Leccia Octavia

Leccia Octavia 7-20-99

Artpiece Seen in the Helen Druitt Gallery

Created by Rudoph Stiffel at age of 68

  • (still creating 20 years later)


Needles through a Venus De Milo

all pain

all white

what does it mean

‘what does it say

(why is Art in a glass case)

to protect us

to protect art

what does it say

what does it mean

the pain of white

the needles of eternity


with the pure arctic white

kniving through the torso

where are the words not said

that we must know

why do I remember it

without understanding it

what is my vision

that learns from his

slowly we dream

over and over

slower and slower

till we dream no more

maybe that is death

or maybe it’s the graffiti

on a Budapest Wall

“The dead are only the living on vacation”

Revised with help from the late Kate Raley

Bob Small 4-4-00

revised again 2-20-20


About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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