faces in the library



the lady observes a poem

in the faces


those fellow lives

occupying the library –


we all keep

shifting s(h)elves,

our narratives

slipping from fact to fiction,

blending genres

in the phrases

of  our  lives.



This piece arose as a response to  Claudia McGill’s poem & art post, Participants in the Parade Present Themselves. My accompanying images  are from posts on my Dark Pines Photo blog.  Clicking the images will open those posts in new tabs.



Broken Light Flows Out


Broken Light flows out –

Returns to the frame

Self reflection .



Be sure to see sloppybuddhist (Heddy) and her exploration of life and its implied spaces. In particular check post CLXXVII .

Implied Spaces – Media Experiment

I tried  a little mass media-blogging experiment. As a consequence of playing with the blog system here are my present top posts.

The Needle on The Oil

Red Letters: Memories of You

Magazine Cover & Book Spine Poem: Traveling with The Dead

Corner Shot

The Dadaist Detective and the Curious Case of the Asemic Arsonist

Mail From the Borderlands: Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises?

All About Implied Spaces

Book Spine Poetry: Strange Doings

Broken Folklore: Glouyeinshire Tales

River Metamorphosis


Some of these posts go back to 2014 ( I remember when that was once perceived  as considerably far enough in the future to be a setting for a Speculative Fiction narrative), if you missed out on any of these, you may wish to take a look. For those of you who have seen the posts, I include some new compositions based on screen capture of a blog post ( pedalling faster ), scanography, and some digital photos of the family TV screen. 

I also have a couple of questions  about blog layouts and reading habits related to blog posts. I have included to a musical component to the blog to make the whole process of reading the blog more enjoyable.



Blogs include a range of components, depending of the content and intended target audience.  Some of these components reflect the social media aspect of blogging. Besides likes and comments, many bloggers will include My Community, Recent comments, Top Posts & Pages, and Recent Posts Visited & Liked by the blogger. These specific components of a blog’s layout demonstrate the blogger’s activity in producing and interacting with the blogging community. It also provides a structure that invites/encourages others to participate in the shared social experience of blogging.

Further components enable a viewer to explore the blog based on related subjects by using Categories and Tags ( presented as lists/clouds ). The blog can also be explored through searches and an archival search/listing. The viewer can often interact through comments that  go back a number of months or even years.


Pondering all this left me wondering about the effectiveness of these components.  I also began considering how the expansion of digital devices has altered how blog posts are being accessed.  Recently WordPress made changes to the Editor & Reader to accommodate a growing audience that are using digital tablets & phablets , as well as phones and laptops. Many were not happy with these changes, especially those “old school” desktop bloggers who found that the new touch-screen interfaces & layouts were less friendly when trying to use a desktop screen & keyboard.  They also noticed that the Reader’s new layout, designed to be more friendly to a Touch-screen Tablet was more effective at presenting specific type of content –  posts with more than three images and posts with longer pieces of prose text  were presented more clearly.

This is actually an example of mass media  technology subtly shifting into a new medium.   It is subtle because the technological advances do not initially appear to either the creator/producer or the target audience to be a change in media; the changes are seen as enhancements, but still considered the same medium.  Moving from radio to television is an obvious change from one medium to another, as is going from photography to cinematography.   Changing from black and white to colour photography/cinematography/television is a change in media. Moving from a desktop screen to a hand held touch screen is technological enhancement that alters how the viewer interacts with the media content, therefore it is a change in the type of media delivering the content. When you change the medium, you alter the message.


So here are the questions I have been considering – I  am hoping you will provide some feedback.

How many of these components do you include in your blog’s layout ? Why ?

Do you use any of these blog features when visiting other blogs ?  Why ?

How are you accessing blogs such as mine ?

Are differences in digital devices influencing your consumption and production of blog content ? 

Hope you enjoyed  the post and thanks for any input you may provide.

Blog Page Realities




So I happened  to be looking at one/two of my earlier posts, Observed Encounter Between Water &Rock and I took a screen shot. Inspired by Ashley’s post, Abstract Square #1, I started manipulating the textures using a polished stone effect and a detail-stylizer effect.  Ashley uses her camera-phone to take wonderful minimalist & surreal compositions of her surroundings, finding art in the odd corners of her environment.  I looked at the constructed reality of the blog page and reimagined it as a physical surface and then framed these surfaces within the context of old photographic processes – they became digital representations of older  types of photographs, that captured the constructed reality of digital images turning into a physical surface.

My screen-shot included icons from community members. Bloggers included  here are Nia(private blog), Photobooth Journal, Harrienijland, A Nomad in Cyberspace, Slippery Edge ( art magazine), Jennspoint, Ananya Learns to Julley , Herman van Bon Photography , A Certain Line,  – please note that there is one icon unidentified; I am unsure as to what blog is represented .

The whole process demonstrates the Mass Media Principle that I refer to as Necro-Media.  Mass Media consumes itself.  One form of Mass Media turns another into content. It may also attempt to imitate/emulate the codes & conventions of another medium.

Hope you found this experiment in re-combining Mass Media of interest.  Clicking the links will let you access the other blogs in a new browser tab. Clicking the images will let you see them in larger detail.


Found Poetry: Tag Verse


Fall Golden Hour;

Having fun during the Winter, Board Games –

The Advent Candle nearly gone…..





Early Morning,

Marlee on Broadway.


Big Fat SEX

frozen wishes.


Notes: Guess I have another excuse to sit in front of the computer screen – even less reason to leave the house as a warm front turns Boxing Day into a mix of contradictory precipitation, or perhaps a precipitation of contradictions.  Ice pellets, drizzling fog, rain,  freezing something or other, maybe even snow.  So here is the latest exploration of the implied spaces of Mass Media. While looking at the new WordPress Reader  Format, of which many have exclaimed , I noticed that if one looks at the post titles, Found Poetry can be discerned/imposed.

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them as poetry (a literary equivalent of a collage) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem([1]) can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the original. Examples of found poems can be seen in the work of Blaise Cendrars, David Antin, and Charles Reznikoff.

Each line in the above stanzas is a post title found on the Reader using the Photography Tag. The hyperlinked lines will open in a new tab revealing the original post ( make sure to visit all of them). The context and meaning of the stanzas are now inter-connected with the posts and the posts are likewise re-imagined in the poetic context . In some cases, the posts appeared directly after one another in the Reader.  In other cases, some posts were skipped because they lacked titles ( impact of new Reader  Format processing the original post – haven’t figured that one out yet ), others were very commercial or seemed to be multiple posts selling service/product.  As a further challenge, I attempted to create visual compositions that  are inspired by/reflect on the stanzas, thus expanding the visual context of the words and the original posts.  If anyone else has experimented with this type of Found Poetry, Tag verse, I would be very interested in your process and finished product.