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by Ronee Blakley

Intimate, personal, about Djerassi Ranch, the artists, Neil Young's Bridge Concert: Steven Stills, Jackson Brown, Kris Kristofferson - poems, notes, and performance piece at LACMA, from poetry residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
Genre: Spoken Word: Poetry
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1. SEARCHING FOR PAMELA
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3:09 album only
2. THE INTELLECTUAL PART
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1:34 album only
3. POETS
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0:56 album only
4. BARE SUNLIGHT
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5. PROPOSAL FOR SCULPTURE
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1:25 album only
6. BLUE WHALE
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7. ONLY YOU
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1:21 album only
8. EAT LACMA
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6:14 album only
9. WRITING THIS WAY
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1:00 album only
10. SHOULDER PAIN
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3:03 album only
11. NIAGARA
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12. I HAVE BEEN
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13. NO SUCH THING
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14. AUTUMN CLUB 2019
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15. PENULTIMATE DAY
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16. THE ROAD
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17. VETERANS DAY DINNER
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18. BRIDGE CONCERT
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19. CURTAIN OF BLOOD
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20. CURTAIN OF BLOOD
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This work was written during Blakley's month long residency in poetry at the Djerassi Ranch in the mountains of Woodside, California. She was selected to be poet in residence; this work resulted in her being named a Fellow of the James McElwee Family Foundation. The rolling hills, flowing down thousands of feet to the sea, are reflected in this work, as well as old memories from her attendance at Mills College and Stanford University. Her fellow artists at the Ranch are also mentioned in the poems, as a close knit group, and sometimes individually. Intensely personal and intimate, Blakley spares nothing and holds back nothing in her work, opening with a poem about Pamela Djerassi, and ending with a poem called Curtain of Blood. There is a long piece about the artists performing at the Neil Young Bridge Concert: Neil, Stills, Jackson Brown, Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, and many more characters occupy this fleshed out impression of an idyllic time in an astoundingly beautiful location, where redwood forests and winding roads lead to creative contemplation about life, death, and and the nature of love.


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Ryan Cole

One of the best spokenword albums of 2012
If you are a fan of poetry/spokenword albums then this album is a must have. Ronee Blakley shines and shows such emotion and depth with each track that goes by on this album. Standouts on this album include "Eat Lacma" and "Bridge Concert." My favorite track on this whole album has to be the ten minute long "Curtain of blood." I believe this one track elevates Ronee to the ranks of a true poet in every sense of the word.