Monday, October 10, 2011

Don't pig out on these balto riffs!

balto riffs, misc

when i first moved to westminster MD I was loathe to drive into balt cos i had gotten lost there a coupla times driving from petersburg VA (Fort Lee) to Harrisburg on holidays & stuff.
But when i heard john Ciardi was speaking (not reading) at peabody, i took a chance.
I bravely drove down rt 83, luckily got off at the right exit [oddly, but for real, sartre loved him], & bam! I'm at mt Vernon place. It was so cool, giant obelisk, little bronze statues, & ciardi was fun. & i no longer feared the streets of baltimore.
holy scarlotti, it changed my life.

Later subbing in Metuchen NJ I had some of his nieces & nephews in my classes & didn't embarass myself cos i knew how to say his name.
Ciardi (CHAR-DEE) was pretty famous in lit circles (Little did i know that my sicilian roots also gave me a subliminal advantage [YOU ARE HUNGRY FOR POPCORN]).
hw was lit/poetry editor , saturday review.
and that's the way you spell winsocki!
BUCKLE DOWN, WINSOCKI From the Broadway Show "Best Foot Forward" (1941)
DOS PASSOS. "More than 60 feet above his head, the brilliant skylights of Baltimore's George Peabody Library provided light for John Dos Passos."

JOHN CIARDI. poetry editor of the magazine Saturday Review from 1956 to 1972. An outspoken poet and critic known for his sharp and witty images, Mr. Ciardi won praise for his verses, which spoke honestly to children, and for the 1959 poetry textbook ''How Does a Poem Mean?'' He was outspokenly critical of traditional poetry aimed at youngsters, which struck him as ''written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.''
His many collections of poems for adults, which ranged from war verses to love lyrics and occasional flights of fancy, also met with favorable reactions from critics, who praised him for his honesty.
''He is singularly unlike most American poets with their narrow lives and feuds,'' wrote the critic and poet Kenneth Rexroth. ''He is more like a very literate, gently appetitive, Italo-American airplane pilot, fond of deep simple things like his wife and kids, his friends and students, Dante's verse and good food and wine.'' --

Monday, August 22, 2011

Mostly Me & Zuky in Vorobievi Gori,

looking for images.

for images.
I mean
the tango
was replaced
by formal
waltz and the Aztec altar
by Christian detachment.
...So, like the film-maker
Andrei Tarkovsky, I always
carry a Polaroid camera with me.
Zuky, he prefers an Olympus FE-230.
We look and learn. (We think.)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

City planting, an urban tree strategy

City planting by Plant Design Online
City planting, a photo by Plant Design Online on Flickr.

Urban trees experience a variety of stresses. Compaction, lack of water, and pollution are three examples. The surface grate in this photo protects the tree in several ways.

The large surface area allows rainwater to reach the roots. This is important for two reasons. Obviously, the plant requires water. Less obvious, salt and other damaging pollutants that splash up from the roadway can be washed away with copious water.

The surface grate is metal, and this will protect the young tree from surface compaction. In this way the roots will be able to obtain adequate oxygen from the naturally aerated soil.

Note that the grate was installed some distance from the actual soil surface. This will allow for expansion of the tree's roots, minimizing potential damage to the built environment.

Finally the grate is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly as well as visually pleasing. I think it's a great strategy for urban trees.
--from City Planting, Plant Design Online

city tree

city tree by zuky
city tree, a photo by zuky on Flickr.

two of my three favorite trees.
all paved over now. corporations
take no prisoners when feeding
and profiting by our inalienable
lust for motoring, for parking.
america needs impervious surfaces
except mebbe during the annual
spring floods.

Monday, January 31, 2011

g emil reutter and Diane Sahms Guarnieri at Feb 3 Poetry Thursdays

Big Fun on the Bayou!

midtown cinema
& host Esworthy

reutter's Carvings

poet Guarnieri

Poetry Thursdays at Midtown Cinema's Reel Cafe

brought to you by marty esworthy & the almost uptown poetry cartel

Guarnieri & reutter presentation--7pm, Feb 3
popcorn & poems, big time fun!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

John Destalo and Anna X. Jones at the Midtown Cinema

John Destalo and Anna X. Jones Featured at Reel Cafe, Midtown Cinema, January 20.
Not Al's Cafe as originally announced. Leaves in amber. Al's in blue haze. That ol'
Cinema's at 250 Reily St, smack in the epicenter of Harrisburg's bustling Midtown.
Details. Details? (717) 909-6566.
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