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Poem: “Goddess Dementia”

  Goddess Dementia By Patrick T. Reardon   Goddess Dementia, come, waltz with me down gray floors, along sour green walls, through Muzak air.   Undress me in my doorless room. One button at a time, unfasten my pajama top, unbutton the crotch of my bottoms. Slip the blue and white stripes off my purple-marbled legs with your prying fingers.   Come, waltz with me.   On cool sheets, I squirt…

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Poem: Bridge

  Bridge By Patrick T. Reardon   My first job landed on me like a ton of children on my four-hundred-and-twenty-eighth day.  It began with my brother.  Two sisters followed. Two more brothers. Eight more sisters.  The first leads, shepherds, guardians, models, corrects, parents, loves.  I watch in Burger King as the oldest girl has her eyes out for each of the four small ones. She…

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List: Ten albums

  I just finished one of those challenges on Facebook, this one wanting me on consecutive days to post an image of an album that influenced my musical taste, without comment. Here, in alphabetical order, is the full list, with a tiny comment for each: Hourglass, James Taylor --- mature, introspective folk music. John Wesley Harding,…

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Book review: “The Art of Guido Cagnacci” by Xavier X. Salomon

Xavier X. Salomon ends his short, beautifully produced, extravagantly illustrated 2016 book The Art of Guido Cagnacci by quoting two words from a letter that two Italian luminaries exchanged nearly a century after the artist’s death. Cagnacci (1601-1663), one of them said, had genio bizzarro — “bizarre genius.” And Salomon’s book, prepared in conjunction with an exhibit…

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