Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Letter from Hammertown to the Red Hook Public Library

"They wanted to hear 'Baby Elephant Walk' with new ears."
Stephen King "Cell"

Was wrong as usual
about acupuncture Mike

turns out torques 'twixt
the wobble & the "chi"

do decrease activity
in the limbic seat of pain

no thanks to me or thee--
the MRI looked like my Compaq's

halting defrag, blue blocks
dimming like the lites of Harewood

used to in the pre-surveillance
eighties, not "dark"

like coffee or a scary 45
but coalmines, hot subocean vents

the inside of MacDiarmid's beach
& everything either swept off the table

in an excess of joy or clung to
like an eyeless Teddy shuffling

thru a mezzotint snowstorm,
chewing the sweet caraway seed at the heart

of its trauma--
but when the needle enters the skagarrat

turns out the alpine red static that says "prick"
is the easiest to placebo,

it's a centimeter in where
the boggle hangs it shingle

and you wake up smiling
in the crotch of the loveliest plane tree

in the park, trunk waving
in a warm hurricane of bliss.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Cedar Road trees

just heard that one of my all-time favorite films, Ulu Grosbard & Dustin Hoffman's searing "Straight Time" (from Edward Bunker's "No Beast So Fierce) is finally coming out on DVD, with a commentary by the directors & this interesting-looking documentary...can " The Friends of Eddie Coyle" be far behind?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Area trees

the New Yorker's Anthony Lane has a long piece on the great Barbara Stanwyck in honour of her centennial retrospective...

An Atlas, Orange Crate Labels & more Pelicans than the Miami Vice credits at this great Found Things blog...(via I like)

Monday, April 23, 2007

Sunday, April 22, 2007


I need as many copies of Bob Dylan's LP "Self Portrait" as possible,
for a sculpture I am making.
i've been buying them on Ebay, but have artificially driven up the
price by buying so many.

If you have an old copy, no matter how poor the condition, please
send it to me at

Tim Davis
101 North Road
Tivoli, NY 12583

And I will be eternally grateful.
Please feel free to forward this to any interested party.