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The Past Few Days And A Riff Of Rilke

Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rilke




















Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently (Art In The Palm Of Your Hand)

Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently (Art In The Palm Of Your Hand)

Thank you Cherry Branch Gallery and Kristen Henderson for your amazing support and a deep bow of gratitude to my collectors-

Anne Carli, Leslie Berliant, Cheryl Isager Rosen, Mitch and Catherine Owens, Pamela Noonan, Susan Bruss, Wayne and Amy Cannon, Rose Marie Trapani, Michael Dailey, Janet Garber Erway, Richard Pfau, Kathy Minnig, William Schaefer, James Scott Geras, Sandy Kraus Smith, Kristin Suys, Shelly Stevens, Jill Pearson, Caron Perkal, Colleen Zimmerman Williams, Kim Clayton Lance, Ariana Trinneer and Tina Falcone Macaluso.

Join us on May 2, 2-7pm for our closing reception.

On The Road, Again…working title for next exhibit of iPhoneography


This time the exhibit will be in Sharon Springs, NY and will coincide with the Sharon Springs Garden Party.

There is a new gallery in town, more details to follow!

Photo Of His Farmhouse From Last Summer & A Ginsberg Quote

Photo Of His Farmhouse From Last Summer & A Ginsberg Quote

“Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. ”
~Allen Ginsberg

20 liner poets Chris Shearer, Leslie Berliant and yours truly are reading tonight at the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley, NY…home to Ginsberg et al.

“Cherry Valley has a long history as an artist and writer’s community. Willa Cather left New York City for the isolated village in 1911, writing O Pioneers! while there. Poet Allen Ginsberg bought a farm there in the 1960s, and the town became a haven and destination point for many of the major personalities of the Beat scene:

William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Herbert Huncke, Ray Bremser, Anne Waldman, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Harry Smith, Mary Beach, Claude Pelieu and many others all spent time either living or visiting there.

Poet Charles Plymell still lives in Cherry Valley (and I heard he gave a nod of approval to my iPhoneography show)—he and his wife Pam ran Cherry Valley Editions from their home, publishing small editions of major writers. Jazz pianist Paul Bley and Jeff Palmer are residents of the small town, as is artist/writer Jack Walls, artists Richard Saba and Mark Mastroianni, film maker James Rasin, and National Book Award nominated novelist Dana Spiotta.

The transgender pioneer, actress and Andy Warhol Superstar Candy Darling is buried in the historic Cherry Valley Cemetery. A significant portion of the award winning feature length documentary film about her life, Beautiful Darling (2010), was shot in Cherry Valley. The photographer Ryan McGinley has staged several photo shoots in and around the village, and the artist Dash Snow shot one of his last 8mm pieces, “Sisyphus, Sissy Fuss, Silly Puss”, there in late May 2009.”

Photo of Ginsberg’s farm…taken last summer.

A Clover…No Bee…And A Sweet Revery Via Emily Dickinson

A Clover...No Bee...And A Sweet Revery Via Emily Dickinson

“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.”

~Emily Dickinson

Iphoneography and the Open Road Poem

Iphoneography, Open Road Poem

The Roads Less Traveled

We turned off the main highway
summer break
because that is what we do

She wakes us better than the rest

I’ll tell you why-

beyond the steering wheel
past the bugs splattered on glass
across the dust-covered hood

we live but a moment

Boulders, bunnies and rain, no lights

this is where we truly live
where no one lives anymore

Just like us now
stuck in cities now
dead-end jobs now

dazed and empty of desire

The road less travelled promises redemption
with each

On The Road Again…With A Shift Of Steinbeck

J1440x1440-83705“I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation- a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here. They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every states I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.”
~John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Laundry Day and a Sudsing of Ansel Adams

Laundry Day and a Sudsing of Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have somone click the shutter.”
― Ansel Adams

Dunga Brook Diary: A Year Of Seeing Differently

Laundry Day, in the 8 x 8′ series, is sold out.

Laundry Day is one of those photos that happened completely serendipitously. Tyler and I were driving away from Butternuts Brewery in Garratsville, NY with our Porkslap growlers between our knees when I said,

“Turn left!”

“Into what?”

“Into the cemetery.”

The sun was completing its daily arc through the late summer sky and everything was glowing. We walked silently on our own photo safaris in the ancient cemetery full of blackened stone markers when I saw a gorgeous bough of flowers…a few snaps into it and I noticed a woman taking down her laundry.

Laundry Day came out even better than I could have imagined. Tyler and I got back into the car with our growlers and sang the whole way back to Dunga Brook.

Click here to see the entire exhibit:


Call Kristen at 607-264-9530 to make a purchase through the Cherry Branch Gallery.

The show will hang until May 2, check it out if you are in central NY, Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY.


iPhoneography and a Whisper of Kerouac

iPhoneography and a Whisper of Kerouac

“Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.”
― Jack Kerouac

Well, Jack, I hate to break it to you but these days, nowadays, roundabout here, people are using their phone to create poetry. And what fun it is on the road Jack! Oh, and can we amend that to, “don’t use your phone to call anyone, use it for poetry”?


A Pean To The Mighty Crocus


“Welcome, wild harbinger of spring!
To this small nook of earth;
Feeling and fancy fondly cling
Round thoughts which owe their birth
To thee, and to the humble spot
Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.”
Bernard Barton

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