We walk the streets of North Beach
follow the footsteps of Ferlinghetti
and the ghosts of Ginsberg and Kerouac.
In Washington Square Park,
under St. Peter and Paul’s twin spires,
an old hippie sits on a bench,
finger picks a vintage Epiphone guitar.
Next to him, another man
stares off into space,
cradles his mandolin, listens.
Joe Dimaggio marries Marilyn Monroe
in that church, she lifts her veil,
steals a kiss on the granite steps;
here in Joe’s home town.
Italian restaurants and coal fired pizza,
storied nightclubs and tattoo parlors,
psychic readers, butchers, bakers
and kite makers.
The City Lights Bookstore
stands like a shrine, a beacon.
Ground zero for a revolution.
A man lies fast asleep on the ground, under
a sparkling, golden sky and a pile of clothes
in the middle of the afternoon.
Some changes happen before we notice,
others sneak by under our noses,
but Time, a slow train runnin’
creeps up like quicksand.
Book Review: We’ll See Who Seduces Whom: a graphic ekphrastic in verse
by Tom Bradley and David Aronson
is now live at:
Exhibition Of New Work by Ileen Kaplan
An exhibition of 24 brilliant new paintings by artist Ileen Kaplan at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY from February 4- March 1, 2015. A reception for the artist is scheduled Friday February 6 from 5-8. Ileen Kaplan will also be in the gallery on Saturday February 7 from 12-3.
Wednesday – Friday, 12-6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12-5pm
State of the Art Gallery is located at
120 West State Street
Ithaca, NY, 14850
Artist’s Website: ileenkaplan.com
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 ~ Chelsea, New York City
Corner ~ Shibuya District ~ Tokyo, Japan
Condomania ~ Tokyo, Japan
Triptych ~ New York City
Voodoo Child ~ New York City
Relax And Unwind ~ Pike Place Market ~ Seattle Washington
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.
View From A Window
Through A Looking Glass
Stairway To A Small Room
Volume III in an ongoing portfolio documenting my journeys on back roads to far away places
Egret ~ Manihawkin Bay, New Jersey
Adirondack Lake ~ High Peaks region, Adirondack Park, New York
On Long Pond ~ Omega Institute, near Rhinebeck, New York
Tower In The Old Walled City ~ Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Along The Quayside ~ Gloucester, Massachusetts
Off Season ~ Fir Tree Point, Seneca Lake, New York