In this blog we will share with you our vision of beauty, balance, harmony.

As Mark Leach writes in his book Raw Colour with Pastels: “Sound is all around us, and it is musicians who refine that sound into something of beauty. As a painter, I have always felt that my purpose is to craft colour in a similar way, to see through the confusion and seek harmony and beauty.”

And we add: Words, fragments of sentences, spoken noise is all around us, and Ken arranges words in such a way as to capture beauty in the accidental, the ambient soundtrack of life.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pavarotti's Hanky

Die Zugfahrt - The Train Ride 40 x 30 cm Acryl on HDF board


We are asked to believe
Little Pete the street poet is Rimbaud
in no-ass pants, gobs of grubby
underwear hanging out
like Pavarotti’s hanky. Next, the Zeitgeist
comes prancing out of You Tube
singing hey looky looky at me
clutching its crotch and before long 
you clutch yours as well just
to see what it feels like even if
the terrain is well known to you. Not a
major issue any way you
look at it. After all
life could be more harrowing; at least you 
aren’t slotted for a body bag fitting
somewhere in the Hindu Kush. Demo-
graphically and even geographically  
you’re all wrong for such a last act. Are 
probably not from Kansas, from god
awful west Louisiana, from anywhere
in the Kentucky fried heartland.
You’ve never seen a trailer park or fired a gun,
never did crystal meth, never carelessly
impregnated your underage girlfriend
because rubbers weren’t available at Stop N’ Go.
You are not necessarily of the opinion that God hates fags.
No, you talk the talk or at least
try to and wait for signals from
somewhere far away
and unbearably cool, even if that only means
wearing the most unthinkable shoes
ever thought of. And yet
who doesn’t end up a like a tarnished icon
milking applause at a state fair? Who isn’t
Bobby Vinton in Sacramento?
The Beach Boys in Springfield, Illinois?
Andy Warhol just before he put his wig on the last time?

Nessun dorma - Puccini
sung by Luciano Pavarotti

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