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  • Northeast for Three Days

    Autumn Sonata

    By: Melissa Cummings - Sep 19th, 2016

    An autumn sonata.

  • Fitz Henry Lane

    Gloucester's Harbor Master

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 04th, 2016

    Walking with crutches the artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865) made his way down from a stone house to a dory in Gloucester Harbor. There as a passenger on schooners he visited and painted the harbors and inlets along the Atlantic coast. A large collection of his paintings are on view in the Cape Ann Museum.

  • Artist’s Retreat

    Media Not the Message

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 04th, 2016

    Without the usual distractions of computer and TV there was initial frustration. In retreat the reactive mind unwinds slowly gradually allowing in more gentle thoughts. Making room for Gloucester and its fishy legacy.

  • Gloucester Frame Shop

    126 East Main Street

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 03rd, 2016

    The former frame shop of poet Vincent Ferrini is now home to the Gloucester Writer's Center. We spent a week in its book -lined single room touched by the poets.

  • Grateful Dead

    On Dad’s Head

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 27th, 2016

    Like Queequeg in Moby Dick collecting heads. Not shrunken. Dad's from med school and my Tibetan skull bowl used for drinking blood.

  • This Old House

    Signs of the Time

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 26th, 2016

    Zipping along the back road. Short cut tom Pittsfield taken thousands of times. Passing old house ever more decrepit. Interesting to look at as a romantic ruin. Then, good grief, can it be Trump for President signs. Can it be a prank? The surreal semiotic of the creep who would be president.

  • Little Richard

    Those Fabulous Fifties

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 25th, 2016

    Back in the Fifties rock and roll incinerated my generation. Nobody smoked it like that wild child Little Richard.

  • Depression Glass

    Letting Go

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2016

    Buy low and sell high I thought decades ago. Planned to make a fortune on depression glass. Bought cheap at Revere Flea Market. We used some but not all of it every day.

  • Journey

    Here to Beyond

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 16th, 2016

    The journey of an artist is not a straight line. Guided by an inner compass the creative path twists and turns. Initial plans morph and change as the work follows its own momentum.

  • The Walk To The Paradise Garden

    Seasonal Reflection

    By: Stephen Rifkin - Aug 14th, 2016

    Verse for a summer's day.

  • On the Beach

    Making Waves

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 10th, 2016

    Bracing against a ferocious Nor' easter. Elders closing ranks and holding fast resisting crashing waves.

  • Bald Eagle

    Prophetic Predator

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 08th, 2016

    The giant bald eagle feasted on my flesh.

  • Swamp Talk

    Muck Slinging

    By: c - Aug 05th, 2016

    There's no reasoning with a swamp lizard.

  • Willie Loco Alexander

    Ill Be Good with The Fishtones

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 04th, 2016

    Back in the '60s I covered The Lost with Willie Loco Alexander at The Cheetah in New York. I remided him of the gig when he came to my reading at the Gloucester Writers Center. We swapped a book for his latest CD. We played it one the ride home to the Berkshires.

  • Old Movies

    Annisquam Family Dinner

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 04th, 2016

    Sister Pip, a Buddhist and vegetarian, is a fabulous cook. For this family dinner in Norwood Heights there was entertainment, old movies that Mom shot, and cassatta a Sicilian cake that Paula and Aunt Esterre brought from Brooklyn.

  • What Of It

    Well You Might Ask

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 17th, 2016

    No longer afraid of Edward Albee.

  • Lean Harvest

    Corn Ending Early

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 15th, 2016

    Local corn comes in early August and runs through frost. Not this year. Heat and drought nixed it. Local farmer is closing down early and calling it quits.

  • Two Lennys

    Bruce and Bernstein

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 12th, 2016

    During the post war era conservative America struggled to establish a vibrant culture. Two Lennys, Bruce and Bernstein, were in the thick of it but with enormous differences. Both, however, proved to have direct impact on my formative teenage years.

  • Gloucester's Song of Milarepa

    Excavating Cultural Legacy

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 10th, 2016

    Seeking enlightenment Milarepa was tasked by his master to tunnel through a mountain. Elightenment would be revealed at its other side. Digging is actually its own reward. This describes the process of probing deeply into the richness of Gloucester an endangered polis by the sea.

  • Vincent's Crib

    Retreat by the Sea

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 09th, 2016

    It was a productive week at the Gloucester Writer's Center. Astrid completed four new artist's books assembled from cutouts of her photographs. Surrounded by the unique library I read deeply into Gloucster and wrote related poems.

  • Key to Olson's Maximus

    Time, Space and Polis

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 08th, 2016

    From the beginning my the poetry project that began in August, 2014 my consigliore, Robert Henriquez, has emphasized Charles Olson, and his epic Maximus, as a resource and connector. For most it is a complex and daunting work. As he put it "an acquired taste." It takes fortitude to take it on and bend to its monumentality and density. In one of his best poems Maximus to Gloucester, Letter 27 (Withheld) Robert feels that we have the essence of his intentionality. Imagine my astonishment yesterday to find "Letter # 27" in The World Famous Non Stop Seagull Opera Meets the Fishtones at the Strand an evocative CD by legendary rocker and Gloucester native Willie "Loco" Alexander.

  • Many Gloucesters

    An End to Great God Cod

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 07th, 2016

    Circumnavigating Cape Ann there are many harbors and inlets each with their own flavor. There is a vast social, political, economic and ethnic spectrum. Initially they came to fish and farm. Now, behind the scenes, speculators are buying up priceless but decrepit waterfront property with its wharves and fish processing plants.

  • Gloucester Movie Night

    Dating Au Pair

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 07th, 2016

    Making out with the au pair after a night at the movies I parked little Pip on the swing. She was scared of the dark.

  • Olson’s Short

    Fast Forward

    By: c - Sep 06th, 2016

    Don't look back.

  • Quixotic Windmills

    Gloucester's Man of La Mancha

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 06th, 2016

    Windmills generating renewable energy. A good idea in a terrible location marring forever the precious Gloucster profile.

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