The December Issues of the Poetic Express

What can one say about 2020?  It was the of the worst years of my life.  I’m sure that I’m not alone in this.  I’m glad that it’s over, but 2021 is off to a cruel start.  Violent people who live in worlds rooted in lies and delusions can cause a lot of trouble.  So much for “Happy New Year.”  January 6, 2021 will go down in history along with days such as September 11, 2001 and December 7, 1941.  We can only hope that we’re all in a better place a year from now but at the moment, it’s very difficult.  Well, best for 2021 anyway, to you and yours.  Be careful out there.  Embrace total reality and try to have fun as well.  Art will triumph!

This was the 34th year in a row that I’ve done this series.  Normally, I dedicate this set of poems to heroes and heroines, mainly in the arts.   Instead, for the 2020 issues, I dedicated poems to the anonymous, to the workers, to the artists and to my friends.  There’s also one titled Dedicated to you.

In my closest circle, I lost my Aunt Pat and both of my parents, among others.  Other deaths that hit me included those of John Lewis and C.T. Vivian.  We lost many in the arts including Jimmy Heath, Gene Deitch, Terry Jones, Bill Withers. Max Van Sydow, Olivia de Havilland, Little Richard, Toots Hibbert, Stanley Cowell, Ennio Morricone and “Blue” Gene Tyranny.  Those who died from the coronavirus included Wallace Roney, Manu Dibango, John Prine, Lee Konitz, Giuseppi Logan, Henry Grimes, Adam Schlesinger, Kim Ki-duk and Nelly Kaplan.

These photos will enlarge if you click on them and hit the backspace to return to the post.

Here’s a separate version of the December 2020 SURREAL THEATRE:

Here’s a separate version of the December 2020 “extra” The Pandemic Gazette:

Here’s a link to the special edition of The Pandemic Gazette.  I did this for the series Detroit SEQUENTIAL for the Detroit Novelty Press:

We taped eight new puppet performances in December.  I did the puppets, music, voices and staging.  The camera work, end credits and closed-captioning are by Jennifer Gariepy.  I’ll do a new blog post going into detail about my approach to puppetry soon.

Over 30 performances are available to view here:

From December 13th, 2020:  Here’s some strange year end holiday fun with a cast including a fly, a singing whale and the Purple Nightmare:

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