illustration from the Book of Daniel 970
Capital, Church, St Croix
Faust and Mephisto on the Brocken, Walpurgisnacht
St. Jerome in his study
Joos van Cleve, Master of The Death of The Virgin
Allan deSouza's Woman
The Wonderful Night
Hyenas of Lust
The Story of a Soul
Breath of The Gods
A dramatic sensation with Mrs. Sessue Hayakawa
Remmelin's Catoptrum Microcosmicum
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The Wanderer In The Woods 1923
Lazarus the Beggar
Woman at the Sea
The Orange Seller
Catherine of Siena
Planetarium circa 1000 a.d.
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...and undertakers, ad-men
and fallen vice-generals,
doping their stolen crusades.
But the woman has learned, as
I have learned, as all of us
must keep learning if we are
to be good subjects, how to
make of a newspaper the
mask of a locust, calmly
put it on, and begin...
Poetry Daily Jan.15.04
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Some truth there was, but dash'd and brew'd with lies;
To please the fools, and puzzle all the wise.
Succeeding times did equal folly call,
Believing nothing, or believing all.
Th' Egyptian rites the Jebusites embrac'd;
Where gods were recommended by their taste.
Such sav'ry deities must needs be good,
As serv'd at once for worship and for food.
By force they could not introduce these gods;
For ten to one, in former days was odds.
So fraud was us'd, (the sacrificers' trade,)
Fools are more hard to conquer than persuade.
Their busy teachers mingled with the Jews;
And rak'd, for converts, even the court and stews:
Which Hebrew priests the more unkindly took,
Because the fleece accompanies the flock.
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Thanks to Today in Literature for projecting Bob Kaufman onto the night sky of the internet.
There was a record I heard in unusual circumstances, Greenwich Village December 1971, field recordings from the streets of the 50's, a guy in Houston TX, playing garbage-can drums on the sidewalk and riffing wild as some jungle thing out in the spooky midnight of broad daylight straight America; and later, live, Bob Kaufman, right up close with his eyes flashing like light bars on a squad car, right there on Broadway down from Vesuvio, out on the sidewalk also, right there at infinite speed overtaking the light-years of effort and painstaking research of academic discovery, the zip and blur of his arrival as pre-ordained as the fact he never moved, trance-talking holiness and fool-sacrificing, ragged with juice and Siberian in his authenticity.
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