my whole life all i have really wanted is to be a woman in a leonard cohen song

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

Night Walks

Late at night I like to go out and walk through a neighborhood that is several bus stops away. The windows are always open and the lights are always on so I can see inside of the houses perfectly. Nothing is as erotic to me as watching a posh family of four eating their dinner or an exhausted husband and father slouch in his study with a glass of scotch or brandy. I take to the shadows and watch watch watch -wondering about their limpid window lives that I have the delight to observe.

A monocled man waltzing with a corseted bust -having the time of his life probably."I’ve never been this close to a women before.Oh, don’t say such naughty things!”The conversation had during the waltz, most likely.

Fill and fulfill the raggedy wretch reeling on your floor (she is the pungent prurient pleading on her knees).