12 February 2013

Body Orthodoxy

Almost exactly a year ago, I participated in a group art event called Body Orthodoxy. It was a collaboration between about a dozen artists all musing on our bodies and how they effect us. I've always meant to share what I contributed for those of you who couldn't make it. Consider this a preview for what's to come at my show in April. That is be a totally different subject matter, but the same sensory elements will be involved.

Heather(Final) from Heather Marie Fink on Vimeo.


My plants are always dying. 

Curling into the fetuses
they were at their beginning.
Crisping into flowers of death.
Decaying buds of matter.
Even them, even my plants,
they’re dying.
Processing slowly into death,
Fading into nothing.
They say everything dies.
And they mean it.

My flowers are always dying.
Moving into a new phase
of their beauty.
Blooming to death.
Blooming into death.
We display them in their dwindling.
Sacrilegiously, we hang them upside down,
gazing at their wrinkled skins.
Admiring their beauty.

My animals are always dying.
Growing too old, too old to climb the stairs.
Being eaten by other animals.
Being eaten by humans.
We thank them for their sacrifice.
The ultimate,
so we can live,
and have dinner parties.

My people are always dying.
Hidden away in the ground.
Burned into ash.
I wonder,
innocent as a child,
why my grandmother’s head
is not stuffed,
hanging in the family room?
Why is she not hung upside down,
to be gazed at in all her decay,
in her blooming death?
Surely that is beautiful too.

What are we afraid of?
My fears are never dying.
They’re always alive in my brain,
and yours are alive too.
That’s the answer to
my child’s question.
Our fears are never dying,
but everything else is.

Showtime change.

There have been some changes to my show, and I need to let you all know!
April 11, 2013
Fremont Abbey Arts Center (lower floor)

More to come!
Love to you all.

16 January 2013

Show's On

The time has come to officially announce my upcoming show!

One night only... Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 5:30 to 10:30 at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center Cafe (Lower Floor.)

I'm still going to keep a lot to myself, including the title, but I will tell you that it's been in the works since the summer, and it features music from some great musicians, and my poetry enhanced with performance art caught on video. Here's a sneak preview of some pics we took at one of my video shoots:

29 November 2012


I'm writing a lot lately about pictures that I get in my mind. Pictures that are a little absurd. I've always liked personification of anything... animals, objects, feelings... Unconsciously, I'll take objects and attach to them entire concepts. Entire worlds. Complex emotional railroads. Lately, I find myself constantly taking notes as I have a realization that I want to give a certain feeling an physical form. For me, taking an uncomfortable feeling, or a sad feeling and turning it into an object makes it easier to understand. Or sometimes, just easier to hold outside of myself and look at, and still feel frustrated and confused. At least it's not behind my eyes inside of my head anymore.

I'm excited about what's coming out of this obsession. Definitely a show in progress. I can't wait to share it with you. 

08 November 2012

A New Time

It hasn't all been done before. I hope.

There will be more regular forays into the virtual world from me on this site, and information on some new endeavors to come. It's time I got my hands dirty.

The future is exciting. I hope you'll watch.

13 October 2011

Leaving, Part 2

Leaving is not the adrenaline rush that I expected. I’ve been waiting for my leaving to fill some holes in myself, and I’ve discovered that it has only caused me to realize the holes more often. What are the holes? I don’t even know. They’re just there, like black holes. Almost an anomaly. But what I do know is that I’m always trying to fill them with things that are unknown.
Like leaving.

Things are always better when they are unknown. The unknown is glamorous. It doesn’t have flaws, it isn’t boring. So, the idea of leaving will always be more enticing than actually leaving. I think leaving can become an addiction. It wouldn’t be that hard for me to get to a place where I always needed the feeling of a fresh start, a new place, that dangerous notion that the next thing will fix all the holes existing from the last. The problem is that if you always leave, you’ll never accomplish anything. Same goes for if you always stay.

Either way, I figured out that I can’t fix my holes by leaving or staying. I think that I need to learn to live with them. No feeling is forever. I’ll always have the holes, but I can learn to let them make me better, and so can you. We can learn not to run from things, to stay when we need to stay, but to finish well when we need to go.

My friend Matt said. “We don’t need a place called home, what we need is to be known.” I think that pursuing being known will come closer to filling the holes than anything else. If there’s one thing that I believe in for sure, it’s that being known is worth it, and not enough people let themselves go there.

01 October 2011


Pass the sweet and low,
sweet pink one,
pass the pink one,
The sweet and low,

Navy blue born and bred.
Naval born,
twenty-three years,
born twenty-three years
before the Navy.
The blue dress suit,
the mirror shined shoes.
The sweet tide,
low tide,
high water glass,
too full and spilling over.
The sweetheart in your
pocket photo.
The stacks of plates.
After forty years,
he still eats
navy blue.
He steers, at 4 knots,
through plates.

Navy born, Navy bred,
only ten minutes,
to eat your navy bread,
and he still knows,
that's the only right way,
for a sailor.

Pass the sweet and low,
Navy heart,
sweet blue,
Navy born and bred.

25 August 2011

Leaving, Part 1

I've been thinking about leaving lately. I know the feeling I get, every time someone close to me walks into the unknown, its long highways fading into nothing specific, like the roads in stock paintings always do. This leaving person feels so far from me because I can no longer see their surroundings with my mind's eye. When they talk about their days, I can no longer envision where they sleep, and where they eat. I know the feeling. I know the feeling of losing. I know the feeling of staying, feeling anchored down to my routine, to my locale. I am sheepish in my normalcy. I am shy and a coward, I seek no adventure in my daily work. I am at the neighborhood bar for happy hour, I am walking home to my bed, to my house I pay to live in.

I know the feeling of being right. I have learned the value there is in staying. The days fly by as on a spinning wheel, and my consolation is that one day I know it will stop, and I will win a leaving prize. I will get to leave, and it will be the right time. In the meantime, we go to Al's and drink Long Island iced tea, and I wake up in the morning to go care about my job.

I've learned the value of monotony. I've learned the treasure of staying. I've slowly become wise by the inch. I've carefully developed the ability to stop and think about something. I've learned to persevere. I've learned to not give up, to not run away. All these things happen the same way your garden grows, you can't actually see the stem moving upwards, but you look at your plants after a week, and you see that they are longer and taller somehow.

I remember when I left home. That first summer between sophomore and junior year of undergraduate. I took my bed from my childhood room, and my parents brought it to me in my ghetto city apartment. That was a free summer, a loose and happy one, a cheap one. A leaving one. I left, never to live with my parents again, and it felt tall and surreal. We lounged in the park in the sun, smoking my first roll-your-own cigarettes with a man we met who lived in the park. He was loud about his homosexual identity. We took him to dinner at Hare Krishna for free, washing our own dishes and drinking chai as dusk grayed the air. I wore loose pants, I smoked, I worked at a bakery, I wandered, I ate too many cupcakes. I had left for the first big time. I knew then, the addicting power of leaving.

But stay. Stay until you should leave. Grow as a garden. Grow as a garden. Grow. Then harvest.

03 August 2011


I was going through some old, unfinished and forgotten scribbles. I found a few gems for you. I'll call this first one:

Hibernation Dream

At the worst time of a
dirty winter,
the stink of things
that once were beautiful
is too much.
And you, and I and
the small dog next door,
we all feel the need to die,
somehow, most of the way,
and be re-awakened to something
fresh, new and sparkling.


In the arms of a nobody.
A clumsy, massless hoard
that I feel strangely attached to.
That I feel at home with.
Climbing up the towers of
yesterdays comforts,

I feel like I'm always
open to new possibilities
and they are just
a little more wrong
than the right that I produced
out of my cerebral cortex.


I was born to paint in
colors of long shadow grey,
stifling the cryptic and
pixilated thoughts
running hot through
my body's top.

Come tonight, and be
partway blind.
The music is an invisibility,
and you're not yourself,
and wouldn't it feel like
a vacation, an escape,
to select one small sin
to perform with adrenaline
and a free heart?

23 March 2011

Here is an interlude from the normal for the most amazing thing I've read today.

"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by God, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes."

— Rosemary Urquico