Takato Yamamoto

Who wants to sit in a pumpkin patch with me all of Hallow’s Eve? I’ll bring the refreshments if you bring the treats.

Haunted by this…

What is important to you?
The most important thing is peace of mind … growing out of an assurance about one’s relationships with others. Relationships that you can count on that won’t backfire … on which you can turn your back and not fear some sort of a reprisal or betrayal. It’s a dependence thing. You have a relationship that becomes a metaphor for your relationship with the rest of the world. And if it’s a secure and loving relationship on which you can count for your needs, physical, mental, and emotional to be filled, then you have what most people lack. You have going for yourself a balanced energizing situation. Then you can turn around and put your energy into a lot of different things because you can take this other thing for granted. A person loves you. You know that this love will not fail you under virtually any circumstance. This love is for you and you alone. Something for you that is for no one else. That’s important. When you have that I think you have a treasure."

David Ignatow, The Art of Poetry No. 23

Interviewed by Gerard Malanga


Hans Makart, The Death of Cleopatra (detail)

Stubborn eye make-up not coming off? Cry until your sockets swell shut and your runny make-up will be the least of your problems.

Google Street View: A Selfie