“Constantly risking absurdity
and death
whenever he performs
above the heads
of his audience
the poet like an acrobat
climbs on rime
to a high wire of his own making
 above a sea of faces
paces his way
to the other side of the day
performing entrachats
and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
and all without mistaking
any thing
for what it may not be
For he’s the super realist
who must perforce perceive
taut truth
before the taking of each stance or step
in his supposed advance toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
with gravity
to start her death-defying leap And he
a little charleychaplin man
who may or may not catch
her fair eternal form
spreadeagled in the empty air
of existence “

Lawrence Ferlinghetti:    Constantly Risking Absurdity


Ahhh…I have loved that poem forever.

 Taken at the shipyard a week ago.  It was a gray and overcast day which threw all exposures off. Thus, once I had corrected the overall exposure and white balance, the entire sky disappeared. This would, of course, be exceedingly cool if the background for this blog theme was black or at least a dark color. As it is, white on white…not so much. I hope that by converting to a near-black and white the boldness of the lines can take the lead.


  1. elmediat says:

    Great post. Effectively combines text with dramatic visuals. 🙂

  2. John says:

    Great photos to go along with the Ferlinghetti poem … I think he’d be pleased. Well, I don’t know that for certain … since I never met him. But, you know what I mean. 🙂 I do love his poetry …

  3. andykidd says:

    well we never had Ferlinghetti more’s the pity. We rote learned crappy poems in early high school that turned us all off poetry for decades if not life. Certainly brings the moment to both forms of poetry.

  4. Karen Taylor says:

    Looks like sketchings. The poem captured what you thought and the pictures what you saw? Guessing obviously.

  5. sedge808 says:

    i’ve missed you.
    stunning shots.

  6. sedge808 says:

    i’m a huge crane fan.

  7. nonzi says:

    Great !!

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