Artist Anna RizzardiPhotographer Anna Rizzardi



Finally revived
From your half-truths

Lies: sins of omissions
You took my breath away
Laid me to rest
While Lying in Wait — four days
I traveled to Nain
Bethany and Galilee too
Cruel is the beautiful ugly man
Whose façade got wet
Exposing the bone


“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
― Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

Jewel – “Who Will Save Your Soul

Affectation was originally posted October 22, 2015.


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Ilse Bing – Ellen Auerbach, 1949. Photos, Big Sur California 1949.




Beneath a yellow autumn sky
Rain fell heavy: cast-iron buckshot
Pierced a flapping storm-soaked umbrella
Open-shut open-shut
A mockingbird injured in mid-flight
Grounded, wretched and wild
Hung in the closet
Skin-to-suit drip-dry

Been pushed aside
Punished long and hard
Stood in the shade of blue
Shut all the windows
Barricaded the sun and moon
Swallowed pride: bones and all
Choked up life: the charred remains
Slept in the grave, bedside

Woke — Realized

You and your pseudo avant-garde lifestyle
Experimental cologne: Raid
Innovative mouthwash: RID
Both acid-base slow-release
Intoxicating airborne pheromones
Kept me listening to your half-truths
Alliterations and slant-rhymes
When in reality you’re just a postmodernist
Full of incompleteness, living an unresolved life


“What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.”
— Constantin Brancusi


Video — “Great photographers. Ilse Bing”

Mockingbird was originally posted February 01, 2016.


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Drone On

The Co-op — Photograph by Mia Pharaoh


Drone On
10 Words

We can never fully escape the reach of the collective.


“Social media is something of a double-edged sword. At its best, social media offers unprecedented opportunities for marginalized people to speak and bring much needed attention to the issues they face. At its worst, social media also offers ‘everyone’ an unprecedented opportunity to share in collective outrage without reflection.”
— Roxane Gay


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