From a series of recent paintings…..

E’s Elegy — November, 2020

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For Anne, 1963-2015


Untitled; MPW, 2020 (watercolor)


Still you come to me sister

two or three times a week

in this blue water

as lifting my head I catch

the phantom blur of you

at the edge of the pool,

your body pitched forward,

waiting for the exact moment

I pass, alone as I am now

in this solitude,

my dull repetitive turning, arms mowing,

face down, face up, braced

for the briefest flick of something

like your fingertips

to graze my calf, right or left,

it doesn’t matter if you make for me

pleasure or pain, the imagined

feel of your nearness skirting my

numbness is enough,

wanting as I do what might be glimpsed

of you at the edge

where water meets


                                  (for Anne, 1963-2015)

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Mid-August Garden View


This view of my garden needed some language, as did the quote below need an image (copied months ago in my sketchbook)–a quote which argues for a pre-language state of active contemplation.  There are days, these past months (years), when working in the garden has been my sanity.

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(“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perception, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.  How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of ‘green’?  How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye?  How aware of variations in heat waves can that eye be?  Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of color.  Imagine a world before “in the beginning was the word”.”   Stan Brakhage; fr. Metaphors on Vision)

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2 Zu

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So Long the Rest

"...Let the whiteness of bones atone to forgetfulness.."

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