Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Window-shopping on Buy Nothing Day

Trickle down time

The Day after Thanksgiving in the USA
Buy Nothing Day
Some call it Black Friday,
of even African-American Friday
a day of both dissent and
of excessive materialism

Grand Ave in Oakland

The Day of the Dead
and the death blow election
hung like an unhappy specter
over the city

The seasons change
in front of my eyes

Shock and awe
the first strike is the deepest

Hey I'd rather have voted
for Snake Pleskin
than the putative "winner"

If my son came home
 looking like this...

I'd hide his car keys

 That's more like it, babe

The Europeans gave the natives
their first drink

And from them the Europeans
learned to smoke tobacco,
A mutual exchange
of Trojan Horses

Stop the petro-monsters
from destroying life,
Clean air and water are
 our most basic rights

 Grand traverses
the head of the estuary

 Days when you
seem to
drift away

Life is transmuted

Glamour doll

 Even looks like Dennis Hopper

 The trees rustle
a rattling laugh

The Tarot
was taciturn

Turning to Alchemy
and things that explode

 Old Man Winter
was then on his way

Beyond here
lie the Dead

25 November 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Berkeley Arts Orbit

Almost typed obit
instead of orbit

Colorful folks in transit

Coming to Berkeley

 What the ...?
 Oh, that's right
1967 was fifty years ago,
The Establishment feels safe
co-opting the cultural revolution

A big banana split of LGBTetc.
public relations is useful too

LED Magritte

Bongo carpet
Bongo Burger


Warhol skull
by RAY

Warhol skull original
It was requested that
I abstain from photographing
in this gallery at this point
Fair use, Andy Foundation
My image is a new work

A lot of Asian art
here nowadays

Serene pose

 Folk art pet shop
accessorize your animal

Starting to dematerialize

 Beach boys' big dick contest

Nairobi gay bar
works by a contemporary queer
 African artist

Another treatment of this painting,
the beach boys are male prostitutes

My treatment of this Buddha
resulting in a more arresting image
than did the artifact in person

This earth artist based her work
on her hour-glass figure

Forming 3-D impact impressions of her body
some in sand washed away by waves
many of a more lasting fabrication

I was again asked
to desist in photographing her gallery,
I think she fell or was thrown
from a tall building in NYC

From Goddard's "Sympathy for the Devil 1 + 1"
a film of the Rolling Stones recording the song
Scarcely shown when it was first released,
we once drove from Amherst
 to Providence to see it

A riparian adventure

Bringing it back
concealed inside my skull

The Battle of Algiers
I check the street before
 leaving my abode

Magenta squash

 Patronize your local

billboard on Telegraph

 Grigory Rasputin
the Russian aristocrat who shot him
claimed he rose again from the deathlike
so the shot him again and buried him post haste

 Day after the wildest rain storm
that lasted for days,
the flowers and bees
 were back in business

Curbside folk art
right beneath the bee bushes

 Rendering of the forthcoming BART plaza
Looks like a rather large outdoor latrine
in the making


Winter trees
in Civic center park

The high school drama department
paints the title of their current offering
on the wall of the school,
An old-fashioned play
from the previous century

Dreary days

along the High School

the much-ballyhooed
BAMPFA LED billboard
is on the fritz

January-February 2017