Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Craggy Molecules design
 "I the broken plastic Snoopy swing sit
  in the garbage, I was once a source 
  of pleasure for about five minutes
  but I didn't last long. I got broken.
  Why? that's why.

  I, the thing that the donuts go on,
  am a yellow cone called I don't know
  I got unscrewed from my base & found I was used
  as a drinking cup by children
  because I was hollow.

  I am loud, I am the radio
  that plays "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head."
  The rain and the rainbow & the one sleeping
  with the frog are on me and the one sleeping with
  the other girls sharing yellow are on me.
  I was stolen from a playgroup in Massachusetts
  and have lasted a long time. I have notes on me."

  excerpt from Toy Epigrams, by Bernadette Mayer

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

At thirty-eight she changed the stones in each piece from black to red.
"Dress rehearsal was a disaster. One of the chorus girls sprained an ankle, a costume in the 'Electricity' number short-circuited, Chiquita (Baker's pet leopard), unnerved by the general tension, chewed a hole in a dancer's trousers and the wind machine broke down."

-Josephine Baker, description of the days leading up to the premiere of Paris qui Remue, which opened at Le Casino de Paris on September 26, 1930.