Unlikely 2.0

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Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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Three Poems by Mark Kerstetter

State of the Union

I saw white five-pointed stars
spinning like bolts on a blue disc.
The disc was carried on a red whale's back.
The whale became an island.
The island grew into a planet,
and that planet one silver ball,
rotating in silence
over the foot of a bed
where a man lay wrapped
in his own bootstraps.

Dreaming America

Upside down
from land
to the possibility of a
double-sided page
but losing sight
of the nameable "land ho".
The grapes were proffered
in bunches in over-abundant
season after season
until the last dusty one
settled at the bottom
of No Man's Gorge.

Only child molesters
are allowed near small children
in this town
I lay me down
now I lay me down
into the four cornered
Mass Hallucination. I see
my own hand
slapping my face

Down the Rabbit Hole: Watching Lynch's Inland Empire, or Goodbye Kurt Vonnegut

It's hard these days to give a shit. It's harder to be someone who gives a shit and be recognized as a viable human being.
Everyone sat in rapt attention, silently for the most part (a few chuckles, a few gasps)—for three hours,
despite an absence of linearity (except a frustrated one) and a total lack of logic or rational order. That's an accomplishment.
like walking through a maze, or like an eye regarding a pile of scattered puzzle pieces, the viewer catches the fleeting illusion that some order is about to cohere—then it is snatched away.
At one point the poet—who was once criticized for treating poems as if they were paintings or musical compositions—asks, "where was I?", the gag being that he was in fact nowhere at all.
We never do find out
A lot of them are not verbal people, and are comfortable with the non-rational dimensions of life.
                                     if she wants to see she must fold a certain piece of cloth over, burn a hole into it, and look through the hole. When she does this she does not see anything revelatory or which contributes to the fleeting sense of coherence. It is simply another chamber of the rabbit hole. Nor does the cloth, the hole, and the act of looking through it seem to resonate with any other image, story or metaphor, unless it is the hole in the vaginal wall in the tale told by the idiot during the fury of her dying. While she is looking through the hole
                        a hole seems to be burning into the surface of the skin itself. For me it is the
            canvas, the page, the artist's work-table, the plane of construction, and also the hinge, the sounding board, the pivoting point where coherence promises to rebound from. This is where we will see through the cheap costumes and shabby sets, tear away the metaphors and get to reality.


                                     the Pole Witold Gombrowicz called it "interhumanity"
we can't have a Kurt Vonnegut today. He is known only because he came to the fore in the sixties, when people gave a shit.
redounding with images of moral ambiguity: people who aren't what they seem to be, who have evil motives or who are somehow coerced into committing evil acts. There are those who suffer from acts committed, but for the most part they suffer from acts that are about to be committed, and they don't know if they will be the one to commit them, or the victim. In the end it doesn't really matter—everyone is connected.

wondering if pieces were missing, or were we looking at the confused heap of intermixed
But there won't be any more Vonnegut novels. Another beacon of civilization come and gone. Toward the end of his life he said that Americans don't care anymore, that we're for the most part like alcoholics in denial, hanging on for one more day. We don't know how many more we'll have, we're just hanging on.
"Who am I? Some day I'm going to find out." We are all in this together, all asleep, all dreaming.
This time, as we watch, we are participating in the dream. It is we who are asleep.
We remain bathed in nonsense.

Game Over.

Stopping and lucidly looking around at what we're doing to the world and to each other is not an option?
She is similar to Buñuel's obscure object of desire—always changing. But it's not so much that she's always changing, as that she is never really there, as an individual. She is all the women, all the men, so many masks, pairs of holes to look out of. Who are we? Will we find out some day? Will we wake up and see the evil world we move through and are sleepwalking players in?
He said, at eighty-two, that he didn't think he could be funny anymore. Mercifully, two years later, he fell and died.

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Mark KerstetterMark Kerstetter rides his bike to work every day, allowing his thoughts to drift, as time permits. He is the author of the blog The World Before the World Wide Web.

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2009-07-04 08:42:43

I really like Dreaming America