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face, freely fragmented

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

more freely fractured Smith face
1st 2 Lady:
foxy Lady above
Warhol Lady below


old Provost, new Smith

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Took this foto of a chair not there because Jim Lang frequently quoted “A day without Wittgenstein is a day without a chair” going back maybe 25 years. I never knew he was quoting a Terry Provost poem.

Interestingly, I shot this outside the Negative Space gallery at our monthly reading while Terry was still there – so I took this foto because of him while he was there and me not knowing it was because of him.


— Terry Provost

A day without Wittgenstein is like a day without
disappearing chairs, without
weaving cloth at an empty loom. Where
the dog fails to talk
to himself.
A day where it neither rains –
nor does-not.

How hot the taxing pursuit
of exactitude. A few millions upon billions of
electron volts exuding the threat
of electrocution, the guillotine-sweat of essence
from some Manhattan Project nuclear pile gone critical
beneath Chicago.

One day a new order of insects shows up
on the front page, as yet
un-named, as yet
un-begging the un-question of its un-filed
and phylum. As yet both a coelacanth
and not.

Before there were alphabets there were no
spelling errors. Sure,
your pictograph of a wooly mammoth might
have resembled an Erymanthian boar, but the
terrifying, gory, Byzantine abomination of
orthography was as yet a buchstab
in some Phoenician-father’s eye.

Phonetic-Phoenicians everywhere,
and ere the iridescent wing,
a golf course gone to green in Phoenix
has made the snowbird sing.
When plumbing the unknown, the lyric’s a poetic
analgesic for bumps on your noggin.
Contusions acquired where confusing desires ride toboggans
near cobbled-walls where language

On a day without Wittgenstein
a dangerous virus,
not quite living, seeks
life’s essence,
and not quite understanding, speaks
what it does not quite
know. A petroglyph
a stone’s-throw away from
a glass-shattered house,
putting the sigh in
science, as you cast
bricks from the roof
of your mouth.


fluid face fractured fine

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Discovered the LIQUIFY option in the FotoShop filter box. Results remind me of the old 1980’s days of manipulating Polaroids as they developed… you could move elements around with your fingers, draw on them, wrinkle them to produce spider webs, toast freeze or microwave them as they developed, though you had to be quick and careful with the microwave because metal element in the foto would start sparking.

Here are my 1st 9 tries.

Fun fun fun until Daddy takes my keyboard away.


last week’s ego

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

last week’s ego

“It’s time for Smith again (Steven B. Smith), hot on the airwaves (heatwaves!) from Cleveland! And a big thank-you to him for, as usual, waking us up on a Friday with his sharp-edged poems and visuals.” – sez Medusa’s Kitchen editor/publisher Kathy Kieth.

10 fotos 9 poems at Medusa’s Kitchen –


last month’s ego

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

I haven’t blogged my last 2 monthly features on Medusa’s Kitchen. Gonna have to give my ego a shake.

Here’s last month’s, which I particularly enjoyed – 10 fotos, 9 poems (3 of which have audio links).

Per editor/publisher Kathy Kieth – “Thank you, Smith (Steven B. Smith), for your rattlin’ rhythms on this hot Friday in July, rapping to us all the way from Cleveland! Smith’s visuals are always music of their own, too, morphing colors and forms as they lovely-ly do.”


Smith, old fractal face

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019


my 1st A.I. playlist to shuffle – 69 tunes

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Made my 1st Echo/Alexa music play list… now when I do the dishes, I set this to shuffle and have a delightful time.

Had to delete these 9 songs because they didn’t flow well, or were too intense, too long, too down.

Fire – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Piss Factory – Patti Smith
Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
Blue Train – John Coltrane
Out Come the Freaks – Was (Not Was)
Call Me The Breeze – J.J. Cale
Life Is A Carnival – The Band
Richland Woman Blues – Bonnie Raitt
Suger Magnolia – Grateful Dead

Smith playlist on Alexa
01 – Dem Dry Bones – Delta Rhythm Boys
02 – Everybody Knows – Leonard Cohen
03 – Asha – Bill Laswell
04 – Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash
05 – Caravan – Duke Ellington
06 – Illegal Smile – John Prine
07 – Wide Wide River aka River of Shit – The Fugs
08 – Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
09 – Blue Monk – Thelonious Monk w/ John Coltrane
10 – I Feel So Bad – Elvis Presley
11 – Tomorrow Never Knows – Beatles
12 – Everything Is Broken – Bob Dylan
13 – No Expectations – Rolling Stones
14 – Evil Gal Blues – Dinah Washington
15 – Love In Vain – Rolling Stones
16 – April In Paris – Thelonious Monk
17 – Salty Papa Blues – Dinah Washington
18 – Kiss Kiss Kiss – Yoko Ono
19 – St Louis Blues – Django Reinhart
20 – St James Infirmary – Louis Armstrong
21 – Harlem Nocturne – Lounge Lizards
22 – Waterboy – Rhiannon Giddens
23 – Love Me Like A Man – Bonnie Raitt
24 – Little Margaret – Rhiannon Giddens
25 – The Future – Leonard Cohen
26 – Just To Satisfy You – Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
27 – Mind Your Own Business – Hank Williams
28 – Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do – Billie Holiday
29 – One More Cup Of Coffee – Bob Dylan
30 – (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle – Hank Williams
31 – Gotta Serve Somebody – Bob Dylan
32 – Black Magic Woman – Fleetwood Mac
33 – Ramblin’ Man – Hank Williams
34 – Long Gone Lonesome Blues – Hank Williams
35 – Swamp – Talking Heads
36 – Two More Bottles of Wine – Emmy Lou Harris
37 – Georgia Grind – Maria Muldaur
38 – (You Need Meat) Don’t Go No Further – The Doors
39 – Evil Ways – Santana
40 – Jockey Full of Bourbon – Tom Waits
41 – Everybody Ought to Treat a Stranger Right – Ry Cooder
42 – Doors of Heaven – Lucinda Williams
43 – Bitter Memory – Lucinda Williams
44 – Hit The Road, Jack – Ray Charles
45 – Stay – Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
46 – The Dead Don’t Die – Sturgil Simpson
47 – Mighty Tight Woman – Bonnie Raitt
48 – Cream – Prince
49 – The Prodigal Son – Ry Cooder
50 – Keep on the Sunny Side – The Carter Family
51 – God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday
52 – Behave Yourself – Booker T & the MGs
53 – Green Onions – Booker T & the MGs
54 – I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
55 – Sun Arise – Rolf Harris
56 – Island in the Sun – Sun Ra
57 – Bird’s Lament – Moondog
58 – You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
59 – Clap Hands – Tom Waits
60 – I’m Moving On – Hank Snow
61 – Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
62 – The Wall Street Part of Town – Ry Cooder
63 – Protection – Lucinda Williams
64 – Walking The Floor Over You – Ernest Tubb
65 – In The Jailhouse Now – Jimmie Rodgers
66 – Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams
67 – I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom – Robert Johnson
68 – Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
69 – It’s My Way – Buffy Sainte-Marie


where ole ego go ? ? ?

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Donno where ego goed… haven’t blogged May or June’s feature on Medusa’s Kitchen, nor the video of my February reading.

Here’s Medusa.


monthly feature #41, April 2019 – 10 fotos 9 poems

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

My monthly feature #41 on Medusa’s Kitchen – 1st was December 2015 thanks to poet D.R. Wagner recommending me (he of the late 60’s d.a. levy coterie)

Thanks to editor/publisher Kathy Kieth for her generosity – 9 poems, 10 fotos:


9 poems 10 fotos March 2019 Medusa’s Kitchen

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

I’m 2 monthly features and a filmed reading behind blog-wise these past 3 months. My raging ego seems to have gone iffy.

Doesn’t make much difference anyway  since fame abhors my vacuum and the world’s slowly boiling itself in frog soup.

Here is my 40th monthly feature on Medusz’s Kitchen, thanks to editor/publisher Kathy Kieth…9 poems, 10 fotos —


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