Terrestrial Illumination, Part II, No. 76


I have directed
With a type of nondirection, my quasi-direction, a mode
Not yet classified and distorted in popular parlance,
Not mentioned
Among slave mentalities spilling from shaky hands
Light beer on puffy white thick threaded rugs.

I have guided my exile toward turquoise.

I started by subtracting from my corporeality all the writing
I have seen on school blackboards.

When I started this exorcism of learning so my excursion
Into turquoise would not burdened with lies,

The first thing that came on the screen of my mind
Was the face of a donkey, multivalued and beautiful,
A donkey by dissidence in Italy. The donkey stood
In a ditch at the base of a cliff– nibbling. Nearby,
A farmer wearing a ragged-edged straw hat, and singing
An old American song, lyrics set to Clyde McCoy’s “Sugar Blues.”

This vision has a logic that logic or Pascal could not understand.

I just left the Nativity fronted by burnt candles in a hill town.

I keep in my memory the orange-headed bluish bird
That stood in front of a raw-wood benched church’s leather door.
Also, I kept the shine from mica on the cracked asphalt road,
And the red comb of a rooster pecking on lichen that turned
Gold on a stone graveyard angel.

So, Linda, I immobile am mobile toward turquoise.


"Filigree Shoreline" © Dr. Regina Valluzzi

“Filigree Shoreline” © Dr. Regina Valluzzi


Duane Locke, PH. D, lives hermetically in Tampa, Florida near anhinga, gallinules, raccoons, and alligators. Has had published 6,857 different poems, none self-published or paid to be published. This includes 32 books of poems. He is a photographer of Surphotos and Nature. Has had 417 photos published, Some as book covers. A book of 40 of his surphotos has been published by Blaze Vox, Poetic Imprints, Responses to The Art of Duane Locke, by Connie Stadler and Felino Soraino. His paintings have been described in Gary Monroe’s Extraordinary Interpretations, Published by University of Florida Press, and are in many private collections and museums.

Dr. Regina Valluzzi explores abstract scientific concepts through complex geometric paintings. Many of the subjects of her abstract drawings and paintings are taken from topics in Physics research. Soft Matter Physics and Biological Physics ideas are often seen, arising from her main area of research for many years.