those hands punched me
knocked the wind out of me,
reflecting what is ugly
my flat face,
i wondered if anybody
had beaten them,
corroding life
with the spit of minutes
splashing on my face
no shadows
as i grunted
accepting what passes,
age no longer a pleasure
but a cruel joke
i wore the bruises
clotted flesh no longer taut,
another whiskey
salute that clock,
wood rimmed containing
the mechanism
that makes time work,
what a load of crap,
i close my eyes
and my own minutes passed
i would not be reliant on it
anymore

clawfish:

A great selection of influential artists

Originally posted on Drunk Poetry Experiment:

Thanks for reading this installment of drunk poetry. This will be one of many posts showcasing some of my favorite poems of all time. Stay drunk,  stay writing.

Humanity I Love You

Humanity i love you
because you would rather black the boots of
success than enquire whose soul dangles from his
watch-chain which would be embarrassing for both

parties and because you
unflinchingly applaud all
songs containing the words country home and
mother when sung at the old howard

Humanity i love you because
when you’re hard up you pawn your
intelligence to buy a drink and when
you’re flush pride keeps

you from the pawn shop and
because you are continually committing
nuisances but more
especially in your own house

Humanity i love you because you
are perpetually putting the secret of
life in your pants and forgetting
it’s there and sitting down

on it
and because you…

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clawfish:

The Planet of the Apes series I have enjoyed since reading Pierre Boulles book so be amazed

Originally posted on The Ferguson Theater:

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20th Century Fox

Directed by Matt Reeves

Produced by Peter Chernin Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Written by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Based on characters created by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

Premise suggested by “Planet of The Apes” by Pierre Boulle

“Rise of The Planet of The Apes” was one of those movies that surprised me in a good way as I didn’t expect a reboot of the classic “Planet of The Apes” series to be quite that good. I appreciated how “Rise” had so much determination to be a true science fiction movie and not simply an action movie wearing a science fiction dress and makeup. And I think it succeeded. And now we have the sequel with continues and amplifies the story and it’s also a very successful movie on a lot of levels. Like “Rise” it doesn’t depend on the major battle…

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clawfish:

It looks to be a collection that will reinforce the fact Palestinians are robust and resilient and have a unique artistic voice

Originally posted on Arabic Literature (in English):

Note: Yesterday on Facebook, A Bird is not a Stone editors announced, “We’re sad to have heard that the family home of Raed Issa, the artist who painted the beautiful image used on the cover of A Bird is not a Stone, was destroyed yesterday in an Israeli air attack. The house was in al-Bureij refugee camp.”

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A_bird_is_not_a_stone_270.270The metaphor of the “faithful” (or unfaithful) translation is as well-worn as that of the text going “lost” in translation. This faithfulness — or not-getting-lost — is often presented as a particular sort of pedantic, dictionary-based equivalency. This sort of equivalency might sometimes serve prose, but it generally does poetry few favors.

A Bird is not a Stone takes an entirely different approach to fidelity, as twenty-nine of Scotland’s celebrated poets co-translate work by twenty-five contemporary Palestinians. The works are brought not just into English, but into Scots, Gaelic, and Shetlandic.

It is immediately…

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after a long break now moving back into the diverse flock and have missed you all

lips of dark closed,
night still warm
swallowed a graceless sun,
a seldom seen
bloated pig floated towards
that iron bridge,
a quarter mile away
in aluminium trailer
playing cards
table paved with bills
man and woman
lengthened the night
putting off
dull leering and sweating
his fat fingers
knowing places
that had companions in pain,
tethered dogs bark
their loudness echoed
and carried on the air
so the wild dogs knew
their lives where better

Also first poem written on a iPad , more to come

clawfish:

Fascinating insight and image

Originally posted on Live & Learn:

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Making Picasso’s point visible: In 2010, MoMA curators used X-ray technology to reveal the many iterations behind Henri Matisse’s painting ‘Bathers by a River,’ on which the painter worked for eight years between 1909 and 1917.

Matisse does a drawing, then he recopies it. He recopies it five times, ten times, each time with cleaner lines. He is persuaded that the last one, the most spare, is the best, the purest, the definitive one; and yet, usually it’s the first. When it comes to drawing, nothing is better than the first sketch.

~ Picasso

Despite being both a professional admirer and a personal friend of Matisse’s, he cites the painter’s notoriously methodical creative process as a betrayal of this notion that an artist should honor his or her initial creative intuition.

Read more at Brainpickings: Picasso on Work Ethic, How Creativity Works, and Why Intuitive Ideas Are More Important Than…

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Hi everyone , sorry if the fluidity of this blog has been intermittent , i have depression anxiety and stress a trypitch of confusion words halt before they have been written etc i will not go on too long as i know i am not the only one and some of you folks have struggled in a similar way.

Focus is a funny word as is motivation neither i can give definition too at the moment , but i wanted to be honest with you all and keep you in the loop , poetry will resume after this brief intermission as will other writing of mine, the blank page will be a friend again but be assured i love you all and will be posting things that catch my distracted mind, so i go and look at words mix them up and hopefully ….. well you know , so long as i do not choke as they go down

Take Care
and all the best
Chris