Quick sketches at Hauser & Wirth press preview, 13 Nov 2018, by William Eaton (quote from Phyllida Barlow)

Soho Selfie

Memory-filled story poem by an aging man who carries a large board from Metropolitan Lumber in Soho through once vibrant New York neighborhoods to Stuyvesant Town. Illustration consists of quick sketches done by William Eaton at a Hauser & Wirth press preview, with a quotation from the British artist Phyllida Barlow. Also recalled: Jill Clayburgh in “An Unmarried Woman.”

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  • All you need to know about New York City in 2019

    Woodstock Drumming Circle, 2019, non-figurative drawing by William Eaton

    Short poem about wastebaskets, mailboxes, fear of bombs, more waste, and those few people – is this what they call us? – who have yet to make it possible for phone, Internet, entertainment and credit-card companies to take money directly from our bank accounts whenever they wish. Artwork is a non-figurative drawing made during a recent session of the Woodstock Drumming Circle.

  • Poetry is nudes that stay nude

    Nude swimmer, legs spread, watercolor by William Eaton

    Nudity may count for less and less. But to appear out of step with our times! (Horreur !) Poema en tres versiones (espagnol, français et l’anglais original). And apologies to Ezra Pound as regards the title! (Artwork is a watercolor of a naked female swimmer, legs spread — plunging too optimistically into the future?) Text now comes complete with an “Addendum concerning John Ruskin’s horror of his wife’s public hair.”

  • My four-star sonnet

    Still life, bottles, watercolor by William Eaton

    In which the poet does his best to cope with having had to drop off a package at an Amazon retail store. Light verse (hooray!), and, as with much light verse (or the best: W.H. Auden, Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker . . . ), includes a kick or two. Artwork is a still life of bottles (and you can’t paint such a watercolor without thinking about Giorgio Morandi!)

  • Coming to Union Square one warm April day

    Nude woman, oil pastel drawing by William Eaton

    Poem about spring (and winter) and war (and peace), inspired by a warm Saturday scene in New York’s Union Square (which was not named in honor of the Northern anti-slavery cause in the Civil War, but did host a huge, pro-Union rally). Artwork is an oil pastel of a female model. Does it speak to our sense of our precariousness?

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    Jesus & Mary snip, from drawing by William Eaton, Après Luca Signorelli, Nursing Madonna

    A poem about a belligerent tourist in Costa Rica, and with a tip of a large cap to Freud’s sage, prescient, sad observation (as translated in Civilization and Its Discontents): “It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the blows. ” The accompanying art is after la Madonna con Bambino of Luca Signorelli, in the collection of la Pinacoteca di Brera, a Milano.