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The Wind by Philip Quinn

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The Wind

by Philip Quinn

 
 

Photo Copyright © Erik La Prade, 2015

Photo Copyright © Erik La Prade, 2015

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The Marks on Your Back by Brent van Staalduinen

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The Marks on Your Back

by Brent van Staalduinen

 
 

"Scaffold Detrius", Copyright © Devin McCawley, 2015

“Scaffold Detrius”, Copyright © Devin McCawley, 2015

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The Insane Dutch Tradition of Writing Poems For Sinter Klaas by bart plantenga

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The Insane Dutch Tradition

of Writing Poems For Sinter Klaas

by bart plantenga

 
 

The Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus comes on December 5, which is celebrated by the giving of gifts, each of which [technically] should come with a RHYMING poem written about the receiver by the giver, usually in a humorous, somewhat mocking tone. This leads to a lot of stress and all sort of online rhyming dictionary site crashing. Not something sane, well-meaning people need during this already busy period of the year… Here is my 2015 version of this inherent stressful event, which we celebrated a day early because Nina is on her way to Paris Climate Summit COP21.
 
 
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Poems Are Reports From Inner Space by Stephen Morrissey

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Poems Are Reports

From Inner Space

 

by Stephen Morrissey

 
 

"Dark City" © 2015 Erik La Prade

“Dark City” © 2015 Erik La Prade

 
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Small Objects That Changed My Life: Shouting At The Ground by :Zoviet*France: radio essay by bart plantenga

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“A silent man, walking in solitude by a mountain stream… We begin to see what is real and what really deserves our allegiance.” • Gary Snyder

bart plantenga

The first disc I’d bring along to a deserted island is this one – along with The Gentle Side of John Coltrane and Ascenseur pour l’échafaud by Miles Davis. Never mind that I only have Shout on a poor-quality cassette. In 1999, I was asked to participate in an art exhibit entitled “Small Objects That Changed Your Life” in De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. I placed this tape with the below self-made cover – a small detail clipped from a Bruegel painting in a magazine + a dried Paris leaf – into the exhibit with a short explanation. That I never hesitate to mention it when this question comes up is impressive since I have listened to literally thousands of songs and albums and whenever someone asks for a Top 10 of anything, I usually come up with a Top 25 + a mea culpa. There are so many deserving records, so many under-listened-to artists. And yet…

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