Monthly Archives: September 2014

Welcoming October With Poetry, Praise, Music, and Art

Below – Walden Pond in October Welcoming October with Praise: Thomas Wolfe “Then summer fades and passes, and October comes. Will smell smoke then, and feel an unsuspected sharpness, a thrill of nervous, swift elation, a sense of sadness and … Continue reading

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American Muse: Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Wild Swans” I looked in my heart while the wild swans went over. And what did I see I had not seen before? Only a question less or a question more; Nothing to match the flight of wild birds flying. … Continue reading

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September Offerings – Part XXX: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of II: Jeanne Duval Painter Jeanne Duval (born 1956) earned a BFA from the University of New Hampshire in Durham and an MFA from Brooklyn College. 30 September 1627 – According to Daniel Defoe, Robinson … Continue reading

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American Muse: Jessica Greenbaum

“For a Traveler” I only have a moment so let me tell you the shortest story, about arriving at a long loved place, the house of friends in Maine, their lawn of wildflowers, their grandfather clock and candid portraits, their … Continue reading

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September Offerings – Part XXIX: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Jay Davenport According to one critic, “Jay Davenport (born 1972) has always been interested in and excited by fine art, especially, animals and wildlife. With an encouraging push from his grandfather, he began … Continue reading

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American Muse: Ted Kooser

“Flying at Night” Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations. Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies like a snowflake falling on water. Below us, some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death, snaps on his yard light, drawing his … Continue reading

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September Offerings – Part XXVIII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Cary Weigand Artist statement: “Let me touch the earth and paint it with color and I will show you who I am.” In the words of one critic, “Cary Weigand, born and raised … Continue reading

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American Muse: Louise Gluck

“The Wild Iris” At the end of my suffering there was a door. Hear me out: that which you call death I remember. Overhead, noises, branches of the pine shifting. Then nothing. The weak sun flickered over the dry surface. … Continue reading

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September Offerings – Part XXVII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Stacy Brown In the words of one critic, “Santa Fe artist Stacy Brown presents a group of work that leaves giddiness in its wake. The works in oil and in drypoint, are mostly … Continue reading

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American Muse: Paul Zimmer

“Dog Music” Amongst dogs are listeners and singers. My big dog sang with me so purely, puckering her ruffled lips into an O, beginning with small, swallowing sounds like Coltrane musing, then rising to power and resonance, gulping air to … Continue reading

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