The Little Ghost   Leave a comment

One of my favorite blog sites.

Frank Hudson

Tom Rapp is a singer-songwriter whose work I love, and whose 1972 joint setting of a Shakespeare and a Sara Teasdale poem is one of the inspirations for this project. Rapp had a favorite story about the earliest days of his overlooked career: while still a child he entered a talent contest in Minnesota. The story varies. He may have performed an Elvis Presley song. He finished second or third. Another Minnesota singer, a similarly young Bobby Zimmerman,* finished fifth. The Zimmerman kid eventually went on to have a career that outpaced Rapp’s.

But then, Rapp would always add, it was a baton twirler who finished first.

American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay is another poet who began writing and publishing early, sending poems to magazines when she was still a teenager. At age 20 she submitted one of her grander early poems to a literary magazine’s 1912 poetry contest…

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To Make Soft . . .   Leave a comment

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To Make Soft . . .

Words,
words have feelings

Feelings,
feelings are everything

Struggling,
struggling to share feelings

Placing,
placing petitions of desire

Door,
door of your heart

Shut,
shut not the door

Love,
love will concur

Scorn,
scorn not what we do

Looking,
looking for peace of mind

Truth,
truth will set us free

Explaining,
explaining not what is real

Complicated,
complicated for the weak

Knowing,
knowing not our time to go

Lifetime,
lifetime is no time at all

— kenne

DeGrazia Music Room, Gallery In The Sun   1 comment

“I want to be notorious rather than famous. Fame has too much responsibility. People forget you are human.”
– Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia

DeGrozia GalleryDeGrazia Music Room at The Gallery of The Sun — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Ted DeGrazia earned two undergraduate degrees — one in music education, one in fine art and a master’s of fine arts. Known as Arizona’s most prolific artist, it is understandable that most people may not be aware of his shared dual passions for art and music.  Both helped him pay his way through college, painting during the day and leading his big band at night at Tucson’s Fox Theater.

His love of music was passed on to his son, Domingo DeGrazia, who today has his own band, the Domingo DeGarzia Spanish Guitar Band. We first saw Domingo and his band perform at the annual festival, La Fiesta de Guadalupe at the Gallery of the Sun.

Domingo DeGarzia’s Spanish Guitar Band

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Slideshow — La Fiesta de Guadalupe at the Gallery of the Sun (December 18, 2016)
— Images by kenne

 

Maintaining Sanity   3 comments

Tom Turner 2-Edit-1-72Tom Turner, a Rainy Day on the Seattle Waterfront (June, 2000) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

(These quotes were among Tom’s handwritten notes.)

“A person becomes a writer because they’re deficient. They have problems. They’re crazy. They have unhappy families. They’re eccentric. And not because they’ve read a lot of books necessarily, but on the contrary — maybe they haven’t read enough books. There’s a strong irrationality about the writing life. Often a writer writes just to maintain their sanity. The way an addict needs to perform a certain ritual of mainlining, a writer kind of has to do it in order to keep his or her head on straight.”

— Paul Theroux

“The whole content of my being shrieks in contradiction against itself.”

— Kierkegaard 

Arizona Highways — Ted DeGrazia   3 comments

In June of 2019, the Arizona Highways had a special issue, “The Legacy of Arizona’s
Prolific Artist,” Ted DeGrazia. And why not, it was Arizona Highways the discovered Ted
DeGrazia and put him on stage. His work appeared in more the 60 issues of Arizona
Highways. The June issue celebrates the 110th birthday of Arizona’s most prolific artist.

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Even before moving to Tucson in 2010, I was aware of and love Ted DeGrazia’s work.
We live only a few miles from DeGrazia’s Gallery In The Sun, the campus of which sets
up against the Santa Catalina Mountains on Tucson’s northeast side.

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Over the last decade, we have visited the Gallery In The Sun several times, this blog has eleven postings.

DeGrazia Slideshow by kenne

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Look at what we’ve done – Kristiana Reed   Leave a comment

As poetry should, this poem makes you imagine and think. — kenne

FREE VERSE REVOLUTION

Imagine it’s the night before

the end of the world as we know it:

airstrikes are landing like lightning

and fires are raging

to the pace of frightened, broken hearts.

 

Time is no longer waiting;

acting before we’ve even opened our weary eyes

to the damage we’ve been wreaking

whilst pretending, like in this poem,

that we would even know if it was

the night before the end of the world.

 

All of us need saving

but I’m not even sure we’re worthy

of rescuing anymore.

 


 

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Kristiana Reed is a writer and an English Teacher living in the UK. She is the creator of My Screaming Twenties and sole editor of Free Verse Revolution on WordPress. She  released her debut poetry collection, Between the Trees, in Spring 2019. Her work has been published in several…

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I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

— Abraham Lincoln

Once Upon a Time....

~This is a telling time, a time to consider consequences as there are worse things to come; if those that are keen with pen and paper fail to support right from wrong. ~ Karen Dowdall

“In every age it has been the tyrant…wrapped in the cloak of patriotism or religion to deceive and overawe the People”

~Eugene V. Debs

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~Thomas Jefferson

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.  ~Clarence Darrow

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. ~Bill Richardson

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.  ~Albert Camus

It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in…

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