god gets nervous when we get too close to him
— rene leclerc. god and his ways
attention flutters, takes a walk. the narrative grinds on
boards so marched over aging thespians throw lines away.
cell phones buzz. messages zing round our heads.
red onions eavesdrop and gossip underground.
all’s so bland road-kill is news as a worm is cut in half by the gardener’s shovel
but still they repeat beautiful the dew, lovely the garden.
there’s blood in my ear now and i’m happy to spin a song of small sins,
of the deceit of love’s sticky ropes
from which sad young wannbe icarus tried to escape,
mounting the diving board over the empty swimming pool.
we’ve seen it a thousand times
and the motel isn’t responsible for unattended kids.
the other side’s worse chaos
where god’s a quarterback without a playbook.
a nihilist, solipsist, ironist,
aslant his tongue overflowing with love
for the eighth false prophetess of extended sunrises.
too much of a bodice-ripper this life on the lamb.
perhaps ‘tis better to just accept the good with the bad
and let the dust settle where it may.
— George Spencer
Copyright © by George Spencer. 2016. All Rights Reserved.
George Spencer interviews poets and writers for the Poetry Thin Air cable show and produces a cable series about multimedia artists, Arts(Performing)@Tribes. These interviews and documentaries are in the collections of The New York Public Library, the Fales Collection at NYU and many others.
His visual art is about power and who has it. This can be seen in his feature length film Tom, Sally and the Marquis that asks who, de Sade or Thomas Jefferson, is the sadist and who is the hypocrite. A recent documentary explores the cinematic work, paintings, sculpture and writing of Nick Zedd, originator of the Cinema of Transgression, that is dedicated to the concept that power corrupts, that we live in a controlled environment and that opposition is the only way to arrive at self-realization.
His sculpture is made from found objects and is preserved as photographs. The sculpture is disassembled and the components go back into an inventory of objects to be reused in new sculpture.
His preference is for the camera embedded in the iPhone.
He is working on a fictional biography and continues to write poetry.