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Patricia Lynne Duffy

 

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Geneviève Mousseaux

Read what Twitter founder Biz Stone and others have to say about Patricia Lynne Duffy's book: Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens: How Synesthetes Color Their Worlds

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La Butte-aux-Cailles, Paris of Myth

 

 

 
Paris-Mythique
Photo by E.M.

In the magical Paris quarter called La Butte-aux-Cailles (pronounced 'La Boot-O-Kye"), visitors can feel they've stumbled on a time portal to an earlier, less hurried, more mythic Paris. A Paris of friendly cafés full of locals sipping cups of café noir and writing in notebooks or talking to friends, owners of bistros taking a break outside on the quarter's winding streets to chat with shopkeepers and clients alike... read more


Miss.Tic: "Even stronger than desire is illusion"
Photo by Patricia Lynne Duffy

nycBigCityLit.com: Miss.Tic: ParisStreetsToGalleryChic

 

Scènes de la vie dans une autre langue

 

 

 

 

Il n’y a pas question—le processus d’apprendre une langue—il est pénible!  En particulier lorsqu’on essaie d’apprendre à l’âge d’adulte.  Moi, je fais les bêtises tout le temps.

 

Voici un exemple. C’était ma première semaine à Paris... continuez


Traces of synesthesia in Paris 2012

 

 

 

 


dans le café
La Chaise au Plafond, Le Marais, Paris

 

 Artecitta: Curso de Verano
Synesthesia in the Sierra Nevadas
Mecina, La Tahá, La Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucía, Spain, July 25-30, 2011


 

 

Jose Antonio Feliz, Patricia Lynne Duffy, Joshua B. Cohen, Maria

José de Córdoba Serrano, Timothy B. Layden, Helena Melero
Carrasco, Javier Dominguez Muñino, Victor Parra Ortiz


Synesthesia in the Sierra Nevadas:
Pat Duffy reads from Blue Cats
Tim Layden translates

 

Towards a Science of Consciousness conference

Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1-8, 2011

 

 
Pat reading from Blue Cats with ‘Synesthesia Group’
led by Maureen Seaberg (center)

 
A little “R&R” in the “Ice Bar”, Stockholm:
Pat, Maureen, Erkan

 

NYU Synesthesia Symposium and Dave Chalmers’ Multi-sensory party

NYU, November 20, 2010

 

 
Carol Steen, Maureen Seaberg,

Pat Duffy, Dave Chalmers at

Dave’s Multi-Sensory Party

 
Dave Chalmers’ multi-sensory socks

  

The Opening of the Poetry Door

Openings took place on May 15 and June 18, 2010

 

Photo by George Spanos
Opening of the Poetry Door: 
author Katherine Vaz with Pat Duffy and friends

Photo by Deborah Fairchild
Party guests in the
Red Wine Room

 

See video clips by George Spanos of Opening of the Poetry Door parties

Read poem "The Poetry Door" by Laura Glenn

 

..more painted poetry by artist Mark Turgeon

 

First… at the Bowery Poetry Club, you saw

the ‘Poetry Steps’

Then… up at Bob Holman’s fabulous loft you saw—

the Poetry Floor

..and now…in the heart of Chelsea, it’s—

the Poetry Door!

Another original work of painted poetry

by Mark Turgeon

 

See the list of the Poetry Door Poets

 

Paintings 2006—2009, by David Hockney


Pace-Wildenstein, 532 West 25 Street, October 28, 2009

 


Portrait of Arthur Lambert by David Hockney

 
Hockney painting his Yorkshire branches


Entrance to party at Pace Wildenstein

 

    

     Josh and I got to meet David Hockney, our magnificent contemporary painter that I wrote about in Blue Cats.  (I wrote about those red tree trunks and blue leaves he painted his stage sets for the Metropolitan Opera (because reds and blues were the colors synesthete-Hockney (yes, synesthete-Hockney) "heard" in the music of Ravel.

 

     The meeting with D.H. was at the private party that preceded the opening of his first New York exhibition in 12 years—of the Yorkshire landscapes he’s been painting since moving back to England. I will never forget all that pinkish light in the gallery space (or was that my own synesthetic reaction?) And those paintings of the hawthorn, oh the hawthorn—you can just feel those branches brushing against your skin when you look at those paintings.

 

     I told D. H. that, and he smiled in a friendly way, but I fear he did not hear a word I said as there was much ambient noise and my voice was high and shy (I was meeting David Hockney, after all!) and D.H. has lost much of his hearing over the years. We were introduced by my kind friend Arthur Lambert, whom David Hockney did a (six-foot!) portrait of many years ago (see above). How does he capture that “Arthur-ness” of Arthur?  How does he capture the feel of the hawthorn? The colors of Ravel’ s music? Oh, the mystery of Hockney’s eye and art.

 

Visions: The World Journal of Illustrated Poetry celebrates its 30th anniversary


The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South, September 22, 2009

Photos by Jennifer Ale

In celebration mode

Visions International readers at The Players

Visions reception

Brad Strahan, founder

                     

    ‘Elegant’, ‘intimate’ and ‘soulful’ describe this celebration at the historic Players Club (originally founded by Mark Twain and other 19th century artists) on Gramercy Park. 

      The fête honored Bradley Strahan, founder of Visions: The World Journal of Illustrated PoetryFor 30 years, poet Strahan has been committed to gathering a range of the world’s poetry – work in English and in English translation that hails from countries including Croatia, Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Pakistan, the US,  to name a few.   Poet and artist Ellen Peckham read her work, as did Visions contributors including Susanna Rich and Brad Strahan himself.

     I don’t write poetry but I was thrilled to read translations of poems by Drago Stambuk, Croatian Ambassador to Japan and a leading poet in Croatia.

     Visions has also published work of leading poets Ai, Andrei Codrescu, James Dickey, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Gilbert, Allen Ginsberg, Linda Gregg, Marilyn Hacker, Ted Hughes, Sharon Olds, Naomi Shihab-Nye and Louis Simpson

     And at The Players post-poetry reception, poets, visual artists, UN staffers, and friends mingled---the company, wine and sesame tuna hors d’oeuvres were “poetry” themselves.

 

Jakob Montrasio's 11-foot skyscraper photos at the "China Prophecy: Shanghai" show

The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place, through Winter 2010
 

     Could Shanghai replace New York as the 'world city' of the 21st century? That is the question this exhibit of 11-foot skyscraper photos, models, and videos asks.  With a population of 18 million and growing,  'vertical cities' of skyscrapers could be Shanghai's population salvation, and a model for China's -- and the world's -- growing urban centers. Of note in this exhibition are Jakob Montrasio's 11-foot skyscraper photos of Shanghai's towering towers (at 128 stories, the 'under-construction' 'Shanghai Tower' will surpass New York's 102-story Empire State Building). Also catch Montrasio's 20-minute Shanghai video and glide through the illuminated walkways of China's ancient city of the future.

 

Goldberg Haas' Dances for a Variable Population

Downtown Dance Festival, Chase Plaza, NY August 21, 2009
 

     This group did it again! Choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas has assembled a company with dancers of different shapes, sizes, and ages (ranging from early 20's to late 70's). Haas works with the movement styles of her diverse dancer-types -- to make wonderful exhilarating works like Fanfare.

     At the end of the show, the audience was invited on stage to join in.

Everybody: the short, the tall, the old, the young, the cool, the clumsy.

Vivent les differences!

 

Caecilia Tripp's New York film

Bowery Poetry Club screening/reception, July 21, 2009
 

     A "Euro magic-realist" view of downtown New York with repeated scenes à la Gertrude Stein. Though the repetition can get to you, Parisian filmmaker Caecilia Tripp's work lingers in the mind…with luminous scenes of Washington Square Park nighttime and Chelsea daytime.

 

Bob Holman's Poetry Floor

"Hollywood Poetry" after-party May 10, 2009
 

     I am jealous of Bob Holman's Poetry floor up in his one-of-a-kind loft. Lines of the world's greatest poetry (from Rimbaud to Dickinson to Whitman, plus so many more—and in many, many languages).  The fab floor was painted by artist Mark Turgeon.  Now I want a Poetry floor too.  I love the way something as 'up-in-the-clouds' as poetry—becomes part of the solid foundation that holds us up!  (in Bob's loft anyway). And at the "Hollywood Poetry" after-party, the loft's poetry floor held up the likes of celeb-poets Patricia Clarkson, Michael O'Keefe, Sapphire, Amber Tamblyn, Claire Daines, and more.  Bravo Bob!

Jonas Mekas and Cecilia Vicuña dance at the UN

UN Correspondents Association Clubroom, February 21, 2009
 

      Legendary avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas and multi-lingual poet Cecilia Vicuña danced in celebration of International Mother Language Day  (February 21) at the United Nations Correspondents Association Clubroom.  Both gave readings and talks at this benefit to promote literacy projects (co-sponsored by the UN Language and Communications Programme).  Jonas Mekas spoke lovingly of Lithuanian, his native tongue and of his struggles to communicate in other languages.  Said Mekas, "Always it was a struggle. I spoke the wrong dialect, my accent was too heavy. 'We don't understand. What are you trying to say?' were the words I heard most often from other people. Then I discovered the language of cinema and said, 'Finally, a universal language that the whole world will understand.'  But then people watched my films and said, 'We don't understand. What are you trying to say?' "

 

Filmmaker Jonas Mekas and poet Cecilia Vicuña

 

"Being" is a compound of three forms: "to grow", "to set in motion"

And "yes it may be so."

"To be not an estar, but a way of being." – Cecilia Vicuña, Instan

 

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