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BH.net: time out for some fashion & art (& beads)...

...thanks to new words and authors.

1. fashion district by Andrew English:
Born in 1984, he could have been my brother -
burlap hair braided smog blonde
swept just above blue, atmospheric eyes.

One divorce and a busted street race
left him with a backpack and bionic legs,
getting his daily treatment from tourists.
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2. Throw Me Somethin' Mister: Fictions and Fragments from Mardi Gras by Robert Klein Engler:
I have a sip of bourbon and try to be encouraging. The liquor bites, but the ice cools the sting. Eventually, our conversation lags and we each say goodnight. As he walks back to his coach seat, I follow Tom with my eyes until the doors between the cars hiss shut. Now, the whistle blows when we pass a crossing. I remember Peggy Lee singing the Johnny Mercer song, "Blues in the Night." You can almost hear the whistle of the train in that music. "My mamma done tol' me, when I was in pigtails, a man is a two-face. Whoo-ee, ol' clickety clack's a-echoin' back the blues in the night." Alone, I jingle the remaining ice in my glass and I look out the window to see the glow of a farm house front porch light caught in the fingers of a bony tree. Then, far off lights of a small town glide past cushioned by an immense darkness. The train follows the highway and for a moment the twin headlights of a single car trace the night with us. Suddenly, they veer off around a curve, leaving only red tail lights bleeding into ink.
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3. "Agonized Poetry": Frida Kahlo and Catharsis by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard:
In response to "Miscarriage in Detroit," her husband, the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, commented that this was one in a series of "masterpieces which had exalted the feminine quality of truth, reality, cruelty and suffering. Never before had a woman put such agonized poetry on canvas as Frida did at this time in Detroit."
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4. Cheap & Chic: A Search for the Perfect Parisian Boots & Bag by Jessica Martinez:
On a recent trip to Paris I was determined to get two things: the perfect pair of boots and a perfect leather bag. Being the fashion capital of the world (as a New Yorker this is something I must regretfully accept), one would think that this would be an easy task. With so many stores lining around my rented apartment, limitless choices laid upon my feet.
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