It was a tavern

August 16, 2019

I went an Irish Bar on a winding road Corkscrew

It was a tavern.


Richter in the Sky with Diamonds: Reich Richter Part At The Shed by Lee Michael Klein by Lee Klein

July 28, 2019

“Reich Richter Part” at “The Shed”, Hudson Yards

On view thru June 6 within the shifting shapes of the new Hudson Yards architecturally telescoping multi-genre venue on wheels “The shed”, is a two part two composer collaboration with the German artist Gerhard Richter, the new interdiciplinary work “Reich, Richter Part”.

In the first section in an initial ad hoc chamber the simulacra meister who has blurred so many moments of a burning exiatance has hung long paintings which read like tapestries as elongated geometric pattetns ensue in legnthy form. The musical partnering to the canvases is by the Estonian compiser Avro Part. Therein suddenly what seemed to be audience members begin circling and singing hallelujah. The chorus is all around you ala a flash mob and arises so unxepectedly and welcomingly that it further spurs one on to orbit with those performing and those gathered and examine the works and in the meantime join an intimate immediate miniature kinetic universe

Soon the audience is prompted to move to the next chamber where facing the musical ensemble on fold out chairs the assemblef soon realize it is time to turn atound towards the screen. As the screen shot is at first a static Richter which next begins to morph still within a grid but then lo and behold the arist unwinds his well known compositional structure and so commences a series of pictorial variations which can indeeed induce hallucinations. Much of the amazing techicolor dreamcoat palette’s rosarch like imagedery invokes Bhuddist and Hindu art amongst much else. This writer and his co-concet goer, architect Fanyu Lin, surmised that this was the artist embracing the God force towards the end of his physical life. Finally the picture upon the screen returns to the linear Richter format we know so well. All along Steve Reich”s musical phraeseology lifts you aloft on this jouney and you are gone.

Richter in The Sky with Diamonds.

Lee Klein
April, 2019


The Orchid on Viale Tunisia in Milan

May 16, 2019

It has been a long long time since this writer has written up a massage or a place of massage.  Therein as he is the one and only author of the infamous post “The Massage Behind the Sombrero” ( a story mostly placed firmly between southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina; he has tried follow it up over the years with newer posts such as the message is the massage ( and so forth.  Now though he realizes that a spot he found in 2006 while commuting from Milan to Torino to attend the Winter Olympics in Torino or perhaps two or three years later on a subsequent stopover is worthy of sequel status (though his first massage there occurred he thinks before he ever got his one and only in Hamer).20190512_203734 (2)

(The orchid on Viale Tunisia in Milano)

Having been to Bangkok twice he knows how deep the Thai’s go and each time it is a long no noise session and well priced and boy does the tension  leave the body (which is especially great before a long intercontinental airline flight).  You get oiled up and the masseuse might use their legs to kick your back which then cracks,  They might put like a pine or eucalyptus oil on you which has a healing medicinal feel. You might pair up the massage with a visit to the all you can eat Japanese sushi place next door or the excellent Italian pizzeria and restaurant around the corner, Casati 19 on Via Buenos Aires (had one of my favorite meals ever in life there: salome e crostini followed by Risotto Frutti di Mare and then a pear partially covered in chocolate icing in a sea of custard or vanilla pudding exactly which of the two I do forget).20190512_204311 (3).jpg  The whole neighborhood has an exciting unique  feel, one new entrant being a Sicilian place called Gattopardo (Italian for Ocelot).20190512_204641


No gates to the Campo Italian Shopping Mall Poem 2020

March 9, 2019


If there is Donnatellanyone Versace here

then there must also be Karl Lagerfeld

There are no gates to the Campo

Lady Gaga sings you a whole concert broken up into

Separate segments for many of her songs;

and at the end lays a shroud upon you

perhaps she is an angel sent from heaven

Perhaps she is the Holy Mother

Today Stephanie Germanotta is shroudy

with a great chance of breaking out into song

Laghetto spaghetto Gepetto Repetto.. I repeat

Ten Years of Italy, Hundreds of Years of Italy

“Little Italy”.. “what do you mean Little Italy”… “Big Italy”


Parmesan doggy

Parmesan poppys

Parmesan puppies

Farmer johns Poppa John’s paesans parmesan

Lake Como Uomo Homo

Some thought Columbus was going in a straight line but he knew he was going around in a circle and now he is one named Columbus

Walking with a friend in a dream and  arriving a celebrity party and only I want to go in.. it is some of the cast of One Day at a Time, Un Giorno alla Volta, including the late Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Flirtinelli waiting for Eddie Van Halen is he departed no he is alive but will not be arriving and soon your car is overheating and you feeling great thirst.. so you will not be attending the opening of posters including works by Damian Hirst…

Zibettto Gepetto Olive and pimento Dr. Demento Naples and Sorrento Trento Spaghetto pronto prego presto

Valentino Rosey

Everyrhing is coming up Rossif1d61062e32be64cbcfc73ff9ff6d9ef.jpg

Broccoli Rabbai with Spicy Sausage

The broccoli Rabbai is serving up mussels- Ravioli Cinese Villa Borghese Martin Scorcese Turinese Tony Luchese I drive you crazy

DeNiro Ground Zero

Renzo Paesano

Manzoni, rice-a-roni, a can of Manzoni, canzoni

canali cannotouriszazone Canaletto cantalupo e prosciutto

Manzoni Ronzoni Canzoni Frazione Santina Cantina

Romulus and Remus

Serena and Venus

Panzerotti Pavoratti

Dolce comes out of the Gabanna

Mrs. Vantouso drank Ouzo

and thus was a persona non grappa

Matt La Spada Extra Virgin Virgin olive oil

Piazza Lavazza Viale Biennale

You don’t want to be the butt of jokes in the Arsenale


Everything I have ever written has joined the cacophony

of noise my very generous donation to the global collection of utterance

of the Grand Universal Library of blah! blah! blah!

San Dona sandollar Da Corte jester

Italy makes a lot of men

I shot down ciao

Italy makes a lot of menus

Prossimo Fermata Matt La Spata

Ciabatta Chewbaca Possagno Milano

Verazzano Bonnano Pisano shine on you crazy paesan

you got cauhgt in the crossfire of runaway pizza

In Italy they make men out of Earth and fire and water and clay amd mozarella and tomatoes they make menus out of paper and some just get posted free of any ingrediants on the internet

Da Beppo Da Burpo Da Beppi DeBussey The Pussy “Now are you ready for the crack”?


Rice a ruini

Palazzo delle Post-it

Paparazzi Doorman

Diving as the chosen sacrifice in mesh metal Neptunic the aqueous beast comes thrashing into the cage rattling the armored sushi inside

driving along the highway on an interstate such as I-95 and Trans-American trucking company’s monster comes along out of its passing lane and into yours’ on the passenger side obliterating the side-view mirror like a skeet target shot upon

having mostly missed the automobile the tail end swiping appearing as if a steel bridge span then moving off into the distance with the arch in its form with the gradient in the road

In Venice a huge luxury boat pleasure mall afloat directionless after its crew having lost control having come in off the Giudecca Canal from the sea wedging itself in lopsided between the shore or the filled in shore who can be sure as tourists as if cast for a mega-  tweet scamper and evacuate.. and now  this was it just a minute ago Banksy was here in La Serenissima making light of this all

Dolce in The Campagna


Fattoria Dell’Arte

The Peter Paul Reubens sundae

Peach orange cream vanilla

And you used to be able to get the Reuben sandwich down the street at the Carnegie Deli but that closed but it’s open at various casino hotels and sometimes it’s brought back to life as a pop up by the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

fattoria Delle’Arte I made it up and it existed

I hit pay dirt

So it’s off to the Fattorium

Borgia gorgeous

Bolle Ballet Buffet Cesare

Lucrezia Borgia rises into the fresco as if into heaven assumed

in a nightmare of her father Rodrigo

As a gull flies high into becoming part of a mosaic on the upper reaches of San Marco



Milano Palazzo Fresco Tiepolo
Chicken ParmaGianniVersace and the Garlic Broads
Lucrezia, Juan, and Cesare Borgia suffered from a Popiod addiction
Tiepolo through the tulips
The leather God Polo Pluto
the perhaps Venetain by birth explorer Marco Polo

Posterior Delle Arte
I knew some people named Messaline who had changed their name from Mussolini after Mussolini had made a mess
Lamb Jambo Jamboree Louis Vuiton shopping spree Rambo Jambo dunno jumbo Jamboree
Hamas pizza Liza slice of pizza what lies ahead more lies ahead ahead of the next Sliza pizza


Zibetto Gepetto
The Borgias kept going back and Sforza
Liza Mint Jelly
Straight through the heart of latte;
into cappucino

Milano expository
Were the Borgias more gorgeous than the Sforzas?
When Cesare Borgia got entangled with Catarina Sforza,
he was not looking over a Forli Clover

I’ll have of a Madonna of the Rocks

Why should you.never go to an a la ca
Arte with an Italian. Because they are always switching sides

Here comes a passage to pasta
keep your eye on the Balla

Like as if propelled by a scirocco into Broccolino
Micheletto, Gepetto, Zibetto, Laghetto
Savonarola Steve Irolla














The Border Wall Shopping Mall Poem

March 2, 2019

Inspired by among others Ron English

Tic tac taco tic tac tackiness tic tac tamale tic tac time to do your tic tac taxes to pay for tic tac tomorow welcome to the north of the border south of the border chazzerai horder drug importer cocaine snorter ron english ron spanish roger waters meso american worlds longest fence running federal agent gunning shopping mall poem

It was a sexy taco such a sexy taco

Jlo Klo Kahlo Frida immigrants wall done wall not done make sure whats done to a wall is well done filet mignon stun gun when you come undone in a pun which is no fun

This poem is just looking to end in Ill take Speedy Gonzalez to block

And now welcome to the Taco Hellfire Club.. I am going to Hades with Sexy Tacos…

Nothing left Toloache Latrec
Gringo Bingo Gazingo
There is a message behind the massage behind the sombrero

Who do I seat on Mexican Squares ,in the Mexican Squares? Avocado Abagado Silverado El Dorado

This wall is going to take a whole lot of money, a whole lot of Guacamoney

Tacko Fall and hit the floor..

Not Tacko Bell but Tacko at the Buzzer!!!!

Peso much Guacamoney,

A whole lot of guacamoney


The Border Wall Shopping Mall poem is hiring Now!!!

Ron English is spoken here!!!!

Taco Bells are ringing in my head!!!




A massage behind some burro

Well under ordinary circumstances that’s just a kick in the face


The message is that

there is some burro,

in a sombrero pulling a wheel-barrow

Getting a massage behind a bigger sombrero

Green Tijauna Ice Cream

Is this Nacho first visit to this blog post?

is this not your first visit to this poem?


Nacho day?…. Nacho Day?

November 6th is Nachos Day

Aztec corn smut Human Sacrifice Porn

Teresa Margolies Mexican goalies

soccer goalies hockey goalies


goalies mas goalies more goalies

its going to take a whole lot of guacomoney

Sometimes life is one big Queso mark as to why everything iOS so cheesy and
made up of so many Frida kahlories

Did Toros, those tourists





Obscene Retail (in excruciating detail starring Crazy Rich Asians and others)

February 19, 2019

Here it comes obscene retail in obscene mob scene detail
a wannabe wafting wannabe dream drifting through mellifluous floating brick and mortar realms through and back through to a cyber otherworldly shmorgesbord ..

obscene retail starring crazy rich asians, fetishists high on being packed into Moncler, lovers mothers brothers and others

Cannot find Lagerfeld at the beach he is out of reach the kind of guy
to do a private island in Dubai..

On the brutalist bunkers top floor basketball court to test drive soccer boots here all red with price sticker constructs hanging off the sides for goal stinging striker kicks from Latin American teen boy tour groups hitting direct shots at video targets and moving up levels its high time for retro pinball pared down to just the basic bumpers and it takes a while to get hold of the body English to rack up the stacks of points going around on the odometer to only five figures and then…

I am in a fine art gallery to see works by a friend none of which I see though it might be a two person exhibit … I walk into a room where behind it is another room

Where though trying to avoid her I cannot I get called into it by the head gallerist perhaps and probably the owner and I advance and she motions that I only should come forward so far and asking where his works are she says she will show me and brings us to a big tank contraption and I say oh cyrogenic-suspension and she laughs but climbing in it ieads to a zip line elevator where you hang on by the top of a wine glass and fly down through a  multi-story department store past endless rows of empty cosmetic counters and I tell the lady this the best thing I have seen all day .. upon landing  i say you probably do not want to take that all the  time or some people might not want to take that all the time and then suddenly I am in conversation with an African American impresario inventor who is giving me a job in this crazy mall and tells .me the ride I just rode is his invention and just  about everything here is his all of it his work and that if I work for him would I mind having to listen to all he has acheived I say no I do as such all the time and he takes me to where I will be working in an arcade boardwalk indoor fun center individual game area and i see some familiar faces including Dora Espinosa who keeps saying hello Lee while I am trying to complete my interview and Norman Douglas and I say i I know some of  the people who work in this mall we all live nearby in the same area




Take a zip

zip down the zipper

zip down the zippers

Take a zip and then take a sip

Wait in line to zip down the to zip down the line

and then line up to sip sippity dooh dah sippity ey

my oh my what a chianti day

take the zip to the sip and then zip down the zippers

after the sippers have taken enough sip they will zip down the zippers

sipper in down zippers in down

down down down go the the sippers

the sippers in down heavy down down for the count but not down in out

in heavy down down down down well packed into  zip

and at the count of three sip

The line sip wine

the line to zip line


zip into the sip

and slip into the blip

The devil is in here detailing it all in excruciating detail….


The poem has had Kaws for pause as people have gotten their pawa all over their kaws

in Uniqlo’s many stores… not long enough for it to  register in the minds of passengers on



















February 3, 2019

Other Dessert Cities




Green Tijauna Ice Cream

No Chi Minh City


A Removable Feast

January 10, 2019

Naked restaurant to clothes;
though there are some salad dressings

Golden Corralities
they have some nerve building so many palaces- up and down I-95
Knocking down parts-of neighberhoods and squeezing them in
Turning up drivig up the hill hera the burnt out hull the remains charred
The grounds gone to mud
“I am glad you showed that to me”
A father says that to me I am glad they knocked that down. They built too many palaces” .. *why?” The son asks… “I don’t like the way that they treated me the father answers

“Clothes for a Summer Hotel”?

There are no more categories available the money and land for the people only three of a kind Dr. Zachary Smith from “Lost in Space”
It’s all part of a conspiracy to give Tom Brady a proper Christmas

Beaches on the shores of a Danish

Panorama Diorama

January 4, 2019

In the front window of the auction house gallery Street-side facing forward into oncoming traffic both pedestrian and vehicular stood the sculpture,

A sculptural group interlocked that is centered by the body with the circular head atop it standing all upon a stage set-back on a floor whose front line is a diagonal
Standing almost only as if so as the figures in Velasquez’s painting Las Meninas

The panoramic round within the structured space within the four square of the urban grid passed by on the bus once and again
Head on almost head on and then gone
The black metal multiple form object
In the white cube shifted at the bottom of the green grey in memory mostly grey skyscraper; the movie inside the panorama’s interior diorama is what is to be found out now..

I am Lost at sea on a stationary ride in an amusement park

Having chosen a seemingly eternal internal exile administered by another concern entirely; getting to see the inside of a garage externalized out into the field of culture

Its the redimesionalization of the up close and seen over and over and over again

Forget the whole picture this is the picture whole

Flat surfaces give way to boogie boogie points of ultra focus

Sunglasses dropped from atop a double bus absolutely demolished under huge rubber tires moving forward in the shadow of an obelisk
Mountings of cracked painted frames behind the window panes of an international clothing company’s chain storefront window on straightaway along lower Broadway

The rightside up of upside down

Because rightside up is the new upside down —downside up and roundside round pizza by upside on the rightside there is no downside the statue of Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden is on the left-  you think I left something out the zodiac on tne ceiling of Grand Central Terminal is upside down and backwards which is the new rightside up20190521_170310.jpg



Sideways trampolining electric  charriots of cheese and off a dalmation’s  nose up around it on point upside right downside up

Spin action non stop motion turn around raft in the shallow ocean meal service

aqua and specific bliss refreshed turn the corner inside of a terrific wish


Following the movements of the jigsaw puzzle of elapsing time

in the stop action moments of entry

in through the green-roof  surprise

which is the pedestrian plaza above the museum and  leads downward into the ruins which are side by Side with the functioning river fortress wall of the great underbelly of


as the base creation the support for the superstructure of the complex…

as what become the eternal remnants of the baptisms fire breathes the same basement

airs as the stronger barriers of reinforced concrete holding back the water now

and it all then once again becomes the the fall apart cubist design on the side of a bus wrapper an advertisement for Longcamps the cardboard fragmented picture turn around rubiks cube into the  bitstream ocean

focus on facets now
In this self creating poem in this self creating town
At twilight in the sunburst’a fathoming of violetmarune relaxation

The red stars beneath the lips on a minion costume on a play actor in Times Square
The skewed circles on yogurt white blocks in the rectangle expanse overhang in the front window of the sit down or to go Greek eatery — sometimes one cannot tell if it is open or closed

And the tilted head in repose upon the sidewalk stones
upright going vertical – wishing it to be down going horizontal to come around as
it covering the greatest amount of shoreline the surface can expanse
turning heads right round right round
as we head around the head headed back to Central Park south by way of ellipsing Grand Army Plaza


Half-circling the spindle leading back on and off the West Side Highway at its Southern end; whipping around as pigeons scatter














Marshmallow Fudge Judge Judy Don’t Have 5o Cent

November 26, 2018

if Ella Fitzgerald married Darth Vader she would have been Ella Vader

if Nike married Dunkin Donuts it would be Just Donut Do It

if Billie Jean King married King Kong she would be Billie Jean King Kong and he would be King Kong King

if Judge Judy Married Aaron Judge she would be Judge Judy Judge, is that a proper relationship? Who’s to Judge? Judy?

if Representative Marcia Fudge married Aaron Judge not only would she be Fudge Judge and he judge Fudge but Judge would be Fudged and Fudge would be Judged

If 50 Cent married don’t have 50 Cent they would have a quarter each
Or together they would have 50 cent now if they could double that they could buy a piece of 99 Cent Pizza real estate

And if the DJ Marshmellow married the Representative Fudge
She would be Fudge Marshmallow and he would be Marshmallow Fudge
would you rather have a Fudge Marshmallow or some Marshmallow Fudge


it would be “Just Donut Do It!”
if Bruno Mars married Lindsay Lohan
She’d be Lindsay Alohan
If Megan Rapinoe married John McEnroe
She’d be Megan McEnroe or he’d be John Rapinoe