Monthly Archives: October 2009

Iraq And Afghanistan Soldier’s Poetry / Art Slam Session 34

” A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN To all,

All Images Courtesy of www.doverpublications.com

 

See you next Saturday!

 

Please send any thoughts or ideas to shivazzzzz@aol.com and I will post or use comments area, thanks,

www.ivaw.org Iraq Veterans Against The War

www.iava.org Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

www.veteransforpeace.org Veterans for Peace

 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor

 

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Friday Night Gallery Chat / Returns! Viola and Paik

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Good evening ,when I last left you we were discussing the work of Bill Viola and Nam June Paik – hopefully you have attempted to form an opinion on what you think is the crux of their work.

Video installation for Nam June Paik and Media/Installation for Bill Viola.

 

Nam June Paik is an interesting artist and always has a new idea or concept for his work, the elements are disparate and symbolic.  There is a tinge of spirituality to his work  mixed with reflection.

here is another example,

Image from wikipedia

Detail of Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii
 
I think his work is truly beautiful  with a strong sense of placement.

 

From Wikipedia

Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932January 29, 2006) was a Korean-born American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the first video artist.[1] He may have been the author of the phrase “Information Superhighway”, which, according to his own account, he used in a Rockefeller Foundation paper in 1974[2].

Nam June Paik

The picture was taken by Lim Young-kyun in 1983 while Nam June Paik was in New York City
Korean name
Hangul 백남준
Hanja
Revised Romanization  class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””>Baek Nam-jun
McCune–Reischauer   

 

Bill Viola was more of a straight contemporary artist for whom process was more important than the art, by that I mean- the actual engagement  with the medium, the working on the piece was more important to him than the end result. 

Sometimes in art the underlying meaning to the artist and the viewer is more significant than the piece itself.

Art is not a simple thing there are many layered interpretations, if it is done well…

an example,

From Wikipedia,

Bill Viola (born United States of America, 1951) is a contemporary video artist. Viola is considered a leading figure in the generation of artists whose artistic expression depends upon electronic sound and image technology New Media.[1]

 

Have a pizza ladened night!

I know I am going to stuff myself silly!

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Wednesday Flash Story (Time For Another Latte Break, Jerry) For The Workers Of The World

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(Serial Flash story, Part 4)

 

“BLACK”

 

” No Way ,”  Artell whispered, ” this is what we came here for.” 

The figures hadn’t noticed the jeep yet.

Artell watched as they drifted around the forest in concentric patterns, releasing beams of light that emanated from their hands then entered their foreheads.

” Artell.  Backup, before they notice this truck.  It is too dangerous to stay here.”

Artell jammed the jeep into gear searching for reverse.  ” you’re right, we need film of their ships.” She pushed the clutch in and slowly backed up.

” Watch it! ”  Sandra said in a hoarse whisper.  The jeep slammed into a tree making a large  crunching noise. They both stopped breathing.

The figures continued to mingle and fly around the forest.  ” They must be in some sort of trance, otherwise we would both be on a laboratory table by now,” Artell said. 

” Cripes, why did I ever come with you.”  Sandra searched her tool box for something she could use for defense.

” You watch, and I’ll back it up again.”  Artell carefully repositioned the truck, and hit reverse again.  Sandra with pick axe  in hand, was mesmerized by the scene before her.  She counted forty- five of the small creatures.  The beams they released were in various  colors and intensities.

The jeep burst into daylight.

“I’ll head down Bear Tavern road, then we can hike up and avoid any further encounters.  ”  There was no time for Artell to digest what she had seen.  She must retain her focus if they were to survive. 

It took fifteen minutes to reach the base of the mountain.  Artell parked the jeep in a bed of brush with the roof peeking out above a mound of cattails.  She popped the trunk, reached for her camera and seized a handful of film.  Sandra sorted through her tool box adding the flash light to her pick axe, which she jammed into her Dutch military pouch.  Their eyes met for a split second.  With faint smiles they began trampling toward the thick of the forest.

 

To be continued…

 

Image from Google Images

 

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Iraq And Afghanistan Soldier’s Poetry/ Art Slam, Session 33

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Good evening,

A photograph tonight,

From Goggle Images / rawfijinews.wordpress.com

 

Have a good evening,

See you Saturday,

Please send any thoughts or ideas to shivazzzzz@aol.com and I will post or use comments area, thanks,

  

www.ivaw.org Iraq Veterans Against The War

www.iava.org Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

www.veteransforpeace.org Veterans for Peace

 

 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor

 

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Poem – A Gardner’s Hand

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A GARDNER’S HAND

Red berry resting in a mud encrusted palm,

Sound of nothing rustling in my ears,

Lost in the dirt wind wet… heaven.

 

Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground

Image from Google images /   www.bluejake.com

 

PEACE

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Mid Week Flash Story (How Much Longer Must I Wait For Friday To Arrive! oops…The Aliens Tried To Suppress My Story…)For The Workers Of The World.

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(Serial Flash Story Part 3)

 

” BLACK “

 

” This is different.  Weird. I think you could be right.”

Sandra took off her gloves.  ” Damn it’s hot,” she glanced at her watch, ” and it’s only seven thirty.  Where are you headed Artell? “

” I have a plan. ” Artell  dropped the fragment against the ground, watching as it spread flat then snapped back to its original shape.  ” Since we have visitors, so close by, I want a record of it – up close and real – a record of exactly what is happening behind that mountain range.”

” Didn’t you hear the warning given over the net? You could go to jail. That area  is crawling with black suits.”

” I know, but once an investigative reporter, well you know… Want to come?  You can be the look out… my backup.”

Sandra gathered up her tools, many of them were old archaeological implements used in well-known digs.  She had been collecting them for twenty years. The hammer she held was the same one Howard Carter used to chip away the plaster seal in the antechamber of Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt.  Sandra rubbed the edge of the hammer, then said.

“Your car or mine?”

Artell jumped into the jeep and cleared off the seat next to her.  ” We’d better take mine since who knows what kind of terrain we will be travelling on.”   Sandra grabbed her toolbox and hopped into the passenger seat  as the back wheels spit out stones.

It was a thirty minute ride up to the spot Artell had in mind, plenty of trees for cover and an open view of the valley behind the mountains.  She looked at her watch. It was five after eight.  A stand of pine trees guarded the perimeter of the forest.  They proceeded down the dirt trail.

Cool air flowed through the windows of the jeep producing goosebumps and a thin-film of steam on the window.  Artell put her headlights on.  Sandra hung her head out the window to catch the misty breeze.

“Get the video up and running, Artell, there is something up ahead,”  Sandra whispered as branches brushed her arm,  “Holy schmoley, get down.”

Artell reduced her speed taking care not to get stuck in the road which was half mud and half rocks.  She saw small figures crisscrossing amongst the trees.

” What the…”?   The dimly lit area made it hard to see anything, but gradually Artell glimpsed figures between two and four feet high.

” Let’s get out of here.”  Sandra murmured whipping her head back into the jeep.

 

To be continued…

 

 

 

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Iraq and Afgahnistan Soldier’s Poetry / Art Slam Session 32

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Good Afternoon,

A poem.

 

MY DREAMS

 My dreams have stopped,

My dreams have disappeared,

My dreams are filled with fear,

I sit and wait for a new dream to appear,

Something I can believe in and hold dear.

My time will come  –  if I can just hold on for one more night.

 

Hold on… they said, we’re listening.

 

 

BJHC

 A poem for all the soldiers with PTSD injuries.

 

 

 

When you try your best but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse.

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above earth or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream, down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face and I…

Tears stream, down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face and I…

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you.
 

“FIX YOU ”  lyrics         Coldplay Band

 

Image from Google Images

 

Have a good evening,

See you next Saturday,

Please send any thoughts or ideas to shivazzzzz@aol.com and I will post or use comments area, thanks,

  

www.ivaw.org Iraq Veterans Against The War

www.iava.org Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

www.veteransforpeace.org Veterans for Peace

 

 This Slam will continue until all our soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

 BJ Halliday Crawley     Editor

 

 

 

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