By Robert Herbert
Buzzard pecks the glass pane that frames outsides.
He is pretty pissed about something.
I let him in, he beaksnaps my smoking jacket.
“Say something, you stupid bird, bogle me
less at such an hour as this, the gay sun
is still to galivant this way and you
should be nesting.” He perches on the shelf
for the poetry books and squawks, livid,
stomping now like a trooper. I could kill
him, and as I guage this ill, it becomes clear,
he is comparing the vague emptiness
of my bookshelves to a totalitarian regime.
He wants me to flail freestyle for freedom,
to scorn my propaganda in a false past,
to write better poems, that maybe outlast
links I like, I post, on Facebook, about David Graeber.
I think I know that fly
That fly followed us from our apartment
on W. 11th St
When I opened the door he flew right in
and when we left, he flew right out again
Followed us on the subway to Times Square
Took the Shuttle apparently
Followed us all the way through the tunnels
up the escalator and into Grand Central Station
Then down to Juniors in the food court below
where he joined us for lunch
the best Chicken Caesar Salad on the planet
So famous, even the flies know about it
We asked the waitress for an additional chair
but he took a seat on our pickle instead
“Oh, don’t worry,” we told her,
“we know him. He normally lives
“down in the Village”
The waitress eyed us suspiciously
“East or West?” she asked
“As if that mattered!” we said
Jerry Ratch has published 12 books of poetry, and the novel, Wild Dreams of Reality, and now the memoir, A Body Divided the story of a one-armed boy growing up in a two-fisted world. His work can be purchased through the author’s website: www.jerryratch.com He has had poems published in Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Louisville Review, Negative Capability, Nerve Cowboy, Slant, Voices, and many others.
MARTIN WITTFOOTH: The Passions
October 13 – November 12, 2011
Artist’s Reception Thursday, October 13th 6-8PM
The Passions, Martin Wittfooth’s first solo show in New York, is a contemporary exploration of sainthood, martyrdom, and religiosity that still dominates the ideological landscape of the modern world, and displays the prerequisite acts most often performed to attain such states of veneration such as violence, self-sacrifice, and suffering. In Western philosophy, “The Passions” refer to strong biologically driven emotional states that seduce one away from reason. Yet the term’s origin is to be found in the Latin word, “passio”, which means, simply, “suffering”. Consequently, the term is connected to the most famous act of martyrdom: the crucifixion of Christ.
COLLECTIVE BRIGHTNESS READING
Thursday, October 13 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Join editor Kevin Simmonds & 10 contributors for the NY launch of this groundbreaking anthology!
Reception:Thursday October 13th, 6-9pm
Exhibition October 13th – November 18th, 2011
Doug Jeck: “Early Works”
Thursday, October 13th – Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 2011 6 – 8pm
Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert are pleased to present “Early Works”, the first solo exhibition of Doug Jeck at Gasser Grunert gallery. Doug Jeck is a Seattle, Washington based artist whose sculptures are influenced by static physicality and historicity, with the human object at the center. His life-like sculptures are an amalgamation of clay, hair, concrete, fur and wood that explore Jeck’s perception of various early historical periods and figures.
Fruit and Babies
Meet the artist Thursday, May 12 @ 7:00
This series of paintings is inspired by the rich food culture of New Orleans and south Louisiana where I grew up. The plastic babies I depict are known as ‘King Cake Babies.’ They are placed inside King Cakes, a cinnamon filled pastry-like cake eaten during Mardi Gras season. Tradition has it that whoever gets the baby throws the next party. Growing up, we kids made a game of finding the baby in the cake. more…
Location: Dizzys, 511 9th Street, Brooklyn
Meet the Artist: Thursday, May 12 at 7:00
Show Dates: April 3 – August 6, 2011
From the Musicians~
After a very productive winter, are having a party to celebrate the release of the Enid Ellen “White Snake” music video by Giselle Zatonyl, with the priceless help from Stivan and the amazing ladies: Adrianne, Nina, Ariana and Ellen!
Please come and celebrate with us while we watch the video and Enid Ellen performs with opening performances by ADRIANE SCHRAMM (Church of Michael Jackson) and NICHOLAS GORHAM.
Hosted by the one and only Tina “LADY TANE” Donataccio!!! Get it girl!
Sound by Julian Brau of Suturee
Hope to see you all there!
Show begins at 7:30. FREE