Václav Levý

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You only rejoice in something
if you crave it on your own.

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František Matouš Klácel

Devils HeadsS

Version | “Devil’s Heads”, rock sculptures by Václav Levý near Želízy: Karel Liebscher

Son of a shoemaker
seeking a carpenter:
more lucrative carver?;
to ground a weird sculpter.
Get thee to an abbey:
cooking on Dresden fire.
Digression failed to drench
the fires flinting within,
ember remembered in
sandstone relief motifs
of fox fable, snake, and
massive mugs of massif.

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Earth Day [23 April 2020]

50 Earth Day

Clamber after Covid cancels concrete event;
the Begley’s host 24 hours of content
on-line: conversation and calls to action backed
by millions; polluters instead of stewards scold
Francis of the holy ground where everyone
prances; the horn of gore fanfares fossil burning
into the atmosewer; Global Halt the heat
in graffiti from moral muralists; atheletes
press switching4good to greenery groceries;
art streams drive environmental activism;
Earle and Nicklen instagram, opine for ocean
biodiversity: a 24-hour
call from youth et al. to action—to save us all.

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Beacons in the Galaxy

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arecibomessage

A cadre of international scientists plans
an updated transmission to extraterrestrials:
binary code beamed by waves of radio
[universal across all intelligence levels];
mathematica simplex: zero/one, black/white, yes/no—
and this is how the message ran:
– Bases, binary and decimal; prime numbers + the largest prime
– Mathematical operations |add, subtract, multiply, divide|
– Most common elements |carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and sulfur|.
– Deoxyribonucleic structures
– Solar system’s position using globular clusters
– Physics of particles
– Algebraic articles
– Earth composition and characteristics
– Different trademarks humanistic
– Position of Earth in solar depiction
– Geographical survey
– Exponential operations
– An invitation to reciprocate

Not the first intentional heavenly missives;
a century of casting out unintentionals—
just reaching the shallows: not even a nibble.

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Hello from the children of Planet Earth.

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Nick Sagan

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Fatou

Lady gorilla of the lowland, Fatou
residing in the Berlin Zoo enjoys fruit-
decorated birthday rice cake, the primate
noted by Guinness as the oldest to date.
Captive old hand from African forest nabbed;
sold by a sailor to cover his beer tab.

Fatou

Cropped version: original photo | Lisi Niesner/Reuters

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Stroud: Africa to America

Wilfred Randall paints a seven-panel mural;
slavery central, Tubman with a rifle.
An American journey rooted Afric,
the eminent celebrated in his graphic.

Wilfred Stroud Painting Mural, From Africa to America [1988, 1996, 2009]

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Michelangelo’s David

The composed pose before battle; sinews set. Poise in contrapposto. A rock, locked in a rock block cast aside in Carrera, before casting a rock: the top uncarved braggadocio, shock of intricate waves cascading away—rock beats sword. Noble nudity: armorless. Gazing toward Rome. Intent: brow furrowed. The sling resting, the rock ready, in a righteous right hand–manu fortis. Left foot flexed: deft. The Giant succumbs to the artist.

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No. 42

Two die or dots to vie—
that is the answer “Why?”:
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the rainbow connection to
wonderland illustration.

Version: 42: John Vernon Lord’s Notebook

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