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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870. The "xothique" portion of the web address is a nod to Clark Ashton Smith's fictional continent of Zothique.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jose a good looking kid



Jose was the gentleman in the U.S. Air Force uniform in the top photo.  The fellow in the January 1956 photo hadn't quite grown into his uniform.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

This belongs to Cora White




Friday, February 22, 2013

The City of Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California

Islands in general are fascinating as hell, and Santa Catalina, or Catalina Island, is a microcosm rich with story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Catalina_Island,_California.  Apparently "C.R." (?), who sent this postcard, wasn't given to long-winded messages. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I'm Branching Out My Fishing

Nelscott, whence this message-less card was sent in 1956, per Wikipedia was an unincorporated area (with a post office of its own) which was joined with other towns to make up Lincoln City (on the Oregon coast) in 1965.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Big One Got Away


That's one gigantic fish. The caption, "Big One Got Away" is a trifle problematic, because the creature actually appears to have been caught.  The canoe may be top-heavy however.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Twins of Age


Friday, February 8, 2013


A piece by me, written in Maebashi, Japan in 1991, which was published (with a few typos) by Myeongsuk Jeong in Sunflower: A Literary Journal for Freewrites, Berkeley, California, 4th Quarter 1993.  A statement inside the publication read that, "Sunflower is a quarterly literary journal for freewrites published in the Bay Area. Our goal is to provide a forum for the exploration and expression of freewriting as defined in Natalie Goldberg's books, WRITING DOWN THE BONES and WILD MIND." Art by Myeongsuk Jeong.

Curiously, the streak at the top of the photograph is not present in the original -- a byproduct of scanning, or a psychic contrail?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dry Images


I have nothing against Canada, waterways, or trees, but these aren't the most dynamic shots possible.  Ansel Adams, step aside!