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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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015


An initial installment of Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, in Animals (29 January 1963). The cover subject seemed quiet and still itself, though not as a result of DDT.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hungary 1988

A friend of mine on a European trip mailed me this postcard from Hungary on May 22, 1988, not too long before the fall of the Eastern bloc. He opened it, "Greetings, from behind the curtain!" 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

In Memory

In Memory

Forms walk behind the sunset. A memorial to someone who fell off a cliff below is grounded in skittering leaves, below which trains slide and buckle against gravity's bend down a grave chute. He was fourteen years old when his body broke, bloody and bending into the sun-fried leagues of trees, interrupted in places by oval cow fields and rippled ponds floored by mud ridges. 

Miles below the earth's surface and hills, vagrants ride in handcars in caverns choked with quartz crystals. Ice bells float in the rarefied violet vapor toward space. A green snake flickers and curves, wandering the the trail, underneath the cavern or ritual place in the cliff, fire light beating on stone-like protruding branches, rose hips, moss farms, rock heights flooded with droning highway light. Squirrel kidneys hover on bark glass, puttering cremains, paths leading through crepuscular spores.


September 9, 1993

Photo by me. City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, 2007.

Monday, February 16, 2015


My great-great grandparents, Daniel and Charlotte Nash, and their children, Daniel, Sarah, and John, around 1880.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Un bon-vivant

A kind of risqué Arcimboldo

Friday, February 6, 2015