Thursday, December 31, 2009

Postcard 69: Postmarked Dec. 31st, 1908, Chicago, Illinois

A Happy New Year
From Papa to Eldon
Red Cloud is so
fat he can't move
You will half to
ride him lots when
you come home

Monday, December 28, 2009

Postcard 68: Postmarked Nov. 13th, 1951, Lebanon, MO

Highway 66, between Wayneville and Rolla, Missouri in the beautiful Ozarks
Dear Roy,
Is the valley alive
yet? We rode over
this place in the pic-
ture today, a fine
road but very windy.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Postcard 67: Postmarked Dec 21st, Early in the 20th Century, Somewhere in Iowa

Merry Christmas
I'm just a Christmas post-card
But I bring a greeting true
From a friend who wants this Christmas
To mean Everything to You.
Merry Christmas
to you all
Joe, Mary & Alice

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Postcard 66: Embroidered Christmas Card, Dated 12/19/65

The Last Supper
Dear Friend,
Wishing you a very
Merry Christmas and a blessed
New Year with good Health.
The Schott's

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Postcard 65: Postmarked Dec. 17th, 1925, Dayton, Ohio

Dayton .O. 12/16/25
Three words only but they sell
My Christmas message very well:
A Merry Christmas
Dear Classmate;
This is to
remind you that
olden times are not forgotten.
Best wishes to you & yours

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Postcard 64: Postmarked April 21st, 1952 Chicago, Il.

Super Circus
Thought we might be in
Iowa last summer but
did not make it. Our
act Valentine's Pet
Parade is on Super
Circus Sunday May 4
Helen & Nevin

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Postcard 63: Unposted, 1909 Poem by Arthur Capper of Topeka, Kansas

Sweetheart Series
The Silver stars of a summer night
Grow pale 'neath your eyes' soft gleam--
And the lightest summer winds, sweetheart,
Oh, harsh by your voice they seem!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Postcard 62: Postmarked June 2nd, 1952, El Paso, TX

Giant Dome Carlsbad Cavern New Mexico
Dear Patsy, Well, I
passed the test on
100 & here I am in
El Paso. We're going
to Old Mexico tomorrow.
We went through the
cavern today & it's
just wonderful.
We've been traveling
quite a bit & I like
it lots. Well, I'll
write when I get home.
Love, Bettie

Monday, December 14, 2009

Postcard 61: Postmarked March 21st, 1912, Alden, Iowa

Best Wishes
Dear Aunt,
I received your letter
and was sorry to here of
your being sick. They are going
to have a post card shower on
Pa his birthday the 31 of March.
You might tell the Irvin girls
and anyone you thought would
like to send a card. I hope you
are better now. With Love
Write soon Maggie Bisbee

Postcard 60: Postmark August 29th, 1912, Hancock, Minn.

Best Wishes From
Good luck and joy attend thee
On this thy natal day
All blessings to befriend thee
Dear bro sis & Gerald
we are all well George
is plowing
Pa's folks are going
to stack millet Chas
Grace and Children
will be up we have
been awful busy
I have been plowing
some we got a lot
to do this fall Ma
and I have been
putting up some
.....fruit Alice

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Photo: Damaged Victorian Portrait

Spink & Horton's
Uptown Gallery
Oshkosh, Wis.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Me, Reading Poems on the Radio

Below is a link to a radio program featuring a reading of poems (by me) about Frankenstein's monster, axe murderers, ghosts, post-apocalyptic space travel and so forth. I start reading about 45 minutes into the show. Listen and enjoy!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Postcard 59: Postmarked July 31st, 1905, Lubec, ME

"Comin' Thro' The Rye"
Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye
Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye Rye

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Postcard 58: Postmarked August 16th, 1907, Addison, ME

State House. Boston, Mass.
I am still alive
and kicking
hope you
the same
are you going
back this fall.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Postcard 57: Postmarked Oct. 3rd, 1906 (6:30 AM) Orono ME & Oct 3rd, 1906 (7:00 PM) East Machias, ME

Alumni Hall, University of Maine
Will write
soon or sooner
Here is where
we play basketball
largest gymnasium

Monday, September 14, 2009

Postcard 56: Postmarked Oct 6th, 1906 Dennysville ME (6:00 PM) & Oct 6th, 1906, East Machias ME (8:00 PM)

Portland, ME. Rustic Bridge, Riverton Park.
We are all well.
Probably someone will meet you
....................tomorrow night. Mother
Told you I should not
write if you were coming
home. Letter received today.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Postcard 55: Postmarked June 16th, 1906, Andover, MA

B & M Railway Station, Andover Mass
Dear Max, I have been wanting to write you for a long
time. That letter you wrote me was just fine. Just think I will
be home next Wed. Give my love to all you family and
I hope you will excuse me for not writing. With love
.................................................................your cousin Edith

Friday, May 29, 2009



Sunday, April 19, 2009

Postcard 54: Postmarked April 20th, 1906, Boston Mass

Does this
Look natural? Or don't you remember ? Mabel

Monday, April 6, 2009

Fortune Cookie: Nap Time

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Overheard at the University of New Orleans

"You hated that book? Well I hate you."

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Postcard 53: Unposted, Mid-20th Century Linen Souvenir Card

The National Gallery of Art
We wasn't
in here but
we went and
looked it over
We also had a
room up just
a ways We were
on 9th St.

Postcard 52: Postmarked Oct 13 1910, Mercer, PA

A Happy Birthday
Dear Brother Oct. 12, 1910
We are all well as usual
Mother is quite weak and is
failing so fast of late. We want
to go to GC Saturday to Aunt's
anniversary if it is a nice day.
She has been going all she is able
and still wants to go just like
a child. I am not feeling so well
as I have over worked in canning
season. We have frost every
night now but no freezing yet.
John had another boil on his eye
brow was off a few days. Eleanor

Monday, March 9, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March Forth!

Today is a command.


To set up shop in the tree as if such things were natural.


Elephants are wearing something I'm not.


Wood is where we left it.


Paper is what we fold.


Water is made of more water.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Postcard 51: Postmarked July 3rd, 1910, Conneaut, Ohio

Public Library, Conneaut, Ohio
Hello.. We are going to
spend tomorrow in
a park along Lake
Erie. Will go to Edna's
Thurs. Am going to
see every-thing while
here. Want to go to the
Harbor to see them
unload ore from
the boats.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Super Person POW My Hero

click image to enlarge it

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Darwin's Birthday

A few lines from "Variations of the Habits of Wading Birds" in honor of Darwin's 200th birthday:

So often

the dynamic


of one population from another


only the confusion

of an imagined past.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Under water. Underwater.


Fold the same sheet of paper several times.


Arms are awake. Limbs of trees are awake. Lie down in them.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Shaking hands, then walking away.
Having a beard, then not having a beard.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Monday, February 2, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bad Poetry (Stolen from the Found Magazine Website)

I never realized how bad
your poetry was.

Friday, January 23, 2009

From a television commercial for frozen lasagna

"Made from real ingredients"

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Because when something bad happens, he won't spend two days playing air guitar. The photo below was taken on August 30th, 2005, the day after Katrina hit and the levees in New Orleans broke.