all thoughts and traces (repost)

Living is the daily removal of dust
from various places
and beloved faces,
tending to years as if
we could hold them within
our ever-shrinking hands.

Fingers fold, hardening into
shepherd’s crooks.

Wiping away time becomes
tedious, more trouble than it’s worth,
in a season when keeping one’s eyes
open can be a tremendous struggle.

various places
beloved faces
leave them alone
all thoughts and traces


As We Fly

Orville Peck

Last night my sister treated me to an Orville Peck show at the Music Hall of Wiliamsburg.  He was fabulous!  
2019.October.15/Brooklyn, NY

You can check out his music video for “Dead of Night” at the link below.
Orville Peck-Dead of Night video


music hall of williamsburg

Made In Tokyo

Made in Tokyo

Yesterday, I attended the opening day of the Japan Society’s new exhibit, which compares the architecture of Tokyo during the 1964 and 2020 Summer Games.

The Japan Society is located at 333 East. 47th Street in New York City; the exhibit
will be open until January 26th, 2020.

Left: Official Exhibition poster
Right: Section from “Holes in the House” – this structure is a model of an actual house in Tokyo that was purchased and then redesigned by architects Mio Tsuneyama and
Fuminori Nousaki

untitled/October 2019

though it be stale and laced full of holes,
give us this day our daily bread,
for the shops are all closed and bakers
are home, sleeping quite soundly in
questionless beds

though it be moldy and lacking in taste,
give us this day our daily bread,
for the gut must be basted with something
homemade, before we are blessed with
freewheeling feasts

Donald and the Giant Peach


I was walking up East 10th Street this afternoon when I saw a baker sculpting an
unusual looking cake.  When I asked her what she was making, she said that it was
President Trump’s head stylized as a peach and that it was going to appear in a
television program.  As I walked away, I wondered if the cake has a mint
flavor./New York, NY-2019.October.06

UPDATE/October.07-This cake was being made for Joy Behar’s birthday.  It was
featured on The View this morning.  

277 5th Avenue


Tony S_4 by 6

Finnish artist Tony Sjöman works on an almost-finished mural, located on the fifth
floor of a new luxury residence at 277 5th Avenue. 

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to participate in a studio tour organized by the American Scandinavian Society.  Sjöman showed us several of his murals that are in walking distance from his studio.  We ended the tour by returning to his studio for a Q&A session and a few bubbly drinks.   A lovely time was had by all!
2019.September.28/New York City

viii am

Knee-deep in obscurity, a man of indeterminate middle age wearing
a mustard-colored mackintosh stands poised to answer the front door.

He’s politely swiped matchbooks from almost every bar that he’s been to.
Bewildered by orchards of anxiety, he builds bridges of sticks, one chain
at a time, whirling each piece between his thumb and forefinger before
setting it in place.

In a massacre of time and good taste, the man sips on his seventh
cup of instant coffee in two hours. Brimming with unease, jittery
hands make lilting loops in the morning light,

Farewell September
Welcome October