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Mark Levy/Casual Observer

All autodidacts: Thomas Alva Edison, Ernest Hemingway, Jimi Hendrix, Stanley Kubrick *** Autodidacts by Mark Levy Columnist Autodidacts, as all of us with college educations know, are people who have been partially or wholly self-taught. You may have heard of some of them. For example, among writers, Jorge Luis Borges was an autodidact. Hermann Hesse won the Nobel Prize for literature, and so did Jose Saramago, who had to abandon college because he ran out of money. So did Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali fellow who was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize. So did Ernest Hemingway, who...

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Reme Terrelonge/Poetry

Songbird’s Strum Storm Anaphora happens at the beginning. Anaphora is a prelude. Anaphora has not started to move. Anaphora is shaky. Anaphora shines obliviously. Anaphora introduces it anew. It is the birth.   An enigma is contained by small spaces. An enigma crawls. An enigma grasps at straws. An enigma holds no cards. An enigma loses itself purposefully in the woods. An enigma pulls itself upwards. An enigma stands on its own, bleeding. An enigma grows longer. An enigma shuts its eyes. An enigma descends slowly. An enigma breaks itself. An enigma loses its cards. An enigma throws the straws.| An enigma moves along. An enigma stretches between small spaces.   It chooses to start again. Omega does not send greetings. Omega shows up exactly on time. Omega takes only a moment. Omega finally looks at itself. Through the high-minted rock, sand, and steel; Through the stucco walls and pine fences; Through the marble monuments and polished limestone; Through the fragile plastics and glass; Through the wind, rain, and fire; Through the devastation and destruction; What looks back?   What sears our lines, Perfects the time, Retraces our signs, Invigorates our cries, Determines our directions, Soils our truth, Feeds us indiscretion, Abuses our sensation, Pushes for procreation, Denies habilitation, Feigns aching, Impresses on putridity, Exaggerates fertility, Conforms reality, Distracts survivability, Attracts sovereign; All that and Expulses fumes, filth, nature,...

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Tongue-Threaded Shuttle/Book Review

Homo digitalis moves to the modern implementation of 1s and zeros to explain the contemporary means of communication and understanding. “The electronic web that connects/computers, ussers,/sounds, images, texts,/in all languages and fields of knowledge/has been called the Aleph,/the point that contains all the places of the world/seen from all angles/without superposition or transparency,/the sphere without a circumference/whose center is everywhere.” A no more beautiful or fitting description of what we might find in an afterlife that unites us with the universe (unless we’re already there), as that center moves from one place to another while always remaining at the center.

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A Crack in the Sidewalk/Barbara Rosenthal

    *** Roles, Ideals and Job Descriptions: The Artist; The Viewer; The Naif; The Collector; The Curator; The Critic; The Art Dealer   by Barbara Rosenthal Contributing Columnist NYC, May 1, 2018 Try as I might continue to try, conclusions and boundaries elude me as I see in our contemporary artworld an exponentially growing trend toward assuming multiple roles. Time was ethos was, for example, no curators or critics in the same shows they curated or reviewed; no gallerist taken seriously when they said they were also an artist; no curator or critic too close to anyone in...

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The Second O of Sorrow/Review

  The Second O in Sorrow Format: Kindle Edition Size of the file: 552 KB Number of pages in the print edition: 104 pages Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd. (April 10, 2018) Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. English language ASIN: B07BTDVZ84           The Second O in Sorrow is the One that Pulls Review by Emily Vogel Poetry Editor Sean Thomas Dougherty’s most recent collection of poems, “The Second O of Sorrow” (BOA Editions) succeeds most of all in elucidating beauty, even among what is ugly, even among what is disheartening and difficult for a reader to face.  In this, he finds moments of transcending what could be considered “ordinary” and rendering it “extraordinary.”  The manner in which the poems move assumes a sense of the transience of a day, and yet the turning over of a new one—in a sense each day is a new resurrection, as in the poem “We a New Ledger:” “I want to rewrite each day after it dies/so it may keep us breathing.” In this collection, both the speaker and his wife (whom many of the poems are about) endure the obstacles of both life and death. This is evident primarily in the allusions to the “hospital” as in his poem, “We Pay the Rent We Breathe:” “To say the word orange/is to say a kind of light/the light...

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