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BLUE COURTYARD

It is too difficult to describe all the colors. Blue, black, and beige will have to do. Just imagine sitting on the only chair, waiting, patiently, for every impulse to run its course. Before long, don’t try too hard, the night sky of your mind, bathed in the light of your eyes, fills up with infinite abstract possibilities.

Two posts today. They are in my mind related. Opening Reception tomorrow! Abend Gallery, Denver

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LOCAL FLORA

Careful how you peel it, succulent as it looks. No doubt it is foreign, but not completely unfamiliar. Juicy, seductive, already there is a bite out of it. Surely you want to taste before judging, so search your memory, maybe deep in the tangles there is a useful experience, a reference point to pivot from. If not, open wide.
From Cuba: An Adventure in Image and Word, Opening Reception Friday May 16 5-8pm Abend Gallery Denver. I’ll be reading at the Reception.

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PALMS

Should I cover my eyes with my hands when I look up, palm fronds undulating burlesque on ocean breezes, coconuts like phallic maracas on leggy candy cane trunks, icky odors titillating my senses, wondering my wicked smile if the reason everyone is looking and grinning is the same as mine?
Painting by Peggy McGivern, Opening Reception Friday May 16 5-8pm Abend Gallery Denver. Readings by Peter Stravlo

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TIN FENCES

The light has to be just right, to experience this sheen of blue from corrugated tin. In pure form they are primary, abstract. Alloyed together tin and blue become harmonious, useful. It’s not difficult to build such a fence, prop it up, cobble it together, let its sadness wash over you like the setting sun.
From Cuba: An Adventure in Image and Word, paintings by Peggy McGivern and verse by Peter Stravlo, Opening Reception Friday May 16 5-8pm, Abend Gallery, Colfax and York Denver. Peter will be reading at the reception

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ABOVE IT ALL

Above It All
Evolution can occur in a single lifetime, like learning a ritual. What’s important is to dance without spilling, learn to keep your head and wits about you. In school we memorize those illustrations of man through time: monkey to Homo sapiens; daughter to mother; dreaded chore to responsibility; schoolgirl to matron; childish game to purpose in life. See how poised we are through time, ladylike, proud, playful. Isn’t it grand to be Above It All, to be able to go both directions?
From Cuba: An Adventure in Image and Word, paintings by Peggy McGivern and verse by Peter Stravlo, Opening Reception Friday, May 16 5-8pm, Abend Gallery, Denver. I’ll be reading at the reception.

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WHITE ON WHITE

There’s no urgency, she’s getting her work done using a minimum of resources, living and working at the same time. Airing her laundry on the balcony, she’s my doctor or my waitress; my neighbor. We all live in the same kind of apartment, wear similar clothing, eat the same food, enjoy free education and health care. We are democratic. Instead of competing with each other, we are all in it together.

From Cuba: An Adventure in Image and Word, paintings by Peggy McGivern and verse by Peter Stravlo, Opening Reception Friday, May 16, 5-8pm, Abend Gallery, Colfax and York, Denver. I’ll be reading at the opening.

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HER FIRST PONY

They are the same size, with pink boots and similar expressions, acting grown up, like friends who consult before deciding what to wear. The muddled road, bright strip of sunshine, variegated shades down the street, a taste of blue Caribbean sky, is not a suburb or equestrian center. Tomorrow he’ll take her to school before pulling a wagon full of goods to market. Her gaze is serious, eyes focused, unsparing and unspoiled. The fondness will wane the way her coveted boots are outgrown, handed down. Her first pony is every child’s fantasy, but she is just as happy not living in a virtual world.

From Cuba: An Adventure in Image and Word, Paintings by Peggy McGivern and verse by Peter Stravlo. Opening reception Friday, May 16th, 5-8pm, Abend Gallery, Colfax and York, Denver