Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BEAUTY: Painting--Jordan Buschur

Jordan Buschur paints stacks of books as if he were the love child of Francis Bacon and Wayne Thiebaud! There is a nice geometry and safety with books (they hold and safeguard information), but here they seem haphazard and lumped together. A nice juxtaposition...

Top to bottom: An Outline; Complete Guides; How To Be; No Thank You; Options Open; Possible Potentials; Step One; Weight


Monday, April 20, 2015

In old Savannah...

I just returned from a wonderful visit to Savannah, Georgia, city of lush squares and parks, monuments, moss, and shrimp and grits. Although I have been to Georgia many times, it was my first trip to Savannah and it was a wonderful surprise to see a modern, vital city with its roster of international students attending Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and its hipsters and Bohemian hippies spearheading a wonderful organic and sustainable food and lifestyle movement. But the Southern roots are visible in every inch of the city where each square boasts grand mansions and enough Colonial history to make even Boston jealous.

I'd like to thank, as always, my dear friend, the beautiful and generous Sherry Page for not only putting together another outstanding Culinary Getaway but for sharing her home state and her childhood memories with us. I also want to thank the culinary legacy and spirit of Mrs. Wilkes; The Savannah Bee Company for a delightful and eye-opening mead tasting; the staff at Alligator Soul for a delicious meal (which did actually include alligator!); James Beard Featured Chef Peter Russo of 700 Kitchen Cooking School at the Mansion on Forsyth Park for his kindness, enthusiasm, and expert knowledge; Brian Torres of FORM for an exquisite five course meal with pitch-perfect wine pairings...and the best cheesecake I have had in my entire life; the staff at Clary's Cafe for their hospitality and a delicious Southern-style breakfast; the historic Gryphon Tea Room; Sherry's sister Lea Ann for making the hour and a half trek (!) to bring us barbecue from Ware's Bar-B-Q in Swainsboro (they were the best ribs I have ever had, and the Brunswick Stew was a new dish to me!); and the charming Greg Butch, co-owner of Elizabeth on 37th for taking such good care of us.

It was all a lovely experience. Thank you so much!

Seen In Savannah

"Rather the dew on the window of" by Robert Montgomery

In honor of National Poetry Month, here is "Rather the dew on the window of" by Robert Montgomery:

Rather the dew on the window of
the castle than the castle itself
Rather the flight of the bird
Rather burned than captured

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Poetry of Rock n' Roll: "Breaking Glass"

To observe National Poetry Month, I have been featuring lyrics of rock n' roll or pop songs that also double as exquisite poetry (previously here and here).

Here is David Bowie's fantastic, brief, enigmatic tale "Breaking Glass" from his 1977 album "Low," part of his Berlin Trilogy.

"Breaking Glass"
by David Bowie

Lately, I've been
breaking glass
in your room again.

Don't look at the carpet:
I drew something awful on it.

You're such a wonderful person.
But you got problems.
I'll never touch you.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"California Highway Conditions Report"

In honor of National Poetry Month, I am posting new work by myself every Wednesday (previously here).
Here is "California Highway Conditions Report."

California Highway Conditions Report

Motorists are advised that the following conditions may be encountered:

A black ice advisory is in effect. Use caution when taking curves in this windy mountainous area as vehicles may hit patches of black ice, fishtail, spin, and ram head first into a muddy hillside, snapping the front grate yet somehow, miraculously, leaving intact the front bumper, headlights, tires, and hood. Unusually kind teenaged boys in blue suits who witness this and stop to offer assistance are available.

Southbound 1 mile before the 680 junction: Traffic is subject to smoke under the hood and stalling engines leading to the discovery of fires caused by faulty heat shields which may engulf entire front halves of vehicles. Drivers may be notified of a recall relating to defective heat shields via US MAIL up to six months after their vehicles have been destroyed, effectively narrowing down any chance of legal action against the automobile manufacturer.

Southbound at the Devil’s Slide area between 5937 and 5975 California Coastal Trail: Vehicles with drivers suffering from depression are prohibited as they may entertain suicidal thoughts of driving off the cliff road and plunging into the Pacific Ocean far below.

Southbound 1 mile before Larkspur Drive exit #41: Motorists are advised to expect phone calls from their mothers asking for understanding of and support in the decision to stop their chemotherapy and radiation for brain tumors. Drivers are advised to take the Larkspur Drive exit and pull to the shoulder to receive this news.

Northbound approach to the Golden Gate Bridge: Traffic is subject to views of post-earthquake fires destroying the Marina District of San Francisco. Drivers are urged to use caution not to become frozen with fear by the unholy orange glow against the lightless black city.

Southbound at Stage Road 1 mile north of San Gregorio State Beach: Night time conditions in winter may include a breathtaking view of a silvery-white valley to the left, bathed in full moonlight, still, hills sparkling with frost.

© JEF 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BEAUTY: Man--Luca Sguazzini

I have been a fan of the beard for a while now but my first love was with long hair. And for the love of all that's hirsute, model Luca Sguazzini has both in glorious abundance...*sigh*


Monday, April 13, 2015

"The Saddest Poem I Have Ever Written" by Debbie Millman

In honor of National Poetry Month: "The Saddest Poem I Have Ever Written" by Debbie Millman. From her "Illustrated Essays" series.

I am quite overcome by this piece.