Electric Review

Culture & Criticism Since 2003

Spotlight On Larry Keenan

These pictures by photographer Larry Keenan serve as a personal memorial to a community of faces that have fallen away into invisible skin — tributes to fallen friends in ink and paper, these portraits find their subject matter in the pioneers of the Beat Generation literary movement that extends back to the middle 1950s. Like all transcendental art, these pictures do not need any explanation or introduction. Instead, they move by themselves: animal-like and slow, moving through the misty evening across the cool diamond rivers of dusk. And like the very best photographs, they subsist on the sweet blood of memory, finding sustenance in the thirsty eye of each viewer, moving now on delicate deer hooves, moving into the flower garden where God sleeps. And in the end, we are there, too: finding a renewed faith in the ash of what once was.

All Photos © Larry Keenan. All Rights Reserved.

Reproduction expressly prohibited without written permission from Larry Keenan.

A Face In A Photograph

And these

Are the dead

Who have sacrificed

Living bone


To the echo

Of words


Gone back


To half

Asphyxiated shadows


To live


The thick

Gray silence


More tongue

To twist


Into song


These are

The dead

Who have

Passed away


Into groans


Are the ghosts


Pools splash

(A face)

In a photograph


Is all

We have

To hold


Gone numb


In electric bone

(A face)

In a picture


Blind soft raw

(the milk)

Of you


Over the

Dusty boulders

Of dreams


Reborn new


Ending in

Perfect pools


Black and white

by John Aiello


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This entry was posted on October 1, 2003 by in 2003, October 2003, Poetry, Rat On Art & Photography and tagged .
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