• Panem et Circences

    Night Before Crystalnacht

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 06th, 2016

    After months of a slash and burn campaign, the most vile in American history, neighbors are gathering for dips and chips to watch election returns. It is less an end than a beginning of four more years of a nation divided and congressional gridlock.

  • Squat

    Assume the Position

    By: Melissa Cummings - Sep 19th, 2016

    Visiting the frog pond.

  • Northeast for Three Days

    Autumn Sonata

    By: Melissa Cummings - Sep 19th, 2016

    An autumn sonata.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Puppy

    Mondo Cane

    By: Melissa Cummings - Sep 20th, 2016

    Puddle hopping with puppy at the market.

  • Redux

    Return to Forever

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 22nd, 2016

    Circle games.

  • Pendulum

    Slush Puppies

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 28th, 2016

    On Thursdays a group of us meet at Sushi House in North Adams to get our fix. There are Margaritas all around. At just five bucks Joy makes the best in the Berkshires.

  • Ranting and Raven

    What's Great About Yeats

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 26th, 2016

    Midnight at the oasis.

  • Protean

    It Ain't Me Babe

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 26th, 2016

    Morning thoughts the day after turning seventy six.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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