Lake: Afternoon: Haikus

July 27, 2008

sitting by the shore,
a generic fisherman
craves a cigarette

..

three splashing children
reinvent themselves as shapes
they once saw on screen

..

a mother, reading
paperback, anticipates
the next rendezvous

..

a boy, eyes grinning,
unwraps a milky way bar
– first time shoplifting

..

watching other kids
play, a lone girl swears to guard
the secret of eels

..

lovers in the shade
make up names for babies
they would never have

..

“What democracy?”
a man points and demands, as
his audience yawns

..

on the grass, a stoned
poet writes the tragedy
that all ice cubes share

..

a pensive woman
counts dragonflies, tracing the
limits of language

..

an old man, strolling,
recalls a Greek bakery
with last night’s hunger

..

students picnic, pour
boxed wine into plastic cups.
laughing, they forget

..

among the bushes,
an exuberant jimmy
urinates proudly

..

a tanned vagabond
ties down his whimpering dog
then goes for a dip

..

the water report:
pH slightly alkaline
with traces of lead

..

overlooking the
lake, she informs me: no one
can see us at all

– s

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In Lieu of Loos in Waterloo

July 4, 2008

Being it summer and all, we’ve been lazy. Personally, I’ve been sleeping way too much and wasting my days dusting my music library. But now’s about time for some updates. Among the small projects I’m undertaking is a photo series entitled “Jimmy Mcnally takes a piss”, which would seem like an unnecessary concept under standard conditions. But Jimmy loves to pee outside, on trees and grass and squirrels. Maybe he’s onto something. Too many times, peeing outside falls in the realm of shit-faced male pragmatism. Probably because we’ve grown accustomed to our cement world of air-conditioned water closets with marble floors and heated seats. This is not a reaction against the comfort of the modern bathroom -can you name a more accommodating place to read “Ulysses” or Time magazine? Rather, it’s a rebellion against compartmentalization both social and architectural. This This photo series seeks to examine outdoor urination as an aesthetic experience, a very basic kind of dialectic between man and nature.

Collage\

This first one is a digital photo collage, the other two are regular digital pictures. You can see a larger version by clicking on the images. The third picture was taken in the Bird Sanctuary behind Amherst College.

Among foliage\

In the sanctuary\

-s