikes and climbs,
he plays no team sports, 
attends no games, and watches no sports TV
He considers himself a sportsman
Unlike the human bean-bags who sit and consume calories
While they consume sports media and sports merch
And never play sports themselves







The B stands for Beast machine
 Having the stupid-bowl in towns surrounding us
Seems to attract macho manifestations





 1.
Saturday in Berkland



 Well, Happy Chinese New Year,
Mardi Gras 2016, Saint Valentines Day, etcetera
To you too, Bride of Frankenstein







 We're through the Looking Glass now, my dears



 Winter's gone
Spring is near



 Let's follow Alive
Down the rabbit's hole


 

As the afternoon wore on, 
Wonderland,
Winter is gone
Spring is here






And we're all mad as hatters







 Here in toon town






 2.
Sunday in Oakland




The Port was idyllic in seventy degree sunshine
And there were but a few soulful souls in sight





 The Old Oakland train station
Everyone gone to the moon





 Deserted,
Ghost town  lovers



I came back down to the Jack London theater after dark
After a zucchini, broccoli, carrot, and onion, and cheese omelet
With fried sweet potato coins
and some whole-wheat Nan
The film I saw was "The Revenant" 
Sort of a B-movie revenge plot with
Superfluous spirits and dreams
Mainly a survival-in-extremis classic
With utterly beautiful landscape cinematography
And the bear attack which made me hide my eyes
Thrilling film, but it leaves one a bit sad









4-5 February 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sweet Adeline






We begin on Shattuck,
A magnificent coniferous survival
Amid drought and automobile traffic




The Flaneur returns to an antique byway,
Come take a walk with me
in an old-fashioned picture book






 The absurdity of petty fascist insignia





 Wags call it 
Funky Odor Yoga





Intrusion of the Marvelous
An enigmatic planetoid
Hovering over daily life





 The planetary entity recedes
In the rear-view mirror
Of our biological space craft




Would-be Picasso




 Demonic car dealership




 Lax baby labor laws



 That gives a hand o' thine




Twilight zonal
Arts and Crafts Lamp




 The sidewalk made of glass



Erzulie looks out at passersby





Ashby BART lot by dusk


4 February 2016

Return to the Berkeley Art Museum (Part two)



Part two


 Signage Mileage
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM - PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE


Impressive, commanding


Monumental, spectacular
 

In double-wide cinema-scope
 Dig the guy in the little squirrel hole cafe






 Do the sidewalk stalk
Just like Howard Hawks,
The Pacific Film Archive




As viewed from the al fresco tables
of Bongo Burger


Your correspondent le bon Flaneur
Making the scene







Off again 
Blossoming



4 February 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Return to the Berkeley Art Museum (Part one)








Second day open for business 
Another free admission day




Screen Life





 When you enter this venerable walk way
 You know see a screen

 


 No more unmediated 
meditations on the lawn





Eyes on pedestrians and deadly autos
The way
 of the world





 Look who's coming to town,
Look at that face,
He knows when you are sleeping



He will bring happiness in a pipe
 Right away
On his silver bike





 The former future
Flowing images from 
What was formerly the past



 The Leviathan




I suppose I'll permit it to swallow me  in 






 Inside the Leviathan



 


Figurative forest





 He was huge




 Industrialisimo






 Someone naturally build a corrugated metal shed





 Noir Primitif


 Artificial Intelligence


 This reminded me of photographs I've seen
Of webs spun by spiders on LSD




When they achieve discorporate preservation
of  individual consciousness,
This is what it will look like




 Architectonic



 Industrial stairwell in orange












 Art History made easy



 What most people throughout 
Most of history would recognize as art
Appears mainly via screen




Appropriately, the Film Study center





   Familiar white spaces
    Capacious and ample







 The Sublime








 Gautama



Marcel Duchamp






 Totem and taboo














Part two


 A Mile of Signage
BERKELEY ART MUSEUM - PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE


Impressive, commanding


Monumental, spectacular
 

In double-wide cinema-scope
 Dig the guy in the little squirrel hole cafe






 Do the sidewalk stalk
Just like Howard Hawkes
The Pacific Film Archive




As viewed from the al fresco tables
of Bongo Burger

Your correspondent le bon Flaneur
Making the scene







Off again 
Blossoming



4 February 2016