Kathleen Buckley & the City

While John writes about cities, his sister Kathleen Buckley depicts them in paintings and drawings. As she puts it, “Navigating the vast horizontal landscape of the Los Angeles, I feel compelled by, yet detached from the inanimate structures and urban decay that surround me. I offer my own outlook on these surroundings, one reflecting complexly ambivalent relationships between the territory and my individual map and another between the constructs of abstract and representational imagery.”

The piece above, A Herd of Blindspots Makes for a Dense Parking Lot, originally appeared in her 2009 show, “The World’s Got Some Serious Cataracts,” at the Lawrence Asher Gallery. Several of Kathleen’s shows have taken place at this venue, which is located at 5820 Wilshire Blvd. (on the Miracle Mile) in Los Angeles.

About poetsguide

A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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