Silent Partner

SILENT PARTNER was originally published in 86 Logic, Spring 2021. No need to mention any of the names of those who ask me, “Why so quiet, James?” In truth, I’m quiet since I do not choose to shallowly discuss the evening news, to idly chat about weather reports or wager over who should win at […]

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LIFE IS BUT A MEME

LIFE IS BUT A MEME The knowledge and folly of the world are containedwithin the internet today. We carry it in pocket, purse or car, or mobile access to it anyway. It hasn’t made us any wiser though, to have these tidbits at our beck and call. If anything, it’s dumbed us down.Y’ know?The viral […]

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MONKEYS SHINED

MONKEYS SHINED          The keyboard monkeys, ad infinitum, may randomly type out a Shakespeare play, but publishing monkeys may well spite ‘em, printing only the pap that sells today.          The chance of brilliance, vanishingly small, is filtered through some monkey business sense and may never make the bookshelves at all — some monkeys see […]

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Too Good An Opportunity To Miss

I have to ask for help to make this happen. Bard Of Mars At “La Ville Rose” Your donation will allow me to present my poetry in person to a scientifically inclined audience of five thousand international guests.  I hope to affirm for them that science and poetry are not in opposition, but benefit by […]

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STENDHAL SYNDROME

STENDHAL SYNDROME He gave his nom de plume to a syndrome that speeds the heart and makes consciousness faint in the presence of preserved pronouncements, skillfully and visually presented, conveying significance or beauty. Art is a three-letter word, and, like God, sublime for the most part. Look in its face, and you‘ll see beyond brushstrokes […]

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EVENING NEWS

EVENING NEWS   “I don’t want a lecture; please don’t shout it. Just tell me what you think it means for me. I don’t want to know too much about it – just bottom-line it; the details bore me. “I don’t want to hear, if it’s depressing. Just say what’s immediately in store. My plate […]

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SCENE SEEN

   SCENE SEEN We live in just a few frames of the film that tells the epic tale of existence, and, through careful study of our moment, we believe we can grasp the whole picture. Maybe, assuming the plot’s logical and our faith (founded in cause and effect) is unerring, we can work out the […]

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Moral Compass

Needle spins too fast to point in firm direction, easy to lose way. No one anymore can distinguish greater good from lesser evil. When profit is weighed against cost in human lives, we sail uncompassed.  

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THEN AS NOW

THEN AS NOW The first paintings on walls in a cave by Cro-Magnons were really quite brave. In the Arts, life was tough. Early critics were rough, and, at openings, few would behave. It is interesting to realize that most cave art was actually done by women.  The assumption that cavemen painted cave art was […]

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