Friday, August 17, 2018

In Search of Noah Purifoy

 photo © Mark Butkus 2016
In search of Noah Purifoy and his desert art outside Joshua Tree National Park in California.

The desert was your gallery
Roadside ditches were your palette
Repurposed mundane into art
A second purpose in your second verse

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Li Po is In the Mountains on a Summer Day

photo © Mark Butkus 2014
Get higher to stay cooler.

Gently I stir a white feather fan,
With open shirt sitting in a green wood.
I take off my cap and hang it on a jutting stone;
A wind from the pine-tree trickles on my bare head.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

El Sol

photo © Mark Butkus 2015

This morn I took the time to watch the sun rise. This was not your regular sunrise – it was purely a Mexican one. In Mexico the sun does not pop over the horizon, but peeks over it. He does not rush into his workday. A peek and then he slowly stretches his rays over the horizon.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Word Salad — Playing William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch

photo © Mark Butkus 2015
The Naked Lunch Cut Up poem.

All these jewelers standing around the
Diamond in their frock coats

Schizophrenic catatonia...
Instances of automatic obedience