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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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Book of Srang Cover

This is the cover of a unique chapbook, The Book of Srang (a misspelling of "strange") drawn by a childhood friend of mine. As indicated by the instruction on the left, the book had an audio accompaniment
-- vocal effects imprinted on a cassette tape.  The tape long ago vanished, no doubt first unraveling.

Monday, July 28, 2014

When You are Away from Athens do You Have Another Girl

A century since the start of World War I

Written and mailed on July 30, 1914, two days shy of 100 years ago, and two days after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand triggered World War I:  July 28, 1914.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Alexandrian's Surrealist Art (1970)


 "(De Chirico's) father, a Sicilian engineer who lived in Greece, had an aristocratic temperament and had fought several pistol duels.  His mother was romantically enough inclined to have had one of the bullets which had wounded her husband mounted in gold." 

Sunday, July 20, 2014


poem ca. 1991

My room, Boulder, Colorado 1984


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Man-Fish, and Vigilante Justice

The Man-Fish, from Dewey Tidwell's Heller in the Oilfield, Westerner, November-December 1974

see a similar creature, Jake the Alligator Man, from a former post

from John H. Harrison's "Doc" Lincoln's Cantina Cut-ThroatsWild West, January 1972

Friday, July 11, 2014

January 21, 1943

On January 21, 1943, the Soviet army had only just opened a corridor to besieged Leningrad, the first actions leading to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began, and the Japanese fought in Guadalcanal to maintain their Pacific empire, among other events: January 1943.

Snow also coated the ground, in the view seen from someone's front porch.