ONandOnScreen: A Mellow Drama by Jeanine Oleson & Rosanna Bruno

BOMB Magazine is pleased to feature selections from ONandOnScreen’s summer issue. Each week BOMBlog will showcase poems and video pairings from the Summer 2011 issue of ONandOnScreen, an e-journal project matching poems and videos. This week features poetry by Rosanna Bruno and Jeanine Oleson and a video of Cagney & Lacey.

Cagney & Lacey, “Couple’s Therapy.”

A Mellow Drama

A word-worker remained silent.

“Do we need to talk about this?”

No words outwards, except

an indiscernible smudge on the ceiling.

“Shut up, you don’t have your glasses on.”

Size queens and syphilitic whores

receive benefit packages in other cultures

I think, but do we need to talk

about this? As it were, I am

in egregious denial.

But you like Number 10;

I like Christine Cagney.

Shooters, passing sass, and other dealbreakers.

You are not in a court of law,

as it goes.

“No, I am not in a court of law,”

I asserted.

Dealbreakers are everywhere, but

without words, outwards, we have nothing

to really talk about.

About ONandOnScreen:

ONandOnScreen is poems + videos. Here videos are linked with poems and poems with videos in a shared space, widening the spectrum and essential strangeness of each. ONandOnScreen is a conversation between moving words and moving images, on and on.

—From OnandOnScreen.com

Rosanna Bruno is a painter who has recently exhibited at Edward Thorp Gallery and Schroeder, Romero and Shredder. She is a closet poet as well as a Cagney & Lacey fan.

Jeanine Oleson is a visual artist whose practice incorporates performance, film/video, installation, and photographic work, and often, language. Oleson has recently exhibited at: Beta-Local, San Juan, PR; X-Initiative, NY; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; and Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY. She is an Assistant Professor of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.

Nicholas Elliott by David Louis Zuckerman
Nicholas Elliott 01
Remembering Peter Hutton (1944–2016) by Joan Retallack
Peter Hutton Bomb1

Peter Hutton was an American filmmaker who spent many years of his youth at sea in the US Merchant Marine. His celebrated films, widely acclaimed for their luminous integrity, blurred the divide between still photography and cinema.

Daniel Kane’s We Saw the Light: Conversations Between the New American Cinema and Poetry by Abigail Child
Kenneth Anger

The era is largely the 1960s—the Beats and New York School are active and on both coasts, poets and filmmakers are meeting in productive, transformative ways. In We Saw the Light, Daniel Kane distills these relations, referencing letters, social networks, historical group formations, and interactions between these men (and they are usually men)—whether as audience, scriptwriter, actor, collaborator, or even “houseboy.”

Two Poems by Anna Morrison

If you can’t stand the first person, / get out of the kitchen. / Similar but escalating sleights of hand: / he wants to eat both the girl and the food in her basket. / She is past specialness, / doubling the likelihood.  In such young women, / traumas curl / till Christmas ribbon. The greatest predictor of red / is oxygen.