The Doorman by Jorge Fick

Black Mountain College (which closed down in the 50s) is one of my subjects from way back.  Jorge Fick graduated from BMC in 1955. If you’re in the Asheville, North Carolina, area, check out the exhibit of his work at the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center.  It will be up until May 7.


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Klee and Houston

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.” –Paul Klee (1879-1940) When I was a grad student at the Iowa Writers Workshop in the late 80s, I consumed Paul Klee’s notebooks, staying up late studying them, becoming them.  I left Klee behind me in the 90s for no reason at all, as far… Continue reading Klee and Houston

A Wave to the Bus

Last week Houston waved hello and goodbye to the Poetry Bus (sponsored by Wave Books) as it swung through the lone star state.  I saw their poetry "happening" at The Menil Collection on Thursday. It was billed as a Surrealist Lunch so it happened at noon, naturally.  The event drew a big crowd of non-poets… Continue reading A Wave to the Bus

Surrealist Lunch

SUrREALISt “Lunch ”   A walk through the Menil’s world-renowned Surrealist Galleries; followed by selections from Surrealist poems read by poets   Joshua Beckman Joshua Clover Gillian Conoley Valzhyna Mort Dara Wier Matthew Zapruder _________   The Menil Collection 1515 Sul Ross, Houston 77006 Thursday, October 12, 2006 ∙ Noon Free & Open to the Public… Continue reading Surrealist Lunch

Kiki Smith Comes to Town

Houston’s Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is the place to see art of many genres by Kiki Smith spanning the past 25 years.  Here’s the official description, from the CAM website: Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980 – 2005 is the first full-scale major museum presentation  of Kiki Smith’s work over the past 25 years. Smith’s  art… Continue reading Kiki Smith Comes to Town

Social Encounters at the Heart of the Art

[excerpt] Urban Networks features five interactive art projects that examine social encounters and explorations in urban places. The works in this exhibition employ a range of technological devices that create urban community connections and offer insights into how emerging technologies might play an alternative role in our experience of everyday urban life. Finishing School presents… Continue reading Social Encounters at the Heart of the Art

Find the Hidden Love Song

Hidden Love Song, by Arlete Castelo and Melissa Mongiat (who had previously created Gamelan Playtime) is an 18m long silver rub-off fresque. As passers-by scratch it, they uncover musical and visual love messages hidden through a world inspired by Mark-Anthony Turnage‘s concerto Hidden Love Song. The sound collage is made of scratching noises, extracts of… Continue reading Find the Hidden Love Song

Everybody Loves Implosion

Houston is not known for cool, but here is an exception.  The Art League has inverted a bungalow and this is what they got.  For those of you in the vicinity, drive up Montrose toward the Heights (north); the cross street is Willard.  The house–slated for demolition, apparently–was altered by Dean Ruck and Dan Havel.… Continue reading Everybody Loves Implosion


As I’ve mentioned before, I work for Writers in the Schools (WITS).  In addition to the obvious mission of teaching writing to kids in schools, we also provide outreach to similar programs across the country.  Tomorrow we begin our 4th conclave in Houston for the leaders of seven different creative writing programs that work primarily… Continue reading WITSLink

In a Dark Time

Disappointed about the election results this week and still feeling it.  Here’s "In a Dark Time" by Roethke: In a dark time, the eye begins to see, I meet my shadow in the deepening shade; I hear my echo in the echoing wood– A lord of nature weeping to a tree. I live between the… Continue reading In a Dark Time