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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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. Growth: not so straight ahead, always. We forget that. The twists along the way: we lose jobs, we lose lovers, and loves. We change towns, or countries. We wake up one morning and everything looks terrible, but a month … Continue reading

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Driving home in an old truck, listening to Patsy Cline on the radio

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Edward Abbey, 1927 – 1989

” Why the Southwest?” ” Because it’s clean.” ” How domestic.” “I like the simplicity of the landscape. It soothes my nerves. I like the local beer. Coors. A-1” “How plebeian.” ” I like the men and women who have … Continue reading

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“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.”

So said Steve McQueen. Sometimes I agree. But sometimes I wonder if he ever visited New York, Paris, or Rome. The brothers who popularized that quote, Renny and Terry Russell (in On the Loose) never sourced it. It is also … Continue reading

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Bryce Canyon

I once slept outside here in March, under the mistaken impression that it would be warmer than Salt Lake because I was in “southern” Utah. Brrrr. I was eighteen then. Bryce is high, and there is no vegetation to hold … Continue reading

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Little Cottonwood Canyon, 1970

Other people’s fires smell so good when late at night I pull into the garage imagining them reading or drinking cabernet, maybe a fire on the mountain flickering light in cold, as domestic as sharp pine in my nostrils. Did … Continue reading

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License plates for fun, hobby, art, and fetish

When I moved to Utah back in college, I met a guy who used his old plates as, well, you wouldn’t call it art — although his father was a painter and had started this family habit — but as … Continue reading

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Hite Crossing, Utah

In the old days the pioneers named spontaneously the places that they settled. Their initial anger, passion, laughter, irreverence, or quixotic associations are reflected, particularly in the West, in names such as Calamity Mesa, Hailstone, and Dandy Crossing. The folk … Continue reading

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Mormon Country, “Boy Wonder”

“Then there were the Mormon girls, incandescent with inner goodness and hot to procreate, if only you joined the Church. They had strict rules about sexuality, and naive, fumbling hands. Trying to get my tongue between their milk-and-honey lips was … Continue reading

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