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My accordian book titled: FOURTEEN PICTOGLYPH STORIES, was created using a series of pictoglyphs I designed. (See THIS separate posting at this blog for a slideshow about that accordian book)  I had these rubber stamps made from many of the glyphs.



Deport DaDa !

Posted: September 27, 2014 in Digital Art, drawing, poetry, shoes, visual poetry
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Deport Dada!


I’ll ding 21 of 35 in 20 dance terms as a parting token

Support the arts! .. that artificial hell issued President Wash U. S.

Fostering cultures and the ache surprise f-fabric, landscapes, erotic symbols

Ill eats only started to scatter, breaking where the public review of adverse

Prosperity, creativity, goodness, and BARACK! BARACK!



The arts are fundamental to beauty, ethnicity, religion, or age performance…

For Breton it was out of cabaret and the words are of those eaten OMMMMMMMMMS

Your tax NOTICE, Dear Ms NOTHING, and he ate canned beans,

denied in whole or in part, NO COST TO YOU!

Portraits, visiting cards, bit ‘o five franc notes,

Defaced… Support the Arts! … that Dada should employ Benefits!


You can request message I delivered, that every higher GPA, service-benefit, and music

Support the event: Breton had fallen on our prom containing obscene drawings and

Spectatorship: We hold their attention the date you received creativity, goodness and

A few months ago the typical items such as meals take place out of cabaret and the

Bet was processed in notice of the adverse beatification,

Please state whether you request documents or information, That’s the Union

Of all ice: we try an erection when the reason you believe a nearby cafe to be

Threatening and subversive, they ennoble our values, build bridges when times are tough…


Art is conventions to create a new type of artistic action and review your animation of our

Air, making moments into the .1 millions, generating a peanut seller, partly because

The hat   and   or proxy, an he us to her in I to ork my condom, and seep the pin hood

Education laden Dada group, decanting, then wanting the event into a rut through

Improved academic standardized test scores, audience relations improperly denied comments,

questioned within 30 days of the NIT …

OUT pu-U-zation has an OUT of tourism …

Arts travelers would be confronted, imagined better than in a theatre!


OW! (Said with two or more voices) ILL you is at we OK the at of off, here is NISHED and to end each and

In a manner you can understand through

This, We, a hand of tens



Shadow print

Misplaced mirage

A thinker chair

Window movie

Baseball hat swan

Hand wheelie

Deja mirror

Skull postcard

Billboard itch

Wide load towed


C. Mehrl Bennett


Staten Island Flux Walk



















































CMB 12/13/2015


Do Not Buy Fruit
rubber stamps
or a gun

Do Not Buy Olives
or a photograph

Do Not Buy Fish
or a hat

Do Not Buy Bread
or a cat

Do Not Buy Envelopes
or a suitcase

Do Not Buy Art
or a bus ticket

Buy a House instead.

C. Mehrl Bennett Jan. 3, 2013 (Revised Dec. 13, 2015)

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After arriving in NYC Friday, we spent the rest of the afternoon with Richard Kostelanetz and his very good friend, Nona Eleanor Ellis, at Kosti’s “RidgeWood-SoHo” studio/library/living space (including swimming pool). It’s a large converted warehouse right by a subway exit/entrance in the Queens/Bushwick area called Ridgewood. I really enjoyed examing his ‘word jars’, turning each in full to read. CLICK HERE to see my video of Kosti’s wordjars. John & Richard exchanged their books and discussed their forthcoming book, AMINIMA. We went with Richard to an art opening of a curated exhibit that focused on COLOR, and I got a few photos of the art and a nice one of John & Kosti. Afterwards we met our son, John Also, who still sometimes works for Richard (he is currently putting together his father’s & Kosti’s new book: AMINIMA) at a nearby Dominican restaurant, along with Kosti’s assistant and a young relative of Kosti’s. The next day – Nico Vassilakis, Bob and Marilyn R. Rosenberg, and John Also accompanied us to Sidewalk Cafe after a happy gathering at Katz’s. John had a last minute invite to read BEFORE Tribes at Sidewalk Cafe at the behest of Valery Oisteneau (who’d just returned from overseas) so we all were LATE getting back to Tribes to read in their 100,000 Poets for Change event, but it was OK, as Ron Kolm and a few others (Exp: Steve and Yuko Delachinsky) were in the same boat. The poetry reading at Tribes went well. Both of us read there. We were pleased to meet Stacey Sollfrey and her Louis at Tribes, and went out for a drink afterwords. We were thirsty as we’d been packed in Tribes like sardines, but still, Tribes was COOL! We met artist William (Bill) Anthony for brunch the next day and exchanged books. Bill signed his substantial retrospective book IRONIC ICONS for us and included an original drawing! That book is part of the Smithsonian collection and beautifully produced in hard cover, and in addition William Anthony’s books&papers are now part of The OSU Avant Writing Collection, which John curates, though there was some discussion with the OSU cartoon library before it landed with The Avant Writing Collection. After chewing the fat (french fries for Bill at the French restaurant connected to The Jane Hotel) we parted ways – then John & I spent spent the afternoon at MOMA- GREAT Rene Magritte special exhibit! – took a walk on the high line parkway – then went to a Mexican restaurant and wrote four cinquains while waiting for chicken mole. Speaking of eats – the BEST was Saturday in Chinatown, a DIM SUM style meal – well worth the wait! Many thanks to our son for taking us there. Bought some books for him at The Strand in appreciation.

BELOW is a photo taken by Bob Rosenberg of four of us artist/visual poets in front of KATZ’S Deli, all of whom are included in Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill’s book THE LAST VISPO. I am holding my very first “chocolate egg creme” drink which Nico encouraged me to try… and I heartedly recommend! THE LAST VISPO is an anthology of visual poetry created between 1998 to 2008 – Nico Vassilakis and Crag Hill are primary editors, and there were four contributing editors, myself included. It was published last fall by Fantagraphics Press in Seattle OR. …So CLICK HERE to see the Luna Bisonte Prods Lulu website where you can find books by all FOUR LAST VISPO ARTISTS and more !

Nico and Marilyn exchanged books at Katz’s after Marilyn finished signing many copies of THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS), which is a collaboration between her and me. The last books that LBP published was the 2nd (revised) Edition of The Book of Soles (Souls) and Nico’s book, MOMENTS NOTICE. Both are full color visual poetry books.

Marilyn R. Rosenber, Nico Vassilakis, C. Mehrl Bennett, John M. Bennett

Marilyn R. Rosenber, Nico Vassilakis, C. Mehrl Bennett, John M. Bennett

What follows are
the four cinquains that
John and I wrote
in NYC on 9/29/2013
as we waited for chicken mole:

After big lunch
Beano in my pocket
And a bunch of sweating watch fobs
Lined up

Big Lint
Cloud over sun
Shredded fog under hat
Condensation dripping in my
Sharp sock

“y tu madre”
He said to his pet dog
Who was shitting in his big shoe
Box bed

I said “Sordo”
Sordo era ayer
Today I remember my ears

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NOTE: This collage is not a collaboration, however the SHOE SOLE theme is one that I first began working on collaboratively with Marilyn R. Rosenberg, a visual poet and book artist from New York. We worked digitally by exchanging files as email attachements and adding layers using Photoshop Elements. CLICK HERE to see The Book of Soles (Souls) which is now available in a Second (revised) Edition at the Luna Bisonte Prods P.O.D. website. The first edition stopped being available because Lulu decided that saddle stapled books in that size were not profitable, so LBP had to go to a slightly smaller size, which needed revisions to fit dimensions that shortened but widened the page spreads. A few minor texts were added and I finagled color saturation and contrasts on the first page spread to improve text legibility, etc.

Marilyn R. Rosenberg and C. Mehrl Bennett - 2nd Edition (revised)

Marilyn R. Rosenberg and C. Mehrl Bennett – 2nd Edition (revised)

The image at left is the ONE PIECE COVER whereby the back cover is on the left and the front cover in on the right – NO SPINE as this is a saddle stapled full color book.

Still available are FOUR designs from four pagespreads in THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS) which are fully pin-hole perforated artistamp sheets – all signed by MRR and myself. At, under NEW LUNA BISONTE PRODS, go to page nine or later to order a set of artistamp sheets and a signed copy of our book & please specify via Paypal note if you prefer the 2nd edition over the 1st edition.

In late March on a Thursday at the Community Arts High School, as part of the Marginal Arts Fest in Roanoke VA, John and I held a workshop for a class about writing & performing experimental poetry. One of the exercises we did was to pass out a chart of persons posed as the alphabet and ask teams of two to perform two word phrases. All phrases included the word ‘FOOT’. The writers Thomas M. Cassidy (Mpls MN) and T.J. Anderson were also in attendance, so that class was Hopp’in! We had really enjoyed Tom’s class, which came before ours, in which he read some of his incredible semi-biographical narrative poems. Many thanks to MAF organizer Warren Frye, who, along with Olchar Lindsann, was herding students into a frenzy of creativity.

Later that day on the walls of my little space at The Boxley (Headquarters of ‘Philosophy Inc’ aka Matt Ames) with the help of Tom Cassidy, b.b. grims, and JMB – I mounted a small exhibit of a few remnants from other artists’ fluxus score performances at the previous month’s 2013 Chicago Fluxfest – plus lots of multiples that had been distributed as freebies by that congregation of artists. Tom Cassidy had a room next to mine in which he displayed crazy & imaginative character drawings and designs, some were collaborations with JMB (maybe others too, like Jim leftwich and Scott Helmes and Marilyn R. Rosenberg).

I used one of my father’s old doctor bags that he’d used for house calls to carry around my fluxus score props, such as a ‘foot lamp’ and tongue depressors stamped with the word ‘FOOT’. One by one as a curious Boxley Bldg. onlooker would step into my office, I would examine mouths with a FOOT lamp & FOOT tongue depressor and then award each a certificate with lifetime permission to stick foot in mouth. This inspired Sue Leftwich’s son, Aaron, to demonstrate how he could put his actual foot into his mouth, and inspired Ralph Eaton (MAF parade organizer & clown shoe float construction engineer extraordinaire) to demonstrate how he could put his entire fist in his mouth!

Later that evening at The Boxley, many of us took turns performing for a seated audience. After performing my “Red Lips” score by siting one of Christine Tarantino’s last mailart projects (“Sometimes I Need Red Lips”) and putting on red lipstick, I passed out postcards I’d created with the mailart I’d contributed to her project & a B+W headshot of myself with red lips. Christine passed away last year from cancer.

After choreographing the short poem “WLK” by John M. Bennett using a circle of nine people, and assigning them words from the poem to utter as I walked past them, I then threw each of my shoes in middle of the circle at two separate points,  waiting for Tomislav Butkovic to say “the” before I could “drop the other shoe”.

FORK LINT is a phrase that either John or I came up with, we’re not sure as we sometimes just bandy about words for two-word phrases, but I do remember ‘LINT’ being my contribution. With lint from our dryer and little silver plastic appetizer forks, I made about forty pins which I gifted to people during the Marginal Arts Festival – strangers and friends alike. In one of the photos here (by Matt Ames), I’m peeking into the workroom at The Boxley where collage & stamping materials were set up by Jim Leftwich to make art, vispo, or collabs, and I’m offering a FORK LINK pin.

Ginny Lloyd had asked me to perform her FLUXUS DIRECTIONS score while I was at MAF, and so on Friday morning I found an “X” in the form of an intersection outside Olchar Lindsann’s house (after being served breakfast by Susan Jamison, who is, along with Tif Robinette, a “Circus Pony” performance artist; and after an intrigueing lecture by Olchar about early avant-gaarde movements in France that included passing around rare old books from his library). An artist and friend from Maine, Robert Saunders, was there with spouse, Kala Ladanheim, who kindly documented the performance via digital video. See it on YouTube via clicking on THIS LINK

On Friday evening at The Boxley Bldg (Philosophy Inc), ROTTY WHAT did a performance. Members of ROTTY WHAT are our son, Ben Bennett (percussion on home-made instruments), my husband, John M. Bennett (voice/sound art), and Jack Wright (improvisational saxophonist from Pennsylvania). After a rousing performance Ben & Jack left Saturday morning to continue with a tour of the South East with a different band member (Evan Lipson on bass) with which, after 9 more gigs as a band called WREST, they would finish up in Dayton OH two weeks later before a crowd of 20 appreciative listeners.

On Saturday afternoon I paraded around in my junk assemblage bonnet (shouting “Fork Lint”) along with some of the other members of the Be Blank Consort who spouted poetry along the way. In the outdoor carnival at Community Arts H.S. that followed, The BBC performed a set after a band played; the high school’s principal was a hip member of that band! BBC members that day were (from left to right in photo) Billy Bob Beamer, Olchar Lindsann, John M. Bennett, C. Mehrl Bennett, Tomislav Butkovic, and Warren Fry.

Great times & meals were shared with all our friends during MAF, though we were sad to say goodbye to Tom Cassidy, our son Ben, and Jack Wright, who had to take off Saturday morning before the parade. Plenty of time was spent with Robert Saunders and his wife, Kala, bela b. grimm, Warren Fry, and Tomislav Butkovic and we twice visited Jim and Sue Leftwich’s home: Once to spray paint (using letter stencils & paint from Jim’s vispo creation tool chest) my cheap jumpsuit that I’d wear Saturday morning in the MAF parade with my junk assemblage bonnet and decorated red apron from Gautemala; and once again on our final evening in Roanoke when we gathered with these friends to improvise sounds to go with John’s (JMB) poetry. Billy Bob Beamer improvised beautifully on his saxophone and Tomislav Butkovic had a colorful home-made percussive-synthesizer hooked up to Billy Bob’s little amp; Most of us enjoyed taking turns making noise on it. Afterwards we made a posthumous tribute to The Blaster/Al Ackerman by reading a few of his stories from OMNIBUS and MISTO PEAS, and I summarized a tribute to Al I’d found from E.J Barnes on her blog (Posted March 26 – click HERE to read).

Now I need to return to my task of scanning art, poetry, stories, and hacks by Ackerman that appeared in Lost & Found Times during it’s 30 year run in preparation for an anthology. Luna Bisonte Prods hopes to have it ready for June’s congregation in Baltimore of The Blaster’s friends, colleagues, and followers. Stay tuned . . .

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THANKS to Darlene Altshul for printing and perforating this limited edition of four stampsheets – 25 of each design – which developed from our recent bookwork:

THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS), published by Luna Bisonte Prods. CLICK HERE FOR PREVIEW .. See my previous entry on this blog for Sheila E. Murphy’s kind review.  Both Marilyn R Rosenberg and I have added our Jane Hancock to the numbered stampsheets, and I’ve posted the stampsheet sets (4 designs) for sale along with a signed copy of our book at  Just click on the “NEW LUNA BISONTE PRODS” link & page back a few pages. The first five sets [4 stampsheet designs,signed and numbered limited edition AND the signed BOOK OF SOLES (Souls)] are offered at only $24, then the price will increase due to limited availability. We’ve kept back a couple sets to include in our shoebox book project, which is still ongoing.

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We participated (via short performances) in four of the scheduled days of NYC Fluxfest, 5 DAYS OF MOVEABLE FUN EVENTS! THANKS to Keith Buchholz of St.Louis, MO, for organizing people (herding cats) and setting up all the venues!  (We missed Tuesday events at Tribes Gallery.) On Wednesday, events happened at PRINTED MATTER, followed by a correspondence artists’ gathering at Katz’s Deli. On Thursday, events happened at ABC NO RIO in the evening. On Friday, we gathered in Central Park near IMAGINE MOSAIC to hold our events guerilla style, complete with others who were not able to attend but that were by phone in proceedings for official inductions into FLUXUS WEST– as directed by Don Boyd via phone call to Mt.Vernon, OH. On Saturday, we gathered at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal to travel to Staten Island where Mary Campbell and Viv Dey Dada had arranged for four locations to host our events. I include here a photo from Friday of myself sitting down with Marilyn R. Rosenberg in her NYC studio to sign 30 copies of our collaborative book, THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS). (Read more about Marilyn and about our collaborative project in a few of the previous blogs.)

The Book of Soles (Souls)

Here’s a great review by Sheila E. Murphy, famous poet laureate from Phoenix, AZ, about the full color collaborative book: THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS) by C. Mehrl Bennett  (Columbus Ohio) and Marilyn R. Rosenberg (New York City):

Philosophy can be so photogenic when multiplied by two. The Book of Soles begins with the points at which each of us meets earth unthinkingly, via matching soles. At once receiving and leaving impressions, indelible or ephemeral, CM Bennett and MR Rosenberg pair their brilliant visual and textual artistry to delivery a highly appealing, playfully intellectual testament to the power and poise of visual poetry. Having long admired both of these artists in her own right, I am delighted by this excursive, poetically engaging dazzle of twinned antennae venturing through foregrounds and backgrounds, simultaneously discovering the land and its companion sky. –  Sheila E. Murphy   March 31, 2011

The book is available via print on demand by clicking the title above, OR as a signed edition, accompanied by a variety of four perforated, signed and numbered, limited edition artists stamp sheets. Check out the NEW LUNA BISONTE PRODS link at … go through a couple pages to find it listed with a Paypal link for the “signed” stampsheets/book set.

Foot for Words

Posted: March 16, 2011 in poetry, shoes


Foot for Word

Holes in my soles

Toes find ground

Digging into burrows


Foot for Word

Electrical feet

In my bathtub

I cross my toes


Foot for Word

Diabetic numbing

Weight pounding

Mom muddles through


Foot for Word

Line up at starting gate

Instigating politics

Left right left


Foot for Word

Bound women’s feet

For beauty they’re

Left crippled, sitting


Foot for Word

For mice and owls

One drifts over trees

One tip toes in leaves


Foot for Word

Step forward, march

Half step, whole step

Stand on Dada’s feet


Foot for Word

Dancing ants reading

Each note tapped out

B-flat foot swinging


Foot for Word

Stamp your feet

Cry out for soul food

Heal our foot soldiers


Foot for Word

The soul fish café

Serves sole soup

That’s S-O-L-E fish soup


Foot for Word

The sole of a snail is

A single slimy bottom

A line is drawn after


Foot for Word

Two eyes ears hands legs

We walk towards foot lights

Bow down to feet


Foot for Word

Words grow on tea leaves

Shoes grow from branches

Birds nest in shoes


Foot for Word

Used for travel to

And fro to many places

Where to take a stand?


Foot for Word

Baring my sole

I leave my foot prints

Underwater in the sand