Chapter 2: Rilke’s Duino Elegies

This afternoon I finished a new draft of what will be chapter 2 of my book on the standing metaphor. The subtitle is Poēsis and the *sta Constellation. Here the first page. I published an early version of this in The German … Continue reading

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Skewing a Life

In his Roughing It, Mark Twain claimed this about Joseph Smith’s writing of the Book of Mormon: “Whenever he found his speech growing too modern–which was about every sentence or two—he ladled in a few such Scriptural phrases as “exceeding … Continue reading

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per-sonal effects…Alex Caldiero’s latest book

“You don’t have anything to worry about, if you have a sound mind.” Thus ends one of the prose poems that make up this new book, a poem that begins with the conclusion “I need to die.” Who of us … Continue reading

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First Lines

The first lines of some of the books I have read this year: . . . I know, I understand, I shouldn’t have done it. The skeletons mutiny and push all the pussycats overboard. I sing the city. Fucking city. … Continue reading

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Christ Child with Walking Frame / Christ Carrying the Cross

Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. I spend hours in the large room that displays eight or ten of Breugel’s best known paintings (The Peasant Wedding, Saul on the Road to Damascus, Hunters in the Snow, Peasant Dance, and so on), reading … Continue reading

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REFLECTIONS ON ALEX CALDIERO’S “BAGGAGE”

Friday evening, a week before the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s retrospective exhibition of Alex’s work closes, I spend an hour in the Street Gallery with time to reflect on what I am experiencing. Standing at the door leading into … Continue reading

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Ivo Andrić Prize

In May, Peter Handke was awarded the “Ivo Andrić Prize” by the Andrić Institute in Višegrad for the best book published in Serbia or the Republic of Srpska during 2020. The award was for the novel “The Second Sword: May … Continue reading

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ERA…The end of a friendship that continues

An email today from Zarko: Dear Scott, I am shaken by the death of my friend Era. This man may have been the most important person in my life. . . . Everything I know and am related to art … Continue reading

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BAGGAGE: Alex Caldiero in Retrospect

These images are from the catalogue for the exhibition just mounted by the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. The exhibition will be open until June. As you can see, the catalogue is a brilliant expansion and … Continue reading

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Richard Long in Woodland Hills?

I was walking past our neighbor’s alfalfa field yesterday and saw this: Richard Long has been visiting our town! That was my immediate conclusion. He makes or witnesses lines in natural settings, like this one from his book “Mountains and … Continue reading

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