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Bob Shell: Letters From Prison 2018 #1

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Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

Letters From Prison, Part 1 2018

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Text by Bob Shell, Copyright 2018

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The other day one of the young men here handed me a book to read. I looked at it and was transported back in time more than fifty years. The book is Story of O. In 1966 I was nineteen years old, in my second year at Virginia Tech, working part time in a bookstore/coffee shop wrapping shipments for mailing, and trying to find a girlfriend. To make extra money, I was selling subscriptions to Playboy and Evergreen Review. I ordered a book I’d read about in Evergreen, called The Story of O, which had just been published in the US. The book had created quite a stir! There was much discussion about Pauline Reage, the credited author. Was this a pseudonym? Was the author really a man? Would the publisher end up in prison alongside the publisher of Screw?

This book was my first introduction to serious S and M erotica. To say it had a strong impact on me would be a massive understatement. Ever since I first read the book, I’ve had a dream of filming, still or movie, this story. There is a “band designee” version by the masterful French artist Guido Crepax, and a pretty awful movie and serialized TV miniseries, but they’re far too toned down. Anyway, I was surprised to find the book here where everything is so heavily censored. Apparently explicit verbal sex is OK, but even a bare breast is forbidden pictorially. I recently had an issue of Vogue magazine confiscated for containing nudity, and got an institutional charge for having it! I was given 45 days telephone restriction as punishment. Imagine that in the good old U.S.A.! Such is life here in the DOC.

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About The Author: Bob Shell is a professional photographer, author and former editor in chief of Shutterbug Magazine. He is currently serving a 35 year sentence at Pocahontas State Correctional Center, Pocahontas, Virginia for involuntary manslaughter for the death of Marion Franklin, one of his former models. Mr. Shell is serving the 10th years of his sentence. To read more articles by Bob Shell, go herehttp://tonywarderotica.com/bob-shell-letters-prison-part-5/

 

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Pat Meehan: #MeToo

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Pat Meehan: #MeToo

Pat Meehan: #MeToo

 

Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

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To see additional portraits from this body of work, click herehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/close-ups-1990s/

 

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A.H. Scott: The Grab Back

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Illustration by Eustace M, Pilgram, Copyright 2018

 

Poetry by A.H. Scott, Copyright 2018

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Illustration by Eustace M. Pilgram, Copyright 2018

Author’s Note: 

North Korea is just another layer in the cake of chaos that 45 has made over these past 12 months. I couldn’t resist tossing in Joseph Welch into this hideous mix. Geez, one year seems like a century under this con known as Don. But, in the midterms and 2020, “The Grab Back” is coming for him and his complicit party. Everything he touches turns to dust…..

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THE GRAB  BACK

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Flip the coin

Flip it well

Cuz’ as the days grind on, we’re all being dragged to Hell

Both sides are made of people who are fine, as the Monarch of Mendacity always tells

Seems like a century has been compressed into 365 days since his inauguration

Fit as a fiddle is what his doc says

Yet, our eyes can’t deceive us as the con known as Don smirks along these demeaning days

The cult of Trump is oblivious to anyone who doesn’t bow to the tantrum titan

Heather Heyer was her name

Do you give a damn?

La David Johnson was his name

Do you give a damn?

Coin flips again

Of course he never retreats, as onto the next debasing is his delight

Flipping coins of hate is the only way his pleasure is elevated and hardened

Stable is fable

Genius is not his

Decency be damned

America be damned

Planet be damned

Well, I’ll be damned

But, the flippin’ goes on

And, that’s part of Don’s con

Welch once asked a question of sense

But, that would only matter to one who had any

Comeuppance of The Grab Back is coming to thee

Tyrannical!

Reprehensible!

Undignified!

Myopic!

Piddler!

In chief

In grief

Stain upon our world will not be brief

In over his thumbs and head

Flim-Flim is what we dread

The predicament we got here ain’t a failure to communicate

It’s a failure to close the mouth and open the ears, proves he is a man who history cannot educate

But, he gets off on seeing us all in tears and with a frown

Put the shovel down and stop using that blowhole of yours as some kind of Stalinistic crown

Boasting of a button so large, seems the only way his fragile ego can get a constant recharge

Your button is minute, as is your capacity for humility

Two men of madness across bodies of water pout and rant

Yet, the elder of the two is more immature than the younger pissant

Down this road of sorrow, man of rage flexes 240 characters towards a dark future

Nuclear winter could be near, for arrogance’s finger on the button of apocalypse is ever so clear

Crazy he is not, for there are more than enough fellow travelers in his lot

All of us who are sane are hoping Nuclear winter won’t be a result of a pissing contest insult

Insults be damned, for his soul is a stone of narcissism

Monarch of Mendacity inflates his chest with pride

He doesn’t give a thought on who is on the other side

Squawking about who’s coming in and who you want in this country proves your racism can no longer hide

Callously speaking of human beings as if they were soot

Now, let’s get down to the root

Root of his core isn’t larger than life for something so truly itsy-bitsy makes the world tsk-tsk in strife

Your button is minute

Your bullying sure as hell ain’t cute

And, Vladimir owns your chute of poot

Pussy Hat!

Pussy Hat!

Damn straight, that’s where it’s at

The Grab Back is here

Now, get this loud and clear: Voters are Gonna’ Vote & Kick All the Grabbers in the Rear!

The only hole that manure belches from is located between his vicious lips

So, to that man who is void of conscience, the Kitties dig in their claws deep, “Hole Off & Flip!!”

Mid-terms and 2020 are gonna’ be the ultimate payback and Grab-Back trip!

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About The Author: A.H. Scott is a poet based in New York City and frequent contributor to Tony Ward Studio. To read additional articles by A. H. Scott, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/h-scott-vortex-vile/

 

 

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Exhibition Announcement: Hamburg, Germany

Objects of Art: Dressed/Undressed. From the book of Tableaux Vivants

Objects of Art: Dressed/Undressed. From the book of Tableaux Vivants. 

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Tableaux Vivants by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017.

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To see additional Tableaux Vivants by Tony Ward that will be on exhibit at Fikki Beach in Hamburg on December 16, 2017, click herehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/tableaux-vivants-1993-2000/

 

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Paul Mojica: R.I.P.

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Paul Mojica: R.I.P.

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