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New Collage published in New Delta Review

Some intricacies of cut paper appear in the latest issue here


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Where to Submit Visual Poetry

Here’s a new list of magazine rankings for those poets who traffic in the pictorial…


And check out our Biography of the Blade Back Girl. It’s in the form of a small e-book.

Art for your holiday season

I have been making art for many years.

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I began painting as a child. My mother taught and encouraged my brother and I to take our art-making very seriously.

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Masked Birches and Orange Winter Window

My latest pieces feature foraged materials and poems by my co-artner Sara Biggs Chaney.


A close up of “New Ember” (as in November)

When seen up close, they offer intimate reading experiences. At room distance, they liven up any wall.


I paint all of these with oil paint. Most are on stretched denim or jeans fabric. I enjoy the ridged effect of the denim as a ground for painting landscapes especially.


I paint landmarks from Cleveland and Vermont–my two homes.


Birches and Big Fun–a Coventry-neighborhood icon in Cleveland

The two places mingle well together when outfitted in the same durable gear.


Peaches and Wood        9 inches by 9 inches

The wooden frames distinguish the art and highlight the fabric it is painted on. In the end, it is about making art that I can share with others.

Hence, this post–as well as the etsy shop where all of these works can be purchased.

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Stop by and let me know your favorite:…





Ten Best Visual Poems

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updates to a mini oil painting of a Coventry Toy Store Big Fun


So thrilled to finish this piece. It’s not the first time I’ve painted this view.

I distinctly recall painting it the first time. It was during a small snowstorm. I had been making art on Coventry during the early 1990s, so it was not uncommon for me to be painting the buildings. I remember the sky being grey a lot. I remember a small muddy painting on cardboard of yellow construction machinery in front of Coventry library.

Big Fun was physically something different. The sight of a store front as bold as this one, with its primary colors and children’s letter-block design, took my eye. I thought it deserved artistic commemoration. I set up across the street (under an awning!) and captured the obvious contrasts.

This is a version of that original painting with redefined highlights around the legendary letters of the storefront’s signage. It’s a view of a store in its first location, a store lost to the community of physical objects only, but which lives on in every spurting can of springing socks you’ll ever imagine.

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Professor Coinhead Teaches a New Course

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Halloween Costumes for Lit Types

Trick or Trope! Halloween for Lit Lovers


Trick or Trope! Halloween for Lit Types

Okay. You’re a lit lover and it’s Halloween. Who should you be? The question seems to be unanswerable, but you’ve come to the right place. Let me solve this perennial quandary once and for all. There are five quintessential Halloween costumes that every self-respecting word smith should know well, and I’m talking carnal, experiential knowledge here. So stop wondering and start assembling the necessary materials. Make it work, designers.

  1. An Iconic Author. The list is a lot shorter than you think. Ultimately, the premise is the same as for good writing: you’ve got to know your audience. If this costume is for a group of mainly non-lit lovers, you’re limited to the visages most folks recognize and that list is short: Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman top the list–and dressing up like them would be even more cool if you’re a woman. Others include Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe.
  2. An Iconic Authorghouled up, vampirically turned or zombified. Take the icon from step one, add blood and fangs, maybe a fake mangled arm, and voila! Instant costume and spookily apropos. Here’s what I mean:


  1. Famous LITERARY Character. Okay, now things get good. Here’s where we separate the lit lovers from the posers. This category is for characters that appear in books only, not in movies or on TV. Books! Remember those? Writers do.

It’s challenging, but the costume should contain enough recognizable elements so that semi-literary onlookers will get it. Here are some possibilities: Guy De Maupassant’s Horla, from the famous short story of the same name. Kafka’s Gregor Samson in bugged-out transition. Poe’s Berenice, skeletal and grave, real grave, with lots of cool dental adornments–the tooth necklace, hair clips made of teeth, sunglasses with bicuspid rims.

In fact, you could go Poe-crazy with this category. What about the wife from the “Black Cat”? A woman could have half a sheet of drywall in front of her, a fake cat on her head, with an axe going through kitty and head. Or you could be Fortunado from “Cask of Amontillado”, wearing a fake brick wall for a front (cardboard would be perfect). Through an aperture of the brick facade onlookers would see you immured in your harlequin outfit.

Or you could be Raskolnikov with a raving mad look in the eyes, wearing a heavy blood-spattered overcoat, under which hangs an axe looped to your shoulder. There’s also Dickens’ Miss Havisham: a once-white wedding dress covered with rust, ash, and cobwebs. A very old cake as a prop would help too. Extra gross out points for eating parts of it during stylized performances of jilted sobbing.

A variation on this theme–a favorite author at the moment of a bad situation: Percy Shelly being immolated on the beach, William S. Burroughs on the night of the wife shooting, Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the midst of having his Kubla Kahn dream. There’s loads of fun buried alive in this category!

  1. Famous Characters From POETRY. Novels are easy. For experts, try dressing up as a figure from a famous poem. Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” has loads of creepy imagery in it. I can see your costume now.  Berenice would have nothing on you:

O my enemy.

Do I terrify?–

The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth?

Anyone would have a field day working up the makeup appropriate for a figure who says:

Out of the ash I rise with my red hair

And I eat men like air.

Or you could dress up as one of Ginsberg’s “angelheaded hipsters” from “Howl.” The dress code would be easy. It would just be you “cowered in unshaven rooms in underwear” and for effect, you might eat fire or show yourself chained to a huge cardboard mockup of a subway car.

Or you could be Alfred J. Prufrock. Half of you would be a middle-aged English man with a hand full of coffee spoons, the other half of you could be a giant, ragged crab claw. You could attend the party with some women dressed as mermaids who sing to everyone but you.


5. Go as a Book! Granted, this one would require some extra effort with styrofoam or cardboard, but it could be worth it. You’d build a suit-sized version of your favorite horror book opened to your favorite page, the scariest page in any book you can think of. Mine would be the room 237 scene from The Shining. You could probably get a manager at a local copy shop (they still have those right?) to get creative with you as you design the enlargements for your open pages.





Check out the video

Collaborative art and poetry?

Find it difficult to imagine? Wonder no longer. Here is a video demonstration as well as a peek inside the collaborative project of art and time we call

Month of Sundays.


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Making Rustic Frames from Birch Bark

IMG_3544Once collected, the dried and flattened bark of fallen trees can be used as a material for endless making—pages, of course, but also matting, basketry, coils or fraps.


The building block of a storehouse full of useful things waits in every fiber.




It is one of our favorite things to do in our collaboration as painter, poet, and mixed media artists.



We incorporate rustic sticks and old jeans together with some wood glue. Add a miter box, a saw, and a few nails and we create framed canvases for our art works.


This type of frame works best for subjects that suit it. It’s lovely and rugged, durable but also delicate. At the edges, paper and wood change places and dance together around a knot or along the ramp of a stiff curl before parting ways forever.


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To purchase the above painting, click here.

Latest Collaborative Art Project Month of Sundays

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