Please enjoy the following essays and poems, introduced below.

The Riddle of the Sphinx and Fowl Play in the Graphic Art of Leonard Baskin
 3. Selected Poems by David Chorlton of Phoenix, Arizona


Terra Cotta sculputre by William Girard


Former Professor of Art Girard was a lifelong Royal Oak, Michigan, resident. He studied for one semester at the Society for Arts and Crafts before fatherhood interfered. Some years later he returned as an instructor, and eventually became a professor of art at the same institution, known then as  the Center for Creative Studies, known now as the College for Creative Studies. 

 The article begins thus:


"The burglar who broke into our house paid no attention at all to our collection of Girard paintings and sculpture. It eas very depressing.

My naturopath subsequently instructed me to treat this and all life issues with the balm of gratitude. She would undoubtedly be pleased to know that the burglary has taught me to be grateful for boors.

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The following essay resulted from a series of discoveries and insights that originated with the purchase of a piece of art, a print, by Leonard Baskin: Tyrannus.

It seems that I found had/has yet to be noticed - or at any rate, remarked upon, in print - by anyone else so far as I could determine. Ultimately, then, this is an essay about perception.

About Leonard Baskin

In 1969, Leonard Baskin was just the third artist, after Ben Shahn and George Grosz, to be awarded a Gold Medal by both the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was a two-time recipient of the Tiffany Fellowship and also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. According to the New York Times, Baskin was also the first American artist given the

honor of an exhibition by the Albertina (collection)

in Vienna, Austria.

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So there I was, telling the little reprobate who lives upstairs about the hidden images I had found in Leonard Baskin's TYRANNVS woodblock print. 4

“That ain't art,” said the kid, “it’s a raw shark.”

Raw shark? Sushi?


You mean the image  exudes the ruthless power and danger of a shark? (TYRANNVS does appear “in the raw.”)


Turns out, the reprobate meant “Rorschach,” not “raw shark.”

His point: TYRANNVS – and perhaps, by extension, much of Baskin’s graphic output – is actually a sort of Rorschach blot, capable of exposing a viewer’s unconscious interests and concerns. 5 

Yeah, right. By my own admission, I was seeing things that, apparently, no one else had seen.

So maybe I was just seeing things, right? A victim of my own  overactive imagination? OK, maybe. And maybe not.

The question is, was I seeing my imagination at work or Leonard Baskin’s? See and judge for yourself.

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Selected Poems by David Chorlton of Phoenix, Arizona



"David Chorlton is to vision as pigment is to paint.  His appearance reminds me of a candlewick: scorched, desiccate, yet unconsumed. He speaks of his contemporaries with the thunderous affection of John the Baptist inveighing against Herodias.  The surprise is that this discomfiting  personality possesses the lyric vision of an Isaiah.  His poems and paintings sizzle with color, compassion and understated humor as they expose our dark corners, our overlooked humanity, and our struggle to survive a manic contemporaneity. They are as manna for the hungry, but they will not feed the weak.

"One of my favorite poems by David, Marina Tsvetayeva, predates digital life and has yet to make the transition. Perhaps he will allow me to offer it as a wav file, as I have it on a cassette tape. Meanwhile, please visit these poems for a taste of the master's work."