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“I can find my biography in every fable that I read.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fox Bait 1

Aesop’s fabulous grapes, the fox mocks—
Too tart for a smart cur’s decanter!
Moral of such slanderous banter:
By Aesop’s vine is sly eyes outfoxed.

With foxes we must play the fox

—Thomas Fuller

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“If you want to hear the distant voice of the ocean put your ear to the distant lips of a seashell.” —Curtis Tyrone Jones

It's a Beach 1

sand pirates with shovels and pails
excavate tidal pools
capturing waves of wayward whales
soft hermit crabs in shells of snails
urchins on break from schools

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few

—Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” —Tom Robbins

Now It's Play 1

So I ask this geezer, rocking beside me on the porch, “Hey Gramps, how do you want to feel when you grow up?” The geezer laughs so hard he rolls off his rocker.

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm

—Aldous Huxley

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“…I am a big bird winging over high mountains, down into serene valleys. I am ripples of waves on silver seas. I’m a spring leaf trembling in anticipation” —Maya Angelou

Picking Up Birds 1

At the bird house of art;
that is, in other words,
the Met, in Central Park;
it’s cool to pick up birds.

When I became director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it was stodgy, gray, run by elitists. I said, ‘Hey, let’s kick the thing around.’ I wanted to attract young people to the museum. I said, ‘Make it hospitable. I want them to come. I want them to make dates, pick up girls, pick up boys – either way; I don’t care’

—Thomas Hoving

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““The people who live in a golden age usually go around complaining how yellow everything looks.” —Randall Jarrell

Cutting thro’ the rye,
like a whirling samurai,
never say goodbye!

You just never know when you’re living in a golden age

—Alexander Payne

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“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” —George Orwell

Yes, wee people,
the Elf Sat is cool,
unlike that beater
of Big Brother’s.
Brainchild of three
Twee elves from Thule,
unobserved by Cruel
Stepmother.

Not to expose your true feelings to an adult seems to be instinctive from the age of seven or eight onwards

—George Orwell

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“Man can never expect to start from scratch; he must start from ready-made things, like even his own mother and father.” —Marcel Duchamp

Audition Demo 1

READER: “Mack was hauling an oversize load, bumping over a hump in the road, when he saw, on an old commode, a word scrawled in paint, bold, not faint: ‘Dump’

DIRECTOR: Superbe! j’adore! continue…

In French, there is an old expression, la patte, meaning the artist’s touch, his personal style, his ‘paw’. I wanted to get away from la patte and from all that retinal painting

—Marcel Duchamp

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“If you are writing about baloney, don’t try and make it Cornish hen, because that’s the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darn good baloney.” —Leo Burnett

Cut the Baloney 1

Grill ice-cold cuts on low heat:
subdue spitting blistering fat,
like stinging zingers in a spat.
Thaw if frozen. Warm for treats.

No matter how you slice it, it’s still baloney.

—Rube Goldberg

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“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” —Amit Ray

Chants of a Lifetime 1

Om a vocal tone poem
Rhyming Babel’s scattered echoes
Shattering a stained-glass halo
Sonic boom of howling calm

And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.

—Black Elk

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“Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Causes & Effects 1

Had the dons been awake,
the cause of the effect would
have retired the Science don
to New Jersey.

Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect.

—Albert Einstein

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