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  • Trump the Stump

    Harder They Fall

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 22nd, 2016

    Trump, like the tallest tree in the forest, come election day reduced to a stump.

  • 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.

  • Blessing of the Fleet

    Our Lady of Good Voyage

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 06th, 2016

    During Colonial times they settled in Gloucester's Stage Fort Park to work the Grand Banks. Ever diminished that continues to this day. Now a handful of boats earn a living from the sea. Hard times impact ethnic balance as Italians and Portuguese sell their homes, abandon neighborhoods, and move away from the trade of their ancestors.

  • Leviathan

    Gloucester's Maud / Olson Library

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 05th, 2016

    Ralph Maud (1928-2014) was a colleague and friend of Charles Olson, and a leading authority on Olson’s life and work. Maud was interested in the sources of Olson’s poetry, and undertook the ambitious task of identifying and collecting a copy of every book Olson had ever owned, read, or referred to. The Maud / Olson Library opened close to the Gloucester Writers Center in June.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What Of It

    Well You Might Ask

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 17th, 2016

    No longer afraid of Edward Albee.

  • Traffic Stop

    Honk If You Love Trump

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 13th, 2016

    Stuck in traffic, such as it is in bucolic North Adams, the angry dude was freaking out. Passing by I found out why.

  • Lockup Room Talk

    Presidential Sexploits

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 13th, 2016

    Just locker-room talk claims the Donald caught in a raunchy rant. Not action like Bill Clinton and Cheating Hillary his enabling wife. Hey folks fooling around in the Oval Office is nothing new.

  • Scars on the Water

    Balmy Autumn Day

    By: Melissa Cummings - Oct 09th, 2016

    With winter approaching enjoying the reprieve of a balmy day at the beach.

  • Muckraking

    Down and Dirty

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 07th, 2016

    Yankee diddle and doodle.

  • Chatting

    Cat Named Cat

    By: Melissa Cummings - Oct 07th, 2016

    Wonders of nature and a cat named cat.

  • Juvenalia

    Portrait of the Artist

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 01st, 2016

    It was tough to get out of bed on Saturday mornings to attend classes at Mass Art. There was no art or music offered at Boston Latin School. Just tough subjects. But those sessions were a joy that launched a life in the arts.

  • Mom for President

    From Mayor to Oval Office

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 29th, 2016

    It was in all the papers. Mom was Mayor of Boston for a day. From there it was just a hop, skip and a jump to the Oval Office. Never quite happened but Mom would have been a great President.

  • Paisan

    All Trumped Up

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 28th, 2016

    There goes the hood.

  • Autodidact

    Life in the Fast Lane

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 23rd, 2016

    My friend Jim Jacobs can do just about anything, physical or mental, when he sets his mind to it.

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