30 June 2012


'A miraculous day'
I say to nobody
In particular.

29 June 2012


The awful death
Of being born
A cockroach

28 June 2012


Bone white-
The roses and 
New moon.

27 June 2012


I know a man 
Who fights other men
With songs of blackbird.

25 June 2012


I really hate it
When the flies 
Gang up on me.

24 June 2012


On and off again,
June wind

19 June 2012

A Man a Woman

Alors, I rented A Man and a Woman last night, and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I had seen it perhaps once or twice in the last 40 or so years since first seeing it as a pimply young boy of 15. Me, and every other kid in our French class fell in love with Anouck Aimee. So well do I remember that I was falling for an older woman. She wasn't, after all, a young Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's, but a widow, sophisticated and sensuous, and French! In my young mind she possessed an almost marble-like beauty, distant and unattainable, exotic enough to make a man do something most foolish with his life.

Watching it so many years later I am now amazed at just how young she appears! It is I who is now older... Alas, .. the cruelty of Time.

Jean-Luis Trintignant is gorgeous also; a handsome man, a free and easy beauty all at once so cool and natural. The French version of Paul Newman.

The camera work is wonderful, and very poetic, unlike so much poetical which has invaded our over-sentimentalized culture especially in regards to so many things French. The music, of course, is infamous for its ability to fly us back to a time of sad and empty beaches where one could still take a Ford Mustang out at low tide with one's son to do wheelies without getting arrested.

But there are some truly awful scenes in it as well, notably with her first husband. The anecdote of Giacometti saving a cat, instead of a Rembrandt in a burning house makes a surprise visit. He chooses Life over Art in the End.  

That it was shot during the winter adds a mournful element of loss and regret which both sleep so well next to Love itself.

This is certainly Claude Lelouche's most memorable film.

18 June 2012


In the wheat field
A tractor makes Art
All morning long.

17 June 2012


Pretty wildflowers!
And my allergies
Detest them!

up there!

JQ743 from sundry productions on Vimeo.

16 June 2012


The nightingale
Of midnight,
Says: see you next year.

15 June 2012


Moving at snail's pace
Across the table,
The snail.

13 June 2012


For the cricket
Its not a game-
The morning cat.

12 June 2012


My rug-
A field of wildflowers
All morning.

11 June 2012


For a better view
The cat jumps
Onto the table.


The Alphabet 2 from n9ve on Vimeo.

10 June 2012


This is Sunday sky
Where clouds are rosary beads
And blackbirds, sinners.

08 June 2012


For the last cherries
It seems we need 
A higher ladder.

06 June 2012


A proud boy
Is the father of
Young tomato plants.

Flast food!

03 June 2012


Windy night,
The tee-shirts on the line
Slapping the moon.

02 June 2012


Between cow dung
And honeysuckle 
Is where I take tea.

01 June 2012

sushi anyone?


Now and then
The bullfrog.