This road, this sky, these errands kept me going last summer while my mother was dying. Just a two-lane road off the highway, it was the route I took to pick up the medications that hospice ordered for her. For the last two months of her life, I would stop the car, get out, take a photo with my phone each time the sky said HOPE.
I saw Lynda Carter once,
(before she was Wonder Woman)
riding in the lead car
in the Dothan, Alabama
Dothan was full
I tried to make Christians
of my creek-caught tadpoles,
saying to every damn one
I baptize you
in the name of
and The Holy Spirit.
as i caught and moved them
(cupped in a creek-water-wrinkled paw)
from one Cool-Whip bowl of muddy water
But back to Lynda Carter
and how she rolled through that town
of lost tadpoles,
their small muddy evangelist
for one moment
that she was
TO THE FIVE OF THEM. THE FIVE OF YOU.
by Meghan O'Rourke
Even now I can’t grasp “nothing” or “never.”
They’re unholdable, unglobable, no map to nothing.
Never? Never ever again to see you?
An error, I aver. You’re never nothing,
because nothing’s not a thing.
I know death is absolute, forever,
the guillotine-gutting-never to which we never say goodbye.
But even as I think “forever” it goes “ever”
and “ever” and “ever.” Ever after.
I’m a thing that keeps on thinking. So I never see you
is not a thing or think my mouth can ever. Aver:
You’re not “nothing.” But neither are you something.
Will I ever really get never?
You’re gone. Nothing, never—ever.
WALKING ON WATER (MAYBE BAREFOOT SKIING), ASHEVILLE NC
ZAP SHACK SELFIE TRIPTYCH
Recently shown in the Artbomb Studios Spring Exhibition. I tried to take a photo each day I was at the Cancer Institute for treatments. These are three of 31 or so. I lost count of days, treatments, and photos along the way.
DAN FRIEDMAN: RADICAL MODERNIST
In 1994, near the end of his life, Friedman offered this 12-point “radical modernist” agenda for life and work—as wise, optimistic and relevant as it was 20 years ago.
1. Live and work with passion and responsibility; have a sense of humor and fantasy.
2. Try to express personal, spiritual, and domestic values even if our culture continues to be dominated by corporate, marketing, and institutional values.
3. Choose to remain progressive; don’t be regressive. Find comfort in the past only if it expands insight into the future and not just for the sake of nostalgia.
4. Embrace the richness of all cultures; be inclusive instead of exclusive.
5. Think of your work as a significant element in the context of a more important, transcendental purpose.
6. Use your work to become advocates of projects for the public good.
7. Attempt to become a cultural provocateur; be a leader rather than a follower.
8. Engage in self-restraint; accept the challenge of working with reduced expectations and diminished resources.
9. Avoid getting stuck in corners, such as being a servant to increasing overhead careerism, or narrow points of view.
10. Bridge the boundaries that separate us from other creative professions and unexpected possibilities.
11. Use the new technologies, but don’t be seduced into thinking that they provide answers to fundamental questions.
12. Be radical.
Excerpted from Dan Friedman: Radical Modernism, Yale University Press, 1994