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Poetry Club w/Charles Luden


Ernie November in the early days (Photo: Charles Luden)

(On  Philosophers)  (On  Zealots)

I have a slight understanding of a few things
but don’t know much
Just put in earplugs when they preach
Charles Luden • 4-16-15 • at Granite City

Blast from the past, my 2003 Arts Night entry

Scott's art night 2003

I think the ‘then’ CEO of Avera bought the piece. I can’t even remember the name of the piece.

Photo Club with Charles Luden


Grain Elevator in Bristol, SD

Where am I?



Daily thought found on FB via Mexico City: Someone somewhere is living your best dream, and another your worst nightmare. In that light, the way you navigate your dreams in your life effects the quality of others dreams.



$25,000 for Sculpture toothbrush cleaning, and zilch for mosaic wall

I don’t think this was a mistake, I believe with all the Downtown development, they kind of want the wall to go away, but a bad way to go about it;

But the maintenance has been sparse since the last segment of artwork was installed in 2009. And time is taking its toll.

Creators of the mosaic believe vibrations caused by the demolition of the nearby River Ramp in 2012 caused many of the tiles to loosen. Ice melt and other chemicals applied to the adjacent road in winter splashes up on the mosaic and contributes to a leaching that is staining the tiles.

“Having that type of wall next to a busy street with our winters just makes it problematic,” said Sue Quanbeck Etten, director of central services for the city.

But chemical splash isn’t the only issue here. The wall sits along a triangular piece of land that the city believes is prime for redevelopment. It’s trying to gauge private interest now in building on that site. Depending on the interest, the city wants to expand the River Greenway to that side of the Big Sioux much the same as has been done next to Cherapa Place and the Hilton Garden Inn on the east side.

No surprise though, like most things public art wise in Sioux Falls they mis-manage funds to support it, and when they do get it right they fail on maintenance. I think the Statue of David jinx us years ago.

Poetry Club with the Ludeness!

Sunbird LoungeLarry  The  Z’s  Mandolin

Still  Evokes  A  Memory

Saw BZ on bass at the Sunbird Lounge last night

Remember you on mandolin at the J&M years ago

So many nights between those events

Nations have born and died

But the power chord and

Slippery mojo workout remain

Charles Luden

                          March 3, 2000

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Note: Larry the Z is Larry Zierath

BZ is Butch Zierath

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The above poem is a sequel to one in my first book Virgin Death published in 1977.

The poem is:

Larry  The  Z’s  Mandolin  Evokes  A  Memory

Your mandolin rings my ears

Like an old Gypsy dancer, once.

She came up and pinched me

Since we spoke not so much.

I remember her nervous hand

Which she probably didn’t want.

Charles Luden

The return of $25 Dollar Paintings

FOR SALE, each are $25 + shipping (Free Delivery in Sioux Falls)
ALL have custom frames and are under glass.

‘I’m a Changed Woman’ 9 x 10.5″

‘RatFink meets 17th Century Art’ 4.5 Diameter″
‘Whip it Good’ (Canvas Wrap) 8 x 10″
‘Jazz’ 7.5 x 9.5″

‘Bettie’s Shadow’ 6.375 x 8.375″
‘Another Crispin Sunday’ (M.B. Haskett) 7.5 x 9.25″

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Chuck Luden’s poem about naming rights . . .

I don’t like selling naming rights for public places.

I don’t like changing street names or other place names.

I like strip joints and rock n roll in general.
For specifics call me.
                     Charles Luden • 2-20-15
Also, NPR had a great piece on the ‘Mars’ South Dakota Ads.

What I am watching


Just watched this fantastic DOC from 1997. Blue Note was one of the most legendary album labels of all time.

What’s next for Lucy Cooper?


I ran into Lucy last night at the Frislie/Zandbroz First Friday Alley Show. As you may or may not know, Lucy ran Rick Weiland’s campaign, worked for the Democratic Party in the State Legislature this past session and now is assisting in the petition drives for keeping the minimum wage as is for peeps under 18.

So I asked her after June, when the petition drive is done, what’s next? Any big news? She actually told me that she does have BIG July plans, but I’m sworn to secrecy :)