Nothing Wavering

Posted: February 26, 2015 in poetry

The Fluxus Kiss - CMB & JMB 2013

Nothing Wavering – by C. Mehrl Bennett

In a house of silences that engage
Two pyromaniac gymnasts,
It might be hard to believe the
Secrets of this man’s work, or the life he lives
In the company of his wife.

Everything projects a
Banal shadow of absence–
Because of the presence of a way of being–
The spectrum of this man and
His wife in a litany of Both.

Wavering lines in the sun – layered by shadows
Are at first possible, but then reproach us as impossible
Do you recognize the girl that first met this man?
She came from especially nowhere, but grew up in
A Since Possessed Dialogue.

An actor claimed to bury
This couple by adopting a lost and found attitude,
For hadn’t we lost the entire collective generation decades earlier?
Mysteriously, whether we believe the story or not
All this says is that 1953 underpins a reality.

In this power play there exists
A fifties world in which was born
The first woman, C. Mehrl Bennett
Who wrote the following poem:

GOING TO MANONG

 

The WHOLE of St. Louis is like,

At a LOSS, like, a

LOSER, chain smoking

 

This year

STINK became a team with

Everyone stinking and panting thru

46 damns on the Mississippi

From Lake Itasca to

The Gulf of Mexico

 

Time to

STAND UP your money

&

Make-believe the LOSER is

Stinking and panting HERE

INSIDE the shop

&

 

IT DON’T MATTER that you’re

Stinking and panting

&

Don’t we hold hands daily?

 

I NEEDS to

Shine up my carcass ’cause

I sell it on eBay and

Hey, it’s my money honey!

 

You DO believe me?

Don’t you?

Yes you DO but . . .

Then you DON’T

 

Yeah its

“MAKE-BELIEVE”

 

We paint THOSE people white and

THOSE people black

&

Harassed Sonya at Shanghai range

Because S$S$S$S$S$S$S$

You and she spent

ALL your money

On PAINT and shit

&

We AIN’T like stinking lizards and

AIN’T like any flopping blooms on earth!

 

You blew ALL your money so

ALL us pyromaniac gymnists

Can now speak for ourselves

BUT . . .

MOST appalling is that

ALL that money is

IN MANONG!

I’m NOT full of baloney or

Do you keep old meat?

 

ALL you wanna do is be

Slayin’  the lizard

Fighting it’s fire with

Shame and spit

 

Now ALL THAT reminds me . . .

 

YOU ALL is

Pant’in and shit’in from the

Daytime shine

&

CRIKEY !

ALL your poetry’s SO FAR OUT

That

We’ll have

 

NO

Chili

 

NO

Chocolate

 

NO

NADA tonight!

 

C. Mehrl Bennett August 2013

Poem & Blog Post revised February 2015

NOTE: I read this poem at a “100,000 Poets for Change” event at Tribes gallery in NYC on October 28, 2013, after we both (JMB & me) received an invitation from Ron Kolm, notorius member of “The Unbearables” and a contributing editor to Sensitive Skin Magazine

TLP-10-x-3-from-February-8,-2015-outside-for-web Haddock, Colin Scholl, Cheryl Penn, Thomas M. Cassidy (Musicmaster), and Matthew Stolte will be recipients of first five imperfect printouts from my ‘puter. As soon as John makes TLP edition from perfected copy, & braves the elements to go to post office, more will go forth into the non-digital universe via snail mail. [This condensed web-version is not fit for printing, BTW.]TLP-10-x-3-from-February-8-2015-inside-for-web

Sitting and Smiling

Posted: February 14, 2015 in Uncategorized
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http://www.sittingandsmiling.com

Above link is our son, Ben’s, website. He documents his four hour sessions of Sitting and Smiling via YouTube videos.

What Do We Know? — a video made by CMB during Fabio Doctorovich’s visit to OSU Thompson Library’s Special Collection.


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https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmehrlbennett/sets/72157647982989214/

R-E-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N

Posted: November 28, 2014 in family, video, YouTube
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REPETITION is a video composed of four short videos made up of repetitive images, movements, and sounds; allowing time for reflection in a deeper, less hurried manner upon the subject matter; and also for rhythm to occur, with variations (or not). Kudos to Paul Baker for two cello soundtracks, and to my cousin Cindy and my dad for serving as my beloved video subjects.

Click arrow to view this video on YouTube.

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Jacarandá tree

Jacarandá tree

I know that looking at other people’s travel photos is boring, so I’ve made a couple videos with sound tracks and most of the photos fly by at 4 seconds, plus there are a few short video footages of interesting stuff and fun events in Buenos Aires that we witnessed and pARTicipated in earlier this month (November 2014).
Javier took us to the city’s very formidable art museum (a beautiful Gauguin painting amid various other treasures) and to the big new library building, where there were a number of interesting exhibitions, including papers by famous Argentinian writers and poets and an exhibit of cartoonists’ works. Video Bardo will have a big performance event outside the main library in a couple days!
and also
are the videos I made yesterday and today from my personal travel & event photo/videos, though they don’t include ALL my photos or all the places we visited or they would become too long and boring for you. As it is they are about five and eight minutes long.