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Poetry Club w/Charles Luden


Had a dream about petunias

then they were cactus blossoms

Finally awoke after three days

inside the imaginary whale

Walked around a city block

greeting each hooded politician

Charles Luden • May 25, 2017

Poetry Club w/Charles Luden

Lawyers and doctors are always practicing their professions.

Do they ever perfect them?
Perhaps it’s like musicians always looking for the cool notes 
hoping to blow them hot 
in the small hours.
Charles Luden
at Dunn Bros Coffee.

Saving the Mural at Black Sheep Coffee

From Charles Luden

First branches were cut down to remove shadows. A series of high resolution images were taken to be spliced together later. Measurements were taken so the camera was always the same exact distance from the wall. Mark, Bill’s father-in-law, initiated the saving process.  (Bill, now deceased bought Black Sheep from Todd.)  Bill’s uncle now owns Black Sheep. Paul Heckel who has an ad agency and more did the camera work. His company is named LIT and is on the north east corner of 10th and Main – across from the Carnegie building where the city council meets. Charles Luden shot these photos during the process. I don’t know when Paul will have the finished image completed, but he we will probably print them out at 100% and have the mural recreated.

Eyob Mergia (who know lives in Las Vegas) based the mural on the painting Jazz Band ( Dirty Style Blues ) 1944 by Jean Dubuffet 1901-1985 France French.

Eyob and I did this mural by my hot tub called ‘Swimming Ladies’

Poetry Club w/Charles Luden

Morning in Progress
I got through another night
without my house exploding
The air remains dense near
the back door
A woman walks past
carrying a cane
A small dog is getting bigger
approaching the front door
I close the shade
then weep
Charles Luden
at Black Sheep

Photo Club w/Charles Luden (Part 4 of 4) Sioux City 1979

Photo Club w/Charles Luden (Part 3 of 4) Sioux City 1979


Photo Club w/Charles Luden (Part 2 of 4) Sioux City 1979

Photo Club w/Charles Luden (Part 1 of 4) Sioux City 1979

Photo Club w/Charles Luden

Here’s a photo taken Dec 29, 1983 at night of the 1st Ernie November location on South Minnesota Ave where Hardee’s is now.  This was the night of the No Direction record release party for our 1st album.  – C.L.

Photo & Poetry Club with Charles Luden


I always liked this sign. Originally it was located downtown on 10th Street where the city bus terminal is now.  It was the sign for a joint called Tiki Tap. When the building was razed the place moved to East 10th just west of 229 where it became a liquor store. The sign was moved with the business. That’s where I took this photo long ago. – C.L.

His  Wife  is  Shorter  than  his  Daughter

Sitting across

from the family dog

begging for biscuits

they smile and recite

algebraic formulas

of nature’s mysteries

as rain wets their hair

       Charles Luden • 6-30-16 at Granite City

Who Are The Comrades Drinking Rum In The Bushes?

Let me relive this moment tomorrow

Today is too soon to repeat anguish

over empty glasses

The group scatters suddenly

due to gooey mud in the hole

and bright lights to the east

A gift for you I have

a voice from the loudspeaker barks


We did

Now nothing

       Charles Luden • 9-15-16 at Granite City


The night was long

too long for your stomach

to hold it all

After a kiss at 2 AM

behind the Top Hat

you heaved ho

in the parking lot

A message for the

opportunistic lover

       Charles Luden • 5-26-16 at Granite City