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Since the beginning

March 5, 2010

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“Since the beginning of man, the hours between the coming of night and the coming of sleep have belonged to the tellers of tales and the makers of music.” ~ Performer Walter Craft’s business card (I recall Walter telling me that some crazy-looking fellow came up to him on the streets of New Orleans and […]

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Japanese Love Affair

March 3, 2010

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A couple of years ago, when I first began hanging out with the Mercer Street irregulars after a magical Clementines gig at The Room Upstairs in Princeton, W.Va., I fell in love.

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I live by Miracle…

March 2, 2010

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The Ancient of Days by William Blake (a k a God as an Architect) “… As to Myself, about whom you are so kindly interested, I live by Miracle. I am painting small Pictures from the Bible. For as to Engraving, in which art I cannot reproach myself with any neglect, yet I am laid […]

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The First Album

February 26, 2010

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Let us pause for a moment, those of us of a certain age, and consider. How much things have changed from “Tea for the Tillerman” to iTunes downloads.

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Neruda before sleep

February 22, 2010

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A little Neruda is always a lot. Here is the ending third of  “Sonata con algunos pinos” (“Sonata with some pine trees”). You’ll find the full poem in “Extravagaria.” … what justifies not being? where did other people take you? It is good to have a change of clothes of skin of hair of work […]

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Blogging = Streaking

February 21, 2010

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Blogging considered as streaking. “I’ve got a blog now, but I suspect they’re becoming like modern poetry: more of us write them than read them.”

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3 Italian Tattoos

February 17, 2010

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I would also recommend knowing a bit more Italian than I did before negotiating tattoo prices in Rome. A tale of three tattoos in Rome in Summer 2008.

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Giovanna e Angiolino

February 15, 2010

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In loving memory of my Italian forbears, I offer this YouTube video. I will know I have honored them better when my Italian improves beyond just understanding the curses.

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Blessed unrest

February 15, 2010

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I felt the need to hunt down this quote by Martha Graham today. “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening, that is translated through you into action – and because there is only one of you, in all time, this expression is unique…You have to keep open and aware, directly to the urges […]

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The observant fellow

February 14, 2010

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“On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points; who whispers as he whispered to me that summer morning..”

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