Douglas Blau

  • The Persian Poems

    The Persian Poems by Janey Smith, illustrations by Robert Kushner, text by Kathy Acker (New York: Bozeau of London Press, 1980), 48 pages.

    A CAPTIVE GIRL-CHILD LEARNING LANGUAGES is the image upon which Kathy Acker and Robert Kushner’s The Persian Poems by Janey Smith is based. Twelve-year-old-Janey is the prisoner of a New York-based Iranian slave-trader, who is helping her to master the syntax of sex. “One day,” Janey comes into possession of a book of Persian grammar and, hoping to loosen the grip of ennui, begins to ponder the positionings of nouns. The text of The Persian Poems purports to

  • Peter Saari

    How can we resist the temptation to reach into the past, into that overflowing well of artifacts and ideas, when it offers itself for plunder like an over-anxious lover? Few artists, today, seem willing or able to refrain; they fill their works with as many historical references as they can carry. They appear to be concerned with the countless allusions which materialize when diverse visual attitudes are melded together. Going against the grain of this current fascination for images which embrace the doctrines of cross-cultural, a-temporal eclecticism, Peter Saari has reached into the unchaste

  • “Yvon Lambert Presents 'Artemisia'”

    Judith chose her moment well: his was the right head and he was the right tyrant. Treacherous enough to deceive Holophernes, Judith was also cunning enough to elude the wrath of her critics: her premeditated, cold-blooded beheading of the man who loved her has, for centuries, been considered an exceptional deed. Hailed as the savior of her tribe, a heroine still, Judith (opportunist that she was) is remembered only for the courage and composure that she displayed in an hour of desperation. Many a city, therefore, has looked to her in times of need, and numerous artists have paid her tribute by