"Heaven has a road, but no one travels it; Hell has no gate, but men will bore through to get there."

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crystal Moon

Ice moon prisms shield,
Broad cloud bowl scoops city sky-
Heart-held secures change.


Icy moon the gloaming prisms shield,
Broad bowl of cloud and color
Scoops the widening city sky...
Holding my heart,
Securing the change that comes.

*note on Form: while I dearly love the little Haiku, and am an extreme devotee of Sonnets... I do often find a lack of freedom in the meeting of their requirements so I personally prefer version two above... cjk

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Russian Symbolist Poetics-

Vladimir Solovyov, 1853-1900:

And man, as one who belongs to both worlds, can and must by an act of rational contemplation concern himself with the divine world, and finding himself yet in a world of contention and vague apprehension, he must enter into communication with vivid images from the kingdom of glory and eternal beauty.

Dmitri Merezhkovsky, 1865-1941:

... the three major elements of the new art are a mystical content, symbols, and the expansion of artistic impressionability. Only a creative faith in something infinite and immortal can ignite the soul of man, create heroes, martyrs and prophets. People have need of faith, they need inspiration, they crave a holy madness in their heroes and martyrs.

Valeri Bryusov, 1873-1924:

A Sonnet To Form

Rare and powerful harmonies exist,
Shaping both scent and contour in a flower.
Thus brilliance lies unseen by us until,
Beneath the chisel, it blazes in the diamond.

And I desire that all my dreaming visions
That reach the light embodied in the word,
Find for themselves their long-sought forms.

Konstantin Balmont, 1867-1943:

Beneath A Lunar Sign

Beneath this youthful, sickle-Moon
That glows above the emerald Sea,
You walk beside the waves with me.
I whisper words, we silently dispute.

This came to me in dreams one night,
As combers roared in you and me.
I saw the moonlight-flooded sight
That you and I were sinking in the Sea.

We were, in crespuscule and brine,
Two ocean flowers, entwining blooms
Of salt and sea- dreaming Moons
And stars of novel lands and strange designs.

Vyacheslav Invanov, Thoughts on Symbolism, 1912:

And thus I am not a Symbolist if in the heart of the listener I do not arouse with intangible nuance or influence those incommunicable sensations which resemble at times some primeval rememberence... I am not a Symbolist if my words do not summon forth in the listener sensations of the connection bewteen that which is his "ego" and that which he calls his "non-ego"... if my words do not convince him immediately of the existence of a hidden life where his mind had not suspected life; if my words do not move in him the energy of love towards that which he was previously unable to love because his love did not know of the many abodes it possessed.

Fyodor Sologub, The Created Legend, 1907-1913:

I take a piece of life, coarse and barren, and from it I create an exquisite legend, for I am a poet. Whether life, dull and common, stagnates in the gloom, or bursts forth in a raging fire, I, the poet, will erecet above you, life, my legend which is being created, my legend of the enchanting and the beautiful.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009




*keep an eye out for the briefly shown hooded figure- skulking Master or new Doctor in waiting?





She's my new alternative for the, um, truly alternative and unique songtress along the lines of my ancient diva Marianne Faithfull. Beck helps here, but this song is a true testament to Ms. Gainsbourg's original sexiness, intelligence and aloof charm...



Even after 30 years, nobody can top MA for picking obscure, bizarre and beautiful songs to cover-not to mention his own vast origanl catalogue. Revisit him asap!


Friday, November 20, 2009


who doesn't need one?

Thoughts of A Tribal Elder...

Do not forget your queer history and journey. Share it with young and struggling gay men- and do not forget the power of magic, the mysterious and the spiritual!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The America We Need-


He gets it- why not everybody else??

... and the Swivet is a pretty cool and literate blog!

Perhaps he should talk to New York State Senator Ruben Diaz who is currently rasing a ruccus among fellow Democrats for his opposition to a state gay marriage bill...

I would only remind the Senator who is apparently African American and Latino that minorities who oppose equality on all levels for GLBT people are simply racists.

It's a shame that our Left has never mastered the art of "religious zeal" to the extent that conservative Republicans have in order to champion a true and inclusive morality while defending its existence in a state of freedom. The Democrats need to re-explore the power of words driven by passion and not be afriad to display both. Without this, it's just one more plank knocked out of the platform Barack Obama is trying to hold steady on while he attempts to turn the world perhaps a bit too gently into the light.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Another pretty adorable and refreshing dream journey-

The Science of Sleep-

Michel Gondry gives us everything that American movies are not here with characters who are characters, nuance, playfulness, whimsy and yes- love! And both Ss are so cute as to be almost blissfully painful! The unique language-switching is also a refreshing European way to learn to speak by speaking, rather than by hearing alone and scribbling...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009



Karen Armstrong leans heavily on the distinction that Greek philosophers made between "logos" and "mythos" says Alain de Botton in the London Observer as noted in the October 9 issue of The Week. One mode of knowledge allowed an individual to function effectively in the everyday world, while the other addressed the pain and mysteries of life. Religion (properly) belonged in the same realm as art and music, and the practice of both art and religion was a means of "stepping outside of the norm for the sake of release and consolation" (and personal transcendence). A belief in the God of the ancients requires uncertainty, not unlike the condition necessary prior to the search for scientific proof of natural phenomena.

Childhood's Lost Wilderness...



Mark Cohen: Boy in Yellow Shirt Smoking, Scranton, PA, 1977

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Cowboys & Immigrants


"The Frontier and Ellis Island analyze problems in different ways and arrive at different decisions. The Frontier assumes the drunken soldier is a rapist or murderer and shoots him between the eyes. Ellis Island may see him as a confused fool and hope to talk him into a cup of coffee and a 12-step program. Roughly the same choices present themselves to a president: the planet is the Frontier; the planet is Ellis Island. Genius is the ability to hold two contradictory truths in the mind at the same time without going crazy."

While genius might be asking too much from our current politicians, it is not to much to ask that that they be able to hold opposing views in mind, put extreme partisanship aside and make rational decisions and the occasional compromise to reconcile these competing but not mutually exclusive demands of a free people. Obama has striven for reconciliation on many levels, but the other party has to come to the dance.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Frightening- http://worldofwonder.net/archives/2008/09/09/holey_apocalypse/

Fact- http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/science/topics/large_hadron_collider/index.html

FICTION? http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/10/is-a-time-travelling-higgs-sab.html

According to today's New York Times: "A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather." We certainly live in amazing times, people.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


While not quite as darkly sarcastic and bitchy as the girl version which is The Craft, this movie is actually modestly entertaining and if there was no other reason to watch it, I would just offer that it has one of the hottest boy candy casts ever filmed- complete with high school-esque swimming pool and locker room scene. Go to the Fall Fest and feast the eyes in preparation for THG-


Hi All-
For any of you who read and find any fascination from my blog, I would encourage you to leave a comment so that in this age of existence-altering realities we could connect and enrich each other through some meaningful dialogue. I am all for silence to center the soul, but let's consider ourselves centered and start speaking up to move our world through our answers, and more importantly, our questions!

Inspiration for this task:





Friday, October 9, 2009



Too much Kabbalah...? Our girl has grown so harsh and jagged-edged! Perhaps she is feeling the loss of youth and diva-lution in her ever-more simplistic and poppy new dance tunes instead of slowly evolving into the black & white photo, middle-aged, mature and wry Dietrich-like woman I was waiting for... after years of preaching and demonstrating tolerance and uninhibited self-expression, why all the piety and petty preachiness? Maybe she's now just Mom-a-Donna? Hmmm

Perhaps she just grew out of love, joy and fun before she found them in full after the two decades long journey away from her inner issues... hopefully, she will avoid imprisoning her kiddos in their own!





*for more fun like this, revisit: http://worldofwonder.net