Thursday, April 17, 2014

First Lines Second Thoughts — The Autumn of the Patriarch

Remembering Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014).

First Lines Second Thoughts is a look at the first lines of well known literary works. On second thought, do these opening words stand alone as poetry? We remember a great man dead, the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez by looking at the first lines of The Autumn of the Patriarch. Published in 1975.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2014 Pulitzer Poetry Prize goes to Vijay Seshadri for 3 Sections

The Pulitzer Prize is not just for Journalism.

Vijay Seshadri has captured the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his third collection of poetry, the perplexing 3 Sections. The New York-based poet and educator was recognized by the Pulitzer committee for, "a compelling collection of poems that examine human consciousness, from birth to dementia, in a voice that is by turns witty and grave, compassionate and remorseless."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On the Road: The Las Vegas Art O Mat

Gotta light? Need to add a spark to your art collection?
There was a time when Las Vegas gambling halls wreaked of smoke and cigarette girls walked the floors offering you your preferred smoke. Cigarette girls gave way to cigarette machines and cigarette machines gave way to clear lungs. But what became of the ubiquitous cigarette machine? At least one hundred of them have become self contained art galleries.

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the Road in Florida: Loneliness


Macklemore may be looking for a come-up when he browses the thrift shop but the Bar None Group hits the bookshelves looking for dusty first editions and the off chance of discovering lesser known poets and their poetry. On a rainy day in Sarasota, Florida we found a volume of poetry from a local resident — Joan Armour Mendell.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On the Road: Emma Wilson Emery's Lovely Louisiana

Spanish moss haunt the trees in this Louisiana bayou.

The Bar None Group literary roadtrip now heads east from Texas to Louisiana. Bridging the two states is Emma Wilson Emery. A native of Texas, Emery was the first Poet Laureate of Louisiana in 1942. A post she held until her death in 1970. Her best known poem Lovely Louisiana was once set to music by Oscar J. Fox — a "composer of cowboy songs."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Finding Emily Dickinson in Texas


If its Friday this must be Denton, Texas. In the quest to escape the northern cold our spring break roadtrip finds us in Denton, Texas. In wandering the town square of Denton we came across Recycled Books and their sandwich board out front quoting Emily Dickinson.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

State of Mine


Whether it is Florida or Jersey, querido
Wherever you lay your hat is my home
It is your heart and where it takes you
That has become my road-map on this crazy journey