Tuesday, November 13, 2018

PRESENT CONDITIONS ~









————————————




One Month Later


My mouth still moves

around language



that baffles me alive.

My vision blurs



but wherever I look

a world wakes.



I sit for hours

chanting in silence



the name of each thing

attached to each shadow



waving slowly

over white stucco.



——————————

Joseph Massey
Present Conditions
Hollyridge Press
Venice, California
2018






Monday, November 12, 2018

HEAVEN LAKE (7) ~









Service Worker






He comes

home

after a long

day at work

and she says



you smell

like gas

like oil

like I don't

know what



he says, I work

with gas

oil

and some-

times I'm



not even sure

what, but

there it is

and it's

on me



when I go

to people's

homes and

they are

nervous and



waiting for me

they say

can't you

smell it

the gas?



I say no I

smell your cat

what you're

cooking, what's

been lost on



your rugs, so

when you smell

gas when you

smell oil you


smell me







Two-Cents





funny how those

that don’t know



are the loudest

to tell you what



they do know

which is what



they don’t know







We All Lost Money






It all started when our son’s drunk pal rolled our car

We all lost money

The drunk lost his license for almost two years

Couldn’t leave the state neither

Sweetheart said, “At least it’s a beautiful state”

“Maybe at your age”, young drunk quipped back

Too stupid to realize how at his age Sweetheart

Cut timber, snowshoed to the road, slept by lamplight

And lived with me doing all of this while

Listening now to one more dwarf selfish thought



Afterwards, all our vehicles bottomed out

Machines went jerky

All we did was travel to & fro seeking repairs

We heard the geese fly over once while crossing a parking lot

We waited to pay in a dollar store for

Two pairs of warm socks, some tights and

A Mickey and Minnie Mouse nite-lite

For supper Sweetheart cut up an apple into white slices

Sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar

It was something I waited for








Shadow






Seaside —

boat in the yard

bigger than the house







—————————
Bob Arnold
Heaven Lake

Longhouse 2018







Saturday, November 10, 2018

JUST A MAN ~













WEEGEE ~







A fine and important biography with a strong index, robust notes,
 and an author who digs deep into the ground of Weegee's
era (30's-60's) with a terrific ear and writing style for street
journalism. 










Friday, November 9, 2018

JEAN MOHR ~






Mr. Mohr after a preview for the news media of an exhibition of his work in Geneva in March. He built his reputation shooting photographs for aid groups like the Red Cross and the World Health Organization and collaborated on books with John Berger and Edward W. Said.
CreditSalvatore Di Nolfi/EPA, via Shutterstock























DYLAN'S 100 ~






I don't know about you —
but I don't walk away from a book
with this much fun




Rowman &
Littlefield
2013







Monday, November 5, 2018

HEAVEN LAKE (6) ~










Before & After The Tornado

                                 (Oklahoma)




he had 7 or 8 horses —

now he has 1 horse

and no shirt









Mechanics






rusty hinge

mousetrap

won’t do







Fortune Cookie






All things


being

equal


hardly

ever


happens







Those






every

mon-


ster

leaves


a

trail






—————————
Bob Arnold
Heaven Lake
Longhouse 2018













Sunday, November 4, 2018

GOD'S LITTLE BIRDS ~











UNPACKING MY LIBRARY (ARTISTS) ~






A great little series
that has taken off

The artists:
Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller
Billy Childish
Mark Dion
Tracey Emin
Theaster Gates
Wangechi Mutu
Martin Parr
Ed Ruscha
Carrie Mae Weems


Yale University Press
2017






Saturday, November 3, 2018