Category Archives: France

Boy with the Hood

This installation at the Barnes Collection in Philadelphia, by the French artist Mohamed Bourousissa, grew out of his time with the Fletcher Street Riding Club, one of the few black, urban stables in the United States. The panels, printed on … Continue reading

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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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We is I, I is We

Children play in the confessional: We is I and I is We.  There are problems with canes and crutches always, as prostheses discarded are reclaimed on Mondays. Nous rendons grace a … But the chantier fund needs chanting up. No … Continue reading

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Annette Messager at Villa Medici

These are two of the installations of French artist Annette Messenger now showing at the Villa Medici in Rome. At first they appear conventionally grasp-able, even softly lovable. But as they draw you into them, your presumption of familiarity evaporates, … Continue reading

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Imaginary places dream me

. It can’t be 30 years since I walked in these tables. Yes, it can – my sleeping brain in same body only without burning dreams. Kiss me – wake me again and want me, story me.

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ghosts of politics past

. Amazing how the battlefields of Gettysburg where 51,000 died in three days of hell attract picnickers and ‘re-enactors,’ when they could go to Iraq or Syria. Astonishing the statues of Jeanne d’Arc who threatened the Hussites with death for … Continue reading

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Some days you just feel kind of blanched

. Some days I feel blanched, parboiled, out of it, like a hard-boiled egg would be a promotion. What whiteness I carry around in my puffy little head! What did I just say? My frills beguile me when I turn … Continue reading

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What are all the tools for?

“When you see a fish you don’t think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water… If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give … Continue reading

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Restaurant review: Le Georges, Centre Georges Pompidou

. This is the men’s room at “Le Georges,” a trendy restaurant atop the Pompidou Center in Paris. Other reviewers show you the dining room or beautiful dishes, but you will probably use the restroom. Here it is. And pretty … Continue reading

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Double d’Huez Day

. This picture — that’s how I feel after watching Christophe Riblon track down Tejay van Garderen at the end of the latter’s amazing solo breakaway on the hardest stage of the Tour de France ever. Amazingly, there were no … Continue reading

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