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Seven Sundays

SEVEN SUNDAYS / Commissions

These images were created especially for the poems. I would read McClure's poems, memorize them and think of images that I already produced to counter-illustrate the concept. When a poem and photograph 'hit' the hair on my neck would stick straight out, then I knew they were a match. In some instances, no photograph was in the files. This series contains some examples of producing an image, especially for a poem (without retouching) to counter the poem. Multi-image photography using darkroom magic.

TWO SPEEDS
for Jane

1.

THE DEER
leaps
at
us
nearly
striking
the
moving
car
in
the
darkness.

TWO SPEEDS
2.

THE BRONZE GREEN
HUMMINGBIRD HURLS
himself upward
like a pellet
from the sling
of his own brain.
He chases the scarlet
blur of the tee shirt
as it sails
through the air.
Then,
eye-to-eye with
the sun-bathing girl
on the roof,
he
hovers in front of her
just as she catches
the tee shirt.
ODE FOR BOB DYLAN

ODE

for Bob Dylan

MY EYES ARE WIDE EXPLOSIONS
in the field of nowhere.
My pocketwatch burns air
and sprouts golden antlers.
I'm
the stand-in
for flaming stars;
my heart murmurs
are electric guitars
and
my hair
reflects in rainbows
and in aura glows
that radiate my brow.
The tinsel ice
does melt
beneath my feet --
my words are fleet --
and my songs
are an armada.
I see
the smiles of cherubs float
from the barranca.
The world with all its facets
is a whirling boat
of leopards and of mice
from which I hurl
the radiant dice
of my perceptions.
All conceptions
of boundaries
are lies!
FOR JOANNA

FOR JOANNA

HOW BEAUTIFUL GRAVITY IS!
Can I get one high?
My
heart
is
a
sky

full
of

clouds

of blood

when

I run.

I grow
wise and
young

till
I

die.

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