twistin' the night away (mary harju)


from fourWtwenty-eight (print anthology)


Highwire Gallery: Blurb: Philly Free School: Philly Fringe Festival '05


Highwire Gallery: Calendar: September 2005

Highwire Gallery: Calendar: July 2004


image with 2 balls


Closing Remarks (Philly Free School Post): Poetry Incarnation '05


Highwire Gallery: Calendars: January/April 2005


Opening Remarks: Poetry Incarnation '05

Highwire Gallery: Calendars: October/November 2004


Addendum: Cheltenham Elegy #420

The craftier angle is to hear them: hover
in the doorway, in total darkness, hands
held behind your back. She takes a stand
against him in the shadows, as her lover
flails, barefoot on carpeting: jabs, another-

these two miserable adolescents, tokens
of the dirge that was this tepid Philly 'burb,
clown choruses pining for images, curbed
words replaced with scripts, minds unbroken
finally meeting ends in winter rain, soaking,

drenched with venom against the solid.
What to look for: register his life-force
energies against hers, for the first course
her rhetoric takes against him, her stolid
defiance, sharply defined, against knowledge

that she's veered over into eerie wilderness.
It's true, the abyss laughs around her, & him,
but she's slightly more bound up in it, thinned,
bruised beneath surfaces to embrace the abyss,
all he needs is a caress given really, a kiss-

he won't get it. What he'll get is the meaning
of the surface she's chosen: bone, dust, webs.
Yet they stand exalted as they taste the dregs-
someone's watching elsewhere, & scheming.
Transmutation must happen, past dreaming-

that spirit, against the animal, is real in them.
The doorway is hinged to show you two souls-
unvarnished, electric, whether riddled with holes
or not, & love of a kind is being made, & gems.
The craftiest angle is not you, if you will, but them-


Hannah Miller on Poetry Incarnation '05


The Philadelphia Independent (2003): The Rizzoscope: Adam Fieled


Two Painters, Space

The Sweet Pears pdf collection consolidates paintings from Mary Harju and Jenny Kanzler. Here it is, embedded from Youblisher onto the US Wayback Machine.


The Fall: No Fall

As per other notable conservation moves: two versions of Mary Harju's "The Fall": the initial, Aughts, September 2008 version, with Mary's own commentary; and the 2016 ekphrasis version, with my poem to accompany the painting


Great Works: poetry (page)

                      The po-pages which stick around can become companions for interested parties.


Updated Cheltenham Elegies

                                           A new, updated Cheltenham Elegies sequence.