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24 to Harwood and Cropsy: No Road Back Home — #1   Leave a comment

Lummi & MCLACThomas R. Turner (May 23, 1942–November 13, 2014) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This posting is the first of several I will be sharing from a long poem written by Tom
sometime around 1980 after his wife left him. Today is the fifth anniversary of his death.

24 to Harwood and Cropsy: No Road Back Home
(Taken from a Brooklyn Bus Rough and the Title of a Blues Album.)

Standing above me in Smith's room 
Awkwardly looking down through a clipped hesitancy 
Our lives came together. 
TURNER 
With all the ambiguity that last name usage implies 
Was what she called me. 
Mannerisms of ingenuousness and a tendency toward the atypical 
Bespoke your ambiance  
                                     (Ineffably I wanted Her) 

That voice - 
Falsetto 
Laced in bursts of Peter's guffaws 
Seemed contrived with a dreamed-of authenticity.  

                                      (Your mouth, my love,the
                                       thistle in the kiss?) 

From within mutually cancelling 
Vignettes of naturalness and gender-cliche' 
She kissed through closed lips of 
Pristine openness. 
Innocently I loved. 

Through summer notes of vulnerability 
Together we embraced an entangled growth of uncertainty  

                                       (Our fictions were tempered in
                                        a painful and inward time) 

Desperate needs equivocated against ordained directions and 
Dead-end holdings of night-bakery-work. 
Even then yours wasn't other-directed but 
A need to keep the Self-absorption of your Ann Arbor soul on a 
Pedastal of conforming difference. 
Eliptically we lived in the interstices 
Between an illusion of  
Fulfillment and letters etched with 
"Know what?"

 

Gary Clark Jr.   Leave a comment

Gary & Diunna blog.jpgSeventeen Year Old Gary Clark Jr. with Diunna Greenleaf (September 2001) — Image by kenne

We first saw Gary Clark Jr. live when he was 16 at the Cactus Moon in Humble, Texas. Our next opportunity was several months later in September of 2001 he played with Diunna Greenleaf at the Hermann Park Pavilion in Houston, Texas. This tall skinny kid from Austin, Texas, was a pleasure to listen to knowing we were witnessing the future of the blues. Over the years since then, we have followed him as his music has become a fusion of blues, rock, and soul music.

His latest album, This Land, includes a song written to his mother titled “Pearl Cadillac.” Last night we watched several times his latest video, which is “Pearl Cadillac. On his website, Gary writes about his first use of 35mm b&w film;

“We bought all of the film in the US to make this happen. Clément, the director, was really passionate about this story and so he did his thing in telling the story of Pearl Cadillac. I Just tried not to waste the film.”

“The music is Prince, the voice is Marvin Gaye, and the guitar is Albert King, and yet with all his influences, GCJ still has one of the most original sounds out there.” (Comment on YouTube.)

 

Posted November 12, 2019 by kenneturner in Information

Hello Little Friend   Leave a comment

Desert Museum-9806-art-72Photo-Artistry by kenne

Hello little friend
attend to what you hunger
be true to yourself.

— kenne

 

Welcome Home   1 comment

Welcome-72-2.jpgWelcome Home– Image by kenne

And as I turn home where
I know you are already awake,
Wandering slowly through the house
Searching for me, I can suddenly
Hear my own footsteps crunching
The simple astonishing news
That we are here,
Yes, we are still here.

— from “Dawn Walk” by Edward Hirsch

 

Butterfly Photo-Artistry   1 comment

Butterfly-art-72.jpgPainter Lady — Photo-Artistry by kenne

This painted lady
Flying over the landscape
Found me attractive.

— kenne

 

Sabino Canyon Crawler Has Arrived   2 comments

Sabino Canyon Crawler-72.jpgSabino Canyon Crawler — Image by kenne

After many years of noise and smoke, a shuttle service for visitors debuted Saturday.
T
he emission-free electric shuttles will operate hourly on the Sabino Canyon route between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The 
service eventually will have five of the open-air vehicles capable of carrying up to 60 passengers.

— kenne

I-10 In West Texas   1 comment

I 10 B-W (1 of 1)-72I-10 In West Texas — Image by kenne

I-10 —
A road
That never leads
To nowhere.

— kenne

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