Tuesday, October 12, 2004

it's cold here today, and so quiet
i can hear myself think.

pines twist against the wind
outside the window
i gazed beyond the dusty 14-inch
monitor on my desk where the distinct
industrial hum of the computer fan score
the turmoil before
with soft indifference.

without the cackled distraction
of human contact
now i am finally on task.

Monday, October 11, 2004

scaling down...

images from long ago...

descending ever further...

only to rediscover fragments...

of disembodied memory...

best left buried.

The Tower of the Juche Idea _ Pyongyang, North Korea

from orietalarchitecture.com...

The tower of the Juche idea was unveiled on April 15, 1982, on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. The 150-meter tall tower is tipped with a torch made of "rare materials". The body of the tower is faced with 70 granite slabs, one for each year of Kim Il-sung's life up to that time. The tower represents the idea of Juche (roughly, "self reliance") in that its architectural form is derived from obelisk-type stone pagodas built in premodern Korea.

The sculpture group in front of the tower is a trio of figures, with a worker, peasant, and intellectual holding a hammer, sickle, and writing brush. This is in character with the nature of the Party's class structure.

The tower sits at the edge of the Taedong river running through downtown Pyongyang.

This will be the LAST TIME i mix Montecristo No. 3 with bloody steak and $7.60-a-bowl K-Town chirashi.