American artist Bill Coloy (1898-1973) creates
a social critique comparing modern media propaganda
to the brute torture methods of Medieval Europe.
I walked into that quasi-cubist line drawing
last week and couldn’t get out? Jonya Redwine,
Shawn Smith and Manley Miller sent emails
to Kristin so that she could alert the wizard
to my predicament.
Gosh, I thought I had more friends than that.
I asked the wizard to send
something special to Jonya, Shawn and Manley.
He said that instead of mailing a gift,
he would invite them to be the
guests of honor at my
Beagle’s Rescue Party.
Details next week.
Oscar Wilde went to prison in Britain for indecency;
two years, hard time. His health was broken beyond repair.
Upon his release, Oscar left for France, never to return.
He died in Paris at the age of 46.
According to legend,
Oscar looked up from his bed and said,
“Either that wallpaper goes, or I do.”
and then he breathed his last.
I think I know what Oscar was feeling
when he wrote these lines
about a man who was hanged in:
The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Jail)
Beneath the leaden sky…
A year whose days are long.