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Metal Sculpture from 1958




DURING THE SUMMER OF 1958 I learned how to weld metal and, in my youthful enthusiasm, working in Zaminski's automobile repair shop in Pringle, PA, I completed twelve pieces of sculpture in three months. Of these only three remain. The one pictured above, Apogee, which had been at parent's house until they died, I have moved to my garden in Ithaca. There is a piece in the collection of the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA, seen below, and another in a private collection. The other nine have been destroyed.

SP


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LITERARY INSPIRATION: Meet Stephen Poleskie

An article from the ITHACA JOURNAL, 10/​10/​2007
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Where is your favorite place to write?

In my studio at home.

Has Ithaca influenced your writing in any way?

Yes,by knowing and being able to associate with all the fine writers who live in this town. And it was in Ithaca that I met my wife, the author Jeanne Mackin.

When do you get most of your writing done?

In the evening, when all my other work is finished. Writing for me is a recreation. If no one wants to read what I have written at least I have had the joy of doing it. I have written 103 short stories, and published eight, and six novels and published one.

Name two books that have inspired your writing?

“The Street of the Crocodiles” by Bruno Schulz, and “Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass” by Bruno Schulz

Who is your favorite author?

Bruno Schulz

What's your favorite font?

Helvetica

What do you want readers to take away from your work?

A sense of understanding about what I have written, and how it relates to their own lives.

What do you love most about being an author?

I am not adding to the large inventory of stuff I already have stored in the attic, garage, and barn left over from the years when I was a visual artist.

What are you working on now?

I have just finished a novel about deceit and corruption in the American political process. I call it "The Third Candidate."

If you could have dinner with any three fictional characters, which would you choose?

Mrs. Marple, Sir Lancelot, and Rip van Winkle.

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QUESTION

Submitted by: Helen P, Annapolis, MD

Q: Do you just photograph still lifes?

SP: No. I photograph all kinds of subjects when I find the light touching something in an interesting way. These are things mostly around the house, in the back room, corners, etc. What I don't photograph right now are landscapes and people.

Q: Why no landscapes or people?

SP: Well I used to paint landscapes and people and may go back to these things in the future. What galleries seem to want to exhibit these days are my still lifes, mainly the ones with floral arrangements. So people rarely get to see the photos that do not have flowers. In answer to your question I have posted few a examples of my other subjects below. As you can see I deal a lot with simple things, things that one might nor see as beautiful at first glance.

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Dear Steve, I am a dancer/choreographer/researcher that shares your passion for flight. My question is what are the reasons for aerial theatre with contemporary art/dance/world?


Hi Steve,
My mom is your cousin Barbara Poleski Hook. She asked me to look you up on Facebook. I found your website instead. I enjoyed reading it. Take care.
Debbie Hook Collins

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Steve: I saw your comment on my blog. I remember you and your "Pitts of many colors" well. I especially remember a contest in Sudbury, Ontario. A movie was made of it with a clip of you and your Pitts in it. Please contact me at jay dot hunt at sympatico dot ca.

Cheers my friend.

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Just an old pilot in San Antonio that wanted to say hi. I enjoyed looking at your website and seeing the picture of your Pitts. We did spend a few hours getting that done. Stay well my friend. Harry harrypierce111@aol.com

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Hello Steve, i was a student of yours in serigraphy and a painting student of Brice Marden at Cornell in the summer of 1969 - i went on to receive a BFA at Tyler School of Art (Italo Scanga - my mentor) and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago - with many many other wonderful life/Art experiences in between - and for the last 28 years or so, my wife and i have had a contemporary art gallery in Philadelphia, PA: Larry Becker Contemporary Art (on the web @ www.artnet.com/LBECKER.html)
found your website and just wanted to be in touch and to THANK YOU for my experience at Cornell back in 1969 (the Apollo Lunar Landing happened while i was there...) best regards, Larry Becker

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Hi I have been given your details via a friend of yours on Book Blogs who thinks we may be able to help. We have just recently posted 'Authors who welcome UK Book Reviewers' and he thinks this might be of interest to you. If you are ok to post to the UK and would like us to review your book you can contact us at beckvalleybooks at aol dot com our blog is http://www.beckvalleybooks.blogspot.com and our website is http://www.beckvalleybooks.co.uk

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I'm the grandson of Lucy Beneski, and I believe we are related. Lucy is doing well. I am helping her clean-out her home, and we have stumbled across several newspaper articles from the 60's ,70's, and 80's discussing your exhibits. It is very cool to continue to learn about the family. I hope you are well.

Brad Beneski
Austin, Tx

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I applaud Steve Poleskie for being such an awesome writer. I just read "Fragile Things" , and shed a few tears when it was over. Steve's sensitivity when writing about animals shows that he is in their corner. Steve's writing is poetic, lyrical, and heart felt. I always marvel at his take on life and death. It is raw and innocent, and always provocative. " Good work, Steve ! " If you ever do get together for your hypothetical dinner with Mrs. Marple, Sir Lancelot, and Rip van Winkle, I'm sure that it would be a remarkable occasion and conversation !!! Bon Appetite, AND PLEASE WRITE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE With THEM !!! " RESPECTFULLY, SASHA THURMOND

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Finished Acorn's Card in a day, told you I would... I loved it! First time at your website, I am totally overwhelmed at everything you've done in your life so far. What an amazing man!
Carol the Gardener

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Hi Steve - it was a pleasure meeting you Sunday. Thank you for your advice. My web site is leighpawling.com - I'm enjoying looking at yours.
Take care,
Leigh

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Hi Steve,
I was a student of yours as a freshman in 1983-84. I remember how you put on a French accent for the first class. I also still have the print you gave me. I framed it. It was called "Red Roar". Do you remember that one? Anyway, I am working professionally as an artist now and hope to be as prolific and successful as yourself. Thank you for your knowledge and inspiration.

Jay Pendexter jayzart.com

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I read the White Painting story and more then anything I found myself wishing that the fictional white painting existed, and that I would have the privilege of seeing it for myself. So I suppose I did believe parts of it, even though after reading it I noticed that underneath one of the accompanying photographs there was a caption that stated the story was made up. The last eerie line of that story is still in my mind...

~ Amy (from the SOAG gallery)

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Steve this is Michael Chernoff again...having trouble finding you email adress. Wanted to ask for a list of books you have written. Really enjoyed the ¨LooT Bag¨ reading. Let me know at mac22@alfred.edu

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Hey Steve I once again will claim how much I enjoyed your lecture today. I'll keep the obituaries from the NY Times in mind. For the record the guy in the room with the tie was named Michael Chernoff. You can visit my website if you have time at http://michaelimageslide.weebly.com/

Thanks for all the useful information

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Hello Steve, I was one of your printmaking students at Cornell, getting my BFA in 1978. I'm a graphic designer now and wish that I had taken my art more seriously back then. It's wonderful to see all the things you've been doing over the years. Sharon Palatnik Simoncini

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Steve, I am an artist and aviatrix who just started flying aerobatics. I show my work at Patricia Carega's gallery in Sanwich NH and she told me about you. I live in Alfred NY and fly out of Hornell (4G6) and would love to meet you. I teach at Alfred University (painting). If you email me I can send you images of my paintings which are all about flying aerobatics.

Hope to hear from you!

Thanks, Lise Lemeland Lemelandl@alfred.edu

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Exciting material about the art world, the literary world, and the people in those worlds.
Thaddeus Rutkowski

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I like your web site very much!
-- Susie from Idaho

Selected Works

Essays
A personal essay about his work that Poleskie wrote for an interview in a 2012 issue of Editions Bibliotekos
An essay that appeared in several journals and anthologies during the 1980s, including: Leonardo in the USA, Dars in Italy, and Himmelsschreiber in Germany
Novels
When his father dies, fading rock star John Foozler returns home, with his wife and son, to take care of his mother and run the family golf driving range. After a few months John’s mother dies, followed shortly by his wife. When his son leaves to join the Marine Corps, and with nothing to keep him in Eastlake, except a few now married old girlfriends, John decides to leave town and follow a dream his father had for him of becoming a professional golfer.
A National Guard corporal returned from deployment in the Middle East and suffering from undiagnosed PTSD descides to murder a man who he believe raped his wife thirteen years ago, and may be the father of his daughter.
A well-known American stunt pilot, and university professor, meets a strange old man named Caliban who tells him the story of his twin brother who as a young boy flew with Charles Lindbergh as his secret copilot on his famous solo trans-Atlantic flight.
Thaddeus Sobieski Coulincourt Lowe (1823−1913) was called by Carl Sandburg "the most shot-at man of the Civil War."
An unemployed actor answers an ad for a rent-free apartment and finds himself involved in a bizarre scheme to rig an election.
Novella and Stories
An AWOL soldier returns to the world after thirty-three years of hiding in his mother’s attic. An immigrant plumber bribes a policeman with a loaf of bread. And a plastic garbage bag flies around the sky looking for a new beginning, in these three out of the ordinary tales of living in America.
Selected Short Stories
A short story that appeared in the collection Acorn's Card, and on the blog Writing the Polish Diaspora
A short story that appeared in the collection Acorn's Card, 2011 and on Goodreads
A short story that appeared in the anthology The Book of Love, published by W. W. Norton, 1998 and in the collection Grater Life, 2009
A short story published in a shorter version in the 1995-6 issue of the magazine American Writing
A story published in the Spring 1996 issue of the west coast magazine Pangolin Papers and also in the collection Grater Life, 2009
This story appeared in the Spring 2009 print issue of SN Review
This story appeared in Essays & Fictions, Summer 2010, and in Fiction Daily
A short story that appeared in SATIRE magazine in 1997 under the title TGV
A story that appeared in Imago, the Australian literary magazine in October, 2001
A short story published in the Sulphur River Literary Review, Austin, TX
A short story in the Print Annual of Many Mountains Moving, a Literary Journal, 2008-9, nominated for a Pushcart Prize
A short story published in WordWrights!, a literary magazine from Washington, D. C. under the title For Eisenstaedt Spontaneously
Novel in Stories
A collection of short stories, interwoven into a dialog between a volunteer hospital visitor and a patient afflicted with AIDS.

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