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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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Pigneto Street Art

A wonderful off-the-beaten-path neighborhood of Rome. This is not graffiti.  These are not taggers. It is organized and, surprise to me,  adds to the community, which is home to a spectrum of socialist through anarchist views.

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. No one is to be blamed for the way they laugh, of course. It is assumed to be an unconscious form of consciousness, so also a permissible glimpse of the private person. We think “Oh, of course, he laughs … Continue reading

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Hot Shower on a Hot Day

. Sometimes a hot shower on a hot day is just what I need, sweating when I enter, sweating and clean when I emerge. Going to a job interview once, I forgot my tie, felt sharp eyes, I got the … Continue reading

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Enzo Mari, allegoria della morte

. Brion Gysin in the sawmill, William Burroughs at the window: Even a snowflake on the hearth has a better chance of epiphany. It’s about “method,” isn’t it? Having none is just a default to the biological, as the newspaper … Continue reading

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Waiting in line is like waiting in line

Someone once said there was a Zen to waiting in line. Maybe it was me. The trick is to empty the mind, become one with humanity around you. What is life, after all, but waiting? Why do we live, except … Continue reading

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Sonia and Robert Delaunay : They got it round.

I loved their work when I was 15, and then became too sophisticated for it. Orphism, with the big O. But I came back. I sat on the O’divan. What a pair of improbables, what pleasure in their geometric innocence. … Continue reading

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Monet at the Hermitage

That last Monet, purple-reddish fields levitating between green poplars pulsating against a blue sky well, it grabbed me, reminded me for the upteenth time this year how far off my plan of living closer to nature I have gone. I’m … Continue reading

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