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Late May/early June 1970. My first visit to the US. David Ball and I were wandering about the Lower East Side when on the corner of E 6th and 2nd Ave we spotted this. My book Lion Lion was fresh out from Trigram in London. We saw it as an omen.
Later David went back and took this photograph. His father Harry had the film developed and sent me a print. 43 years on it’s a mere couple of clicks for me to see the changes.



More Past Dust

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two acrylic collages, one mixed-media, one exhibition flyer: all from 1992



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(You Were) Always On My Mind Barbara Jones Trojan Records Presents Reggae Love Songs 2
Sinsimba Super Rail Band Orchestre du Buffet Hôtel de la Gare de Bamako
This Magic Moment Lou Reed Till The Night Is Gone: A Tribute To Doc Pomus
Blues Walter Smith III (Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Parks, Robert Glasper, Lionel Louke, Lage Lund, Vicent Archer, Reuben Rogers, Kendrick Scott, Eric Harland, Matt Kilmer & Gretchen Parlato) Casually Introducing (2006)
The Auld Triangle Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake & Gabe Witcher Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack Recording
A Side Order Of Hijiki Kenny Garrett Pushing The World Away
You Were Always on My Mind Faron Young single
Direct download: bastart.mp3



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Brief London Visit

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73 bus and Test Centre reading


Good Deal

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A chance to subscribe to, and support, the publication of the second volume of Bill Griffith’s poems by Reality Street: Collected Poems & Sequences (1981-91)


Christmas Greetings from 1991

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A letter and enclosure from my friend Barry Hall, then living in the Masai Mara in Kenya. For those who can no longer read handwriting, I transcribe:

23 Nov 91

Dear Tom and Val,

Fucking Christmas again init! How are things? The enclosed picture is a cibachrome print from an Xray – Local Massai(sic) went on a cattle raid to Tanzania was shot in the head, walked over 300ks back in to Kenya to hospital to have the arrow removed. The opperation(sic) was a success he went home a week later – was a bit put out – terrified in fact; by the picture of his head.

Thought you would like a print.

Life’s much the same – few commercials – Fishing lots and painting I’m happy to say – Family’s fine –

Love to you and Val.

Barry + Beth


Mi Moiré

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Hommage aux Martyrs du 16 Janvier 1977 I T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo BORG 007
Always on my Mind Brenda Lee Single
from I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue BBC
O Nosso Paula Morelenbaum Berimbaum
Jole Blon Waylon Jennings(Buddy Holly, guitar) Waylon Jennings: The Country Biography
No Mas Amor (With Alison Krauss) Willie Nelson To All The Girls…
You Are Always On My Mind John Wesley Ryles Single
Hommage aux Martyrs du 16 Janvier 1977 II T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo BORG 007

Direct download: mimoire.mp3


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… this missing item from the infolio archives:

Reading: New & Old

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Amiri Baraka & Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters. University of New Mexico Press.
Scarlet Shadows, Lucent Shade: Essays by John Temple. Untitled, POBox 1270, Beacon, NY 12508 (ISBN 0-9778618-2-1). No web presence.
A Mammal Of Style, Ted Greenwald & Kit Robinson. Roof Books, NYC
Muhammad and the Islamic Tradition, Emile Dermenghem. Longmans, London. Out of Print.
Scenes of Life at the Capital, Philip Whalen. Grey Wolf Press, Bolinas. Out of Print.

Old Notes

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I found two and a half typewritten pages of traces of a US trip in the Spring of 1982


Book Marks

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Today, going through the boxes, I found my copy of Ed Dorn’s “Slinger” from 1975. Around it was the dust-jacket we made a few of at Zephyrus Image for Dorn’s reading of the work at the San Francisco Museum of Art in November of that year. Holbrook Teter had set the type for the book, Rob Rusk had taken the author’s photograph and Michael Myers had carved an initial “g” for the beginning of Book IIII. We used a drawing Michael had made on a napkin at the corner Pub and I scribbled some quick quotes. In the pages of the book I found a review by Michael McClure, a letter from my son Lloyd, a Biorhythm print-out, and the Guest Pass to the reading. Snippets.








After Another Storm

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Receding storm after early-morning highest tide of the year

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