Category Archives: Avignon

KILLERS IN TUTUS

The best of the poems, photos, and meditations to appear on UPICTURE have now been collected in a book,  KILLERS IN TUTUS, available at Amazon.  Click here.  The cover photo appeared on November 2, 2012 in an essay on Fasching … Continue reading

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Everything we love is in the hands of its enemies

. “Be always drunken. Nothing else matters: that is the only question. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weighing on your shoulders and crushing you to the earth, be drunken continually.” –Baudelaire.

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Secret passage

. Everyone in Avignon knows this passage that cuts through and under the Palais des Papes. Many use it o often that they don’t even look up, when overhead there is a small wing of offices. This passage has moods. … Continue reading

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Avignon -The Card Players

. One of the fine things about art is the way that life imitates it. Take these habitués of the small cafe in the Avignon central market. They probably don’t know anything about Cezanne, who painted in nearby Aix, beyond … Continue reading

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Surveillance through a glass, benignly

. I have been working on a website for an undergraduate class on Surveillance, which sent me looking for ominous graphics that showed invading eyes, Big Brother, traffic cams — the lore of popular film and television. Of course they … Continue reading

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Lavender

. Lavender is a very satisfying plant to raise, though in peculiar ways. It is advertised for ‘full sun,’ but it grows in shade. Once you have it established, a gentle trim each fall, back to the basic shape you … Continue reading

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Pont d’Avignon, in the snow

“Les beaux messieurs font comme ça Et puis encore comme ça. Sur le pont d’Avignon L’on y danse, l’on y danse Sur le pont d’Avignon L’on y danse tous en rond. Les belles dames font comme ça Et puis encore … Continue reading

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Christmas snowstorn, Avignon, 2001

Taken in the courtyard of the Universite d’Avignon et Pays de Vaucluse, before they cut down the trees. It only snows in Avignon once every 8-9 years, and this was a big, wet,sticky kiss of winter. Merchants tried to sweep … Continue reading

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Lacoste School of the Arts, Vaucluse, France

Lacoste is over the mountain from Lourmarin, where I lived one year. It is famous as the location of one of the Marquis de Sade’s castles, but that is just a pile of rubble, although the dictates of tourism seem … Continue reading

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La Toussaint. Avignon, France. 2001

La Toussaint, November 1, 2001. Cimetière Saint Véran. I was in a somber mood, with 9/11 looming large in my rear-view mirror, and since I find solace in ritual I went along with neighbors to the big cemetery on the … Continue reading

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