Category Archives: Cleveland

Once a Hawk

This past weekend I went to my forty-fifth high school reunion, for the Class of ’72. I have been to every single five year Class of ’72 Hawken School (Gates Mills, Ohio,) reunion. The first one was in 1977. I … Continue reading

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Straight ‘Poiethics’ But With a Beat

NOWHERE TO RUN There’s nowhere to run in marriage Working and paying everyday for wanting her, But if you’d leap, like Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Past the shadow curved around her, into whatever’s left in your coffin, You could rip free … Continue reading

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Fronting Front

Rock stars seems to be an odd metaphor for art, given the state of the world of rock music, and, even more so, given the difference between the scarcity model of high art that underlines art world status, and, the … Continue reading

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peak: FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art

In 2018 Cleveland will be the site of its first art triennial, FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. This video captures the initial public meeting at Transformer Station. Fred Bidwell is the executive director. He has put together a stellar team. This … Continue reading

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Thunderdogs in Believeland

I raised a beer mug to toast to Cleveland “being this unusual town where music and sports are held in the highest regard.” I was a guest of Warren’s at a dinner populated with members of the Long Live Rock … Continue reading

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The Biggest Goal Is to Be Yourself

It would be somewhat illogical to make the Tribe the underdogs, but if it must be so! After years of pain, Cleveland is four wins from being America’s sports town We’ve seen teams go from worst-to-first in a single year … Continue reading

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Observers

All of us are watchers–of television, of time clocks, of traffic on the freeway–but few are observers. Everybody is looking, not many are seeing. P.M. Leschak) The Gallery At Gray’s is located on the west side about 30 minutes from … Continue reading

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This Too Will Not Pass Soon

In December 1964, I was ten years old. We lived at 2705 East Overlook Road in Cleveland Heights. It was a big Georgian house with a library room with built-in oak shelves. In the corner sat our big black and … Continue reading

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How This Artist Thinks II.

Congratulations, You’re the New Head of Customer Service (2015, Stephen Calhoun) Dream, actually a solid anima dream, from January 2014: People are walking through a gallery of art. I’m off to the side watching the people stop and look at … Continue reading

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How This Artist Thinks I.

(The above picture is my own assembly; and it is not a picture of an actual installation. It aims to show the scale of the two pieces.) Two of my procedural pieces were invited to, and now are placed, in … Continue reading

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Each Arrives With A Gift (World Poetry Day 2015)

World Poetry Day 2015

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Sixty

Timothy Carl Calhoun – Cleveland Poet, philosopher, father – September 2, 1954 – February 24, 1993 Stephen Crespi Calhoun – still unpeeling the layers As I sd to my friend, because I am always talking,–John, I sd, which was not … Continue reading

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Rites of Spring

Last spring, our first in our new house–built in 1915–provided a parade of flowers in our small and narrow back yard. I didn’t do anything but observe the upwelling pulchritude inherited from the previous owner. Yes, I knew we might … Continue reading

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Each a Posit, Each a Tale Unto Itself

Each posit being a plant. Tending my very own garden for the very first time was a learning experience. My prior learning and experience helped, but next year will demonstrate a great deal of learning from mistakes. There were three … Continue reading

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Conference of Neighborhoods (III.)

III. The Future of Heights; Conference of Neighborhoods (part three of three parts) The Lakewood Observer model has been going strong in Lakewood for almost a decade and has proliferated to encompass numerous Observer projects. The Cleveland Heights iteration is seemingly … Continue reading

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Leave-taking is as necessary as the homecoming (I.)

I. Home Coming (part one of three parts) I dig Cleveland Heights; I’m from Cleveland Heights. My wife digs Cleveland Heights too, and we count ourselves blessed that after the challenging circumstances of my mother’s illness and passing, we moved … Continue reading

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Coming From Cleveland and Nobler Endeavors

Dreams With Sharp Teeth – documentary on Harlan Ellison Harlan Ellison

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New Red States

…following from Whatever Happened to Winter.

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What Happened to Winter?

…the question many north coasters are asking. (Photo taken December 27, 2011.)

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On the Borders

I always marveled at the bricks and mortar book business, and could do so from inside a great American independent book store, The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury, Vermont, (at which I steered its music department for almost ten years, … Continue reading

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