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The Widower Considers Candles
The Widower Considers Candles
by Robert Lavett Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enter the Reverend Igneous Rock, February 8, 2015
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The poetry in this book has the effect of providing a sense of both comfort and progress, as one might feel coming out of a long period of mourning, not quite yet done, but getting there. The observations tie up some loose ends of topics touched on in previous books of poems by Mr. Smith. The journey has followed this widower's grief from his wife's death to cremation to entry into the unknown, then has taken on the character of inspiration by a guardian angel or muse or both. By this book, the muse has guided him away from the darkest moments of his pain towards a sense that it is again all right to laugh. Whether the observations are of the daily activities of students and staff in a school, of people in general, or the environment, there remains a bittersweet tone, truly engaged in the truth of the author's surroundings.

And then, in walks the Reverend Igneous Rock. While this section of the book does not depart heavily from what comes before it, it produces many a smile with its warm and humorous depictions of the life of this devoted yet fragile character. It is polemical art at its best, never shy to speak the truth, but humble without being passive-aggressive. It encourages us to see the silliness in ourselves and be comfortable with our limitations while gently admonishing against indifference.

The book wraps up similarly to where it began, with observations made in a variety of settings, mostly in San Francisco. But those final poems reflect a dry humor that has reached a point of being at peace with the daily rumblings of life. Collectively, the poems in this book serve as a wonderful companion to others' healing processes, after tragedy and loss. The visions are not simply reflective of someone who has seen difficult times. They are those of someone who has deeply understood them.


Under Pressure [Deluxe Edition][Explicit]
Under Pressure [Deluxe Edition][Explicit]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Life Stories that Portray the Pulse of Our Times, October 24, 2014
What impresses me most about this CD is how the life story of one young man can come across so eloquently and be so representative of the struggles of so many people in these times. Yet the lyrics and music are too personal to sound like news stories. Many of the characters have a familiar feel in some way, as if these are stories about our friends, neighbors, or ourselves. It's not so much that life isn't easy, but instead nearly impossible! It's not that hard work eventually pays off, but it is instead a fact of life to need to remain almost permanently overworked to get anywhere at all, much less famous and successful. And, even when the fame and success happen, there is still the reality of family life that continues, unencumbered by outside life events. Maintaining a solid sense of self amidst these challenges turns into whimsical musings and poignant insights into life that one would expect from someone in the later years of his life. This isn't simply confession, but astute social commentary that gives us all pause for reflection. The music itself is charming and warm. It has a nice flow that is good background for art making or having fun with friends or simply letting oneself slide into the ideas contained therein to chew on them for awhile. I look forward to hearing more in the future and to seeing where these deep and relevant ideas go!


Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies
by Nell Beram
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Yoko for Young People, September 12, 2014
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I bought this book in the hopes of sharing Yoko with my students. I found the overview of Yoko's life to be very informative and especially enjoyed the emphasis on her years before and after John Lennon, if only because so much of what people understand about her is rooted in her years with John. It serves as a great introduction to Yoko, as I had hoped. Her influence on contemporary art and pop culture is undeniable and the overview of this is written in simple, easy-to-follow text. The images are delicious and offer a comprehensive account of her accomplishments without being heavy-handed.


Convergence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmic Electronic Gospel for Contemporary Space Travel, May 18, 2014
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From the moment Malia lets out her first notes, everything feels special, like one has been connected to a voice from the world of spirits. From Boris Blank's first notes, one knows one is in for a smooth, but wild, cosmic ride. The music hums, weaves, and echoes in and out of Malia's lyrics, which toy playfully with the otherworldly atmosphere of Boris' soundscape. I am struck not only by the feeling of Malia's words, but their content. In her world, there is an acceptance for what one is, with neither flattery nor derision. This is an album that evokes feelings of being understood, accepted, and encouraged to fulfill ones destinies to their highest degrees.

For Yello fans eager to hear Dieter Meier's voice, he has his own solo album out now: Out of Chaos.


Smoke In Cold Weather: A Gathering of Sonnets
Smoke In Cold Weather: A Gathering of Sonnets
by Robert Lavett Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Guardian Angels are Made, February 9, 2014
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What struck me most about this collection of sonnets is how death and its process is so explicitly explained and does not stop at the fateful moment. Instead, we are taken through cremation and beyond. The author takes us on a journey in which his late wife goes from a physical being through a sort of transfiguration to become much more than a muse. Whereas some poets might deal with their regrets of losing someone to only then appreciate them, we are instead treated here to a love story that won't give up. Sometimes, as much appreciation for someone as can be realized takes place in life and after death can reveal itself in the many details of our lives. While much of the events that surround us may seem that much more bleak and silly in the context of true love, we can equally be treated to seeing those special details that give us hope. These sonnets offer all of this plus good insights into parts of San Francisco's culture that often receive less attention than its more obvious symbols, namely the routines of common life as lived by its residents. I would recommend this book to anyone chewing on the tougher issues of what life means as well as persons working though their own grieving.


Everything Moves with a Disfigured Grace
Everything Moves with a Disfigured Grace
by Robert Lavett Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Graceful Laments about the Passage of Time, January 11, 2014
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I say more since this book follows Robert L. Smith's chapbook entitled, Jesus in Bed between Us. In this book, Smith further explores the futility of connection, but is more concerned with disconnections observed in conjunction with his own continuous struggles circumventing this dilemma. In these poems, people pass in and out of life and are lucky to be noticed at all amidst the ubiquitous drudgery of city routines. Sometimes, Smith just happens upon a slice of life that he makes into a poem, perhaps the only witness to the tales too small to be told or heard widely. There is a certain self-consciousness about his role as observer and preserver of histories that, without him, would almost certainly pass by unrecorded. Meanwhile he ponders if his own histories and those he records will in turn be discovered or wither away into the forgotten realm of everything else. Again, San Francisco and sometimes other parts of the Bay Area serve as the beautiful, although impersonal, landscape onto which our author, as well as many he observes, attempt to carve out some evidence of having existed here.


Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life
Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life
by Steven Petrow
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Guide to Navigating LGBT Life in a Straight World, January 5, 2014
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I teach etiquette professionally and rely on a collection of books to covey to my students what the experts say about manners as well as my own life experiences. Whether it is Miss Manners, Emily Post, or others who give a more niche perspective (cowboy etiquette, for instance), I like to keep abreast of a variety of perspectives out there. When I told other LGBTs I was reading this book, a few queried, "What, do we have an etiquette different than everybody else?" Well, yes, in some cases. This book explains how to handle situations unique to LGBTs, like what to call partners when introducing them, how children can refer to each of two same-sex parents, how to handle same-sex marriage ceremonies in an age where they are becoming more commonplace but are still resisted by many, and more.

I must admit that I found the mildly dated parts endearing. The book was published in 2011, but before DADT repeal, before there were more than a handful of states recognizing same-sex marriage, and before DOMA3 was struck down, giving same-sex married couples federal recognition. But those comments hardly detract from the overall usefulness of the book and the issues it covers in those areas (but I bet a future edition will cover marching in uniform protocols for gay pride events).

The book is also useful as a simple guide to life for LGBT families as per the same day-to-day routines one would see covered in more mainstream texts, with an LGBT edge, of course. Besides the manners explanation, the book is also equipped with a helpful glossary and resource guide. This is especially good for knowing the correct respectful terminology for persons in our community. For example, if you don't know the difference between intersex and transgender, the glossary explains each term.

What I especially like about the book is the fact that it acknowledges the reality of our times. We live in a culture of patchwork customs. Some states recognize same-sex marriage, others not. Some religions recognize LGBTs as members of their faiths, others not. The book offers good insight into how to navigate the good and bad times, acceptance and prejudice, birth and death. It does a great job of covering the cycles of LGBT life.

For those persons wishing to have the etiquette of the more intimate and adventurous side of the LGBT community explained, a great companion to this book would be The Bride Wore Black Leather...And He Looked Fabulous!: An Etiquette Guide for the Rest of Us. Combined, these two books offer a comprehensive overview of what one needs to know to be a well-mannered person, LGBT or otherwise.


Jesus in Bed Between Us (Poems by Robert Lavett Smith)
Jesus in Bed Between Us (Poems by Robert Lavett Smith)
by Robert Lavett Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Need for Connection Pondered, January 5, 2014
Sorrowful laments of underachievement contrast with the masterful skill of their depiction. The cityscape of San Francisco serves as a Sisyphean backdrop for a journey of discovery and life reflection. A hunger for affection and meaning drive this soul to constantly realize and re-realize self and loss, other and gain. In spite of the sense of futility, connections are continuously made. It's a great little read of twenty-three short free-verse poems.


Study
Study
by Yuko Otomo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for Painters and Everyone, December 1, 2013
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To call this book of poems just poetry for painters would not do it justice, so I must elaborate on my meaning. In reading the book, the author reflects a comfort with and understanding of painting, both the medium and its practitioners. Many of the pieces are dedicated to a variety of artists, but much as one might expect an emphasis on just words or poetry in the medium of the same, this book, dare I say it, has a painterly feel. Further, it avoids many of the politics of the discussion of art and the artists who produce it. Common binary divisions of the aesthetics of men and women are largely circumvented. The art by men is not relegated to power for men and some form of address of that power by women. It's as if gender struggles had not been so much a part of the author's life that the issues would need to be the major subject of her work. It's like a vibrant discussion about life amongst colleagues who have deep respect for one another. I enjoyed the nudges towards experiencing painting, poetry, all art, by indulging the intentions of its creators, not exclusively its critics.


Feminism-Art-Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000
Feminism-Art-Theory: An Anthology 1968-2000
by Hilary Robinson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honey, Does This Book Make Me Look F*A*T ?, November 10, 2013
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While I found the perspectives a little dated, the most important thing this book did for me was to cover material from the 1980's and 1990's. Where my college studies had left off with biological reductionism, this book has a fair amount of material that covers the less severe perspective of essentialism. Of course, essentialism continues to be contrasted with social constructionism. So, the arguments over the years have not changed all that much.

I was intrigued that a number of essays put women and feminists on the hot seat for supposed failures or mishaps in the development of feminist theory. I think there is a lot to learn for anyone who is in the business of social critique. There are a number of examples of how not all women or feminists see the world the same way or share the same goals. And, when commingling in order to address the issues of all women or women artists and historians, it remains an important truism that all involved must make every effort to listen to the perspectives of the subgroups within that group, like women of color or lesbians.

This book predates intersex studies and only dabbles briefly in proto-queer theory. Some of the articles from the 1970's serve as period pieces at best. Still, the book is an excellent way to review what is, in essence, the beginnings of feminist art theory. I highly recommend it. For a classroom textbook, I would suggest assigning only some of the essays as the whole book can be a convoluted read and it is best to spend some time with the ideas. Students could and should be encouraged to read any unassigned texts on their own time.


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