Apr 042012

Elkhorn to Lockport, part 2

By Danny Mayer

“Thank you for showing me Gest today, the two lock houses facing Cedar Creek those bureaucrats will soon raze.”

My breath flashes vapor at each line. Nearing late-afternoon on the Kentucky River, the sun has only recently asserted itself in the sky, somewhere near Stevens Branch on pool 3, four river miles past. This would have been before the portage at Gest, Lock 3 across from Monterey, and before the exploratory amble up the hill to see the two Gest lock houses in decay, the result of a strategic decision by the state and its people to abandon upkeep of grounds and water. Before the ham and cheese on bread, before the piss breaks, before reloading and shoving off, one-by-one from the remnant pad below the lower lock gates, to ferry back into the main-stream (eddying overnight at Severn Creek) on our way to Lockport.

Say, three hours ago. Continue reading »

Mar 162011
Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova

Armand, Liee, and Rochelle at 1003 North Limestone.

“Discarded Couch”

Upholstery blotched with coffee stains

and gravies from the microwave,


cover slit and worn to a papery sheen,

coins and paperclips squirreled away


in crevices and tuckings, limp

cushions recording all the shapes


and weights a North American buttocks

can take, tired springs, scuffmarks,


remnant of a thousand naps and who knows how many bouts of lovemaking:


curbside proof to those of us who pass

and muse at what seems novel to the setting–


to those of us whose wear survives them– that comfort is where you find it.

Richard Taylor


Photo taken by Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova. Taylor’s poem was one of four written accompaniments to the many photos comprising Gohde and Todorova’s Discarded project, recently shown at Land of Tomorrow (LOT) Gallery, 527 East Third Street (just past the intersection of Race and Third).