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Your Own Back Yard – Michael Gillan Maxwell

Visual Art – Creative Writing – Social Commentary

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July 2014

“Long Gone And Never Coming Back” is published in Literary Orphans

 

Long Gone And Never Coming Back is published in the current issue of Literary Orphans.

I am thrilled to have my piece “Long Gone And Never Coming Back” published in the current issue of Literary Orphans. Thank you Editor Mike Joyce and everyone else who works so diligently behind the scenes to make this happen. I’m especially knocked out by the brilliant pairing of visual art with writing. The brilliant photography of Charles Simms turned my piece into a movie! This issue is full of fascinating interviews, book reviews, essays and compelling fiction, poetry and art!

http://www.literaryorphans.org/playdb/long-gone-never-coming-back-michael-gillan-maxwell/

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STREET ART, GRAFFITI & SIGNS Volume IV

STREET ART, GRAFFITI & SIGNS Volume IV

 Volume IV in an ongoing series of images made from altered photographs of street art, graffiti and signs.

Chairman Mao's Little Red Lips

Chairman Mao’s Little Red Lips ~ Chelsea, New York City

Corner

Corner ~ Shibuya District ~ Tokyo, Japan

Condomania

Condomania ~ Tokyo, Japan

Triptych

Triptych ~ New York City

Voodoo Child

Voodoo Child ~ New York City

Relax And Unwind

Relax And Unwind ~ Pike Place Market ~ Seattle Washington

Independence Day

Independence Day

Sitting outside on the 4th of July

in an Adirondack chair

by the little stone garden

with the scarecrow.

Its white shirt hangs slack

over crucifix arms

straw hat tattered and crumpled

by sun and heavy rains.

I watch clouds float

across the robin egg sky

like helium balloon animals

in a circus parade

pushed asunder by winds

blowing away the storms of yesterday.

 

I think, not so much, about

the Declaration of Independence,

which was initially published as the Dunlap broadside

and primarily signed on August 2nd,

but more about the fact

that this was the date when New York State

abolished slavery and Thoreau

moved into his shack on Walden Pond.

Whitman turned poetry on its head

when he self published Leaves of Grass

on this day, and Lewis Carroll

created Alice in Wonderland,

sending imaginations on a flight of fancy

on Independence Day.

 

PORTALS ~ Volume IV

PORTALS ~ Volume IV

Volume IV in the ongoing series “PORTALS” ~ a portfolio of altered photographs that explores doors, windows, alleyways and other openings as passages to other times, places and dimensions.

Courtyard Window

Courtyard Window

Texaco Station

Texaco Station

Bathroom Mirror

Bathroom Mirror

View From A Window

View From A Window

Lavatory Door

Lavatory Door

Gymnasium Windows

Gymnasium Windows

Through A Looking Glass

Through A Looking Glass

Closed

Closed

Stairway To A Small Room

Stairway To A Small Room

Classroom Windows

Classroom Windows

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