Tuesday, January 24, 2017

BARNEY ROSSET ~





O R      B O O K S






Rosset was a wonderful storyteller as it shows
in this memoir, never mind one of the heralded
mavericks in the US Publishing: Grove Press
when it was really Grove Press; Evergreen Review,
Evergreen Films. Thank heavens for Barney Rosset
and the books by Samuel Becket, Jean Genet,
William Burroughs, Marguerite Duras
Hubert Selby and Henry Miller he and 
some of his excellent editors like 
Richard Seaver and Fred Jordan 
brought forth.



Monday, January 23, 2017

THE MAN WHO SPOKE TO ANIMALS ~










Cup (remembering the old man)




We watched the thunderstorm

Blow over from the west,

Darken the upper hill of

Pasture, brush away

Daylight in barn

Windows, make it awful

Dark for two-in-the-afternoon



You said, now listen



And because you usually

Only spoke when you had

Something to say, I did

Listen, nearly held my breath

Waiting — looking up into

Your eyes and tiny white

Hairs in your nose and ears



And when the shower began

We heard it first in the

Wave of trees far off —

You looked and

Smiled at me

Hoping I had heard it —

Those few seconds in life

When earth, trees and even man

Turn their cup up to the rain







The Man Who Spoke To Animals



Today I heard Mason Weathers was put
Into the hospital a month ago after
A stroke, and I thought he was
Missing this fall when geese
Passed over his hill-farm’s steel roofs
Heading south with the river

Mason is always up and around those days
Even though he is two years retired from
Farming and is said to sit in a chair
Smoking cigarettes by his roadside window,
Wondering like a few of the old timers left —
What in the world has happened
To all this land and town he loves

Many years ago he gave up attending
Town meeting — was busy sawing logs for taxes —
But of course it was the new people
Now in the chairs of his dead friends
That drove him away, into deeper snow
Clutching a chain saw

One time I borrowed from Mason
His heavy snag of tractor rope
To do tree work for people he knew
In the village, and in my rush limbing
Sawed off a six-foot tail of that rope.
When I brought it back Mason met me
On his porch — with its pose over the
Valley — a smile on his muscular face,
Nodded and said, “It was all right, just
Six-feet shorter,” then walked back inside

They say today he has no memory for
That sort of thing. Sits up in a hospital
Bed with daily visits from his wife Ruth
Who tells friends back home Mason has
Been struck with sugar, and the stroke has
Left one side of his body blank as
A dead elm tree — imagine a man who once
Spoke to animals ending up this way







The Reason I Love to Build Stone Walls



and have for so long

is that I need few

tools to do the job



I could walk to work

free at hand

nearly whistling



until I arrive

(not wanting to

look too happy)



and the stones

are there lopsided

appearing miserably



out of place to

someone else

as I kneel



maybe with a 3 lb.

hammer I’ve brought

                                          along for company




_________________

Bob Arnold
Once In Vermont
Gnomon







Saturday, January 21, 2017

HOUSTON WOMEN'S MARCH ~









Here's a sign from the

HOUSTON WOMEN'S MARCH
21 JANUARY 2017


sent from a friend tonight
from the heart of
Texas





LOOK AT YOURSELVES, IT'S BEAUTIFUL ~







BE A SISTER ~










Here is a look at how many MARCHED ~

Washington DC 680,000 -1,000,000 (pending)
LA 750,000 +
NYC 400,000 +
Chicago 250,000
Denver 200,000
Seattle 175,000
San Francisco 150,000
Boston 175,000
Oakland 100,000
Madison Wi 100,000
Portland 100,000
St Paul 100,000
Atlanta 60,000
Austin 50,000
Philadelphia 50,000
Raleigh 18,000
Des Moines 26,000
Pittsburgh 25,000
San Diego 40,000
Phoenix, AZ 20,000+
Nashville 20,000
Houston 20,000
Santa Ana 20,000
Montpelier VT 20,000 (pop 7,700 many I 89 exits shut down)
St Petersburg 17,000
Tucson 15,000
Cleveland 15,000
Las Vegas 15,000
New Orleans 15,000
Oklahoma City 12,000 +
Birmingham Al 10,000
Seneca Falls 10,000 (birthplace of women's rights)
Lansing MI 10,000
Miami 10,000
Dallas 10,000
Portland ME 10,000
Helena MT 10,000
Kansas City,MO 10,000
Charlotte 10,000
Ithaca 10,000
Park City UT 8,000
Greensboro 8,000
Asheville 10,000
Albuquerque 10,000
Tallahassee 10,000+
Eureka CA 8,000
West Palm Beach 7,000
Little Rock 7,000
Orlando 6,000
Trenton 5,000
Fargo ND 5,000
Athens Ga 4,500
Wichita KS 3,000
Columbia, MO 3,000
Sioux Falls SD 3,000 +
Roanoke, VA 3,000+....
Springfield, MO 2,000+
Fairbanks, AK 2,000 (one of the many below freezing champions!)
Doylestown, PA 2,000.
Hillsborough NC (my town!) 2000
Rochester, NY 2,000
Winchester VA 1300 (birthplace of Patsy Cline!)
Wilmington NC 1200
Ketchum ID 1150 (pop 2689!)
Harrisburg PA 1,100
Astoria OR 1,000+
Jonesborough TN 1000+
Saskatoon 800-1000 (pop 260k)
Homer Alaska, 900+
Palmer AK 800
Moscow Idaho 750 +
Sharon PA 700
Twisp, WA 600+
Amarillo, TX - 675
Murray KY 700
Black Mt NC 400
Morganton NC 500
Houghton / Hancock Michigan: 300 +
Vancouver WA 200
Onley Virginia 70 (pop 516)
Accident MD 50 (pop 325) bus broke down,impromptu rally!
Stanley Idaho - 30. (pop 63)
and on and on and on plus millions more throughout the whole world (thank you sister marches) wow.(not a comprehensive list by any means and numbers can change feel free to add on in the comments)





DAY AFTER SPIRITS SHOW ~






Here we go!






Remember — there's more happening out there than a TRump 





We got spirits, we got friends






We got home life, a warm hearth to build, protests to make, 
poems to write





Boots to kick!





Hats to wear!





Pals!







copyright
Bob Arnold
20 January 2017






Friday, January 20, 2017

MORNING DANCE ~ (into the next morning)





O N C E     I N     V E R M O N T      F I L M
photograph & design by
Two~Hands





YOU ARE NOT ALONE ~










VEIL OF TEARS ~










SUN RA ~ (and friends)









CITY OF DREAMS ~










SLAM ~










WE DON'T WANT YOUR TINY HANDS ~








P L A Y ~













WHEN THEY COME ~








SOMEBODY BLEW UP AMERICA ~









OLD BLACK CROW ~










THE PRODIGAL SON ~







5 LONG DAYS BEFORE THE INAUGURATION



I received one piece of snail mail that Sweetheart brought home
on her excursion to town and I was outdoors framing a wall
in 30 degree weather, sunny though, and I stopped to take a break
and read this postcard which on the other side was
Hieronymus Bosch's The Prodigal Son (1510) and the 
postcard, written in hand script, read:

"Hi Bob, I had a dream about you last night.
You had just gotten back from a visit to
Washington DC and were telling me about
how fucked up everything was there. You said
you knew it was coming, all you had to do was go
into movie theatres and bowling alleys and read
the peoples faces there. It was written plain as day.
Love,"



[ BA ]








WALK AWAY ~









JULIAN ASSANGE EXPLAINING ~













HEAR MY CRY ~





HABEAS CORPUS BLUES ~










JANINE POMMY VEGA ~










ACROSS THE TABLE ~










MONASTERIES ~














LAZY RIVER ~










THE ROAD TO DESOLATION ~










THE BALLAD OF HOLLIS BROWN ~










COMMENCEMENT ~










A MERCY ~










MARGARET WALKER ~