Monthly Archives: October 2014

American Muse: Edgar Allan Poe

“The Raven” Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping … Continue reading

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Celebrating Halloween

Halloween: My Favorite Day of the Year! A Tribute to Halloween: Jenny Colgan “Halloween is an ancient druidic holiday, one the Celtic peoples have celebrated for millennia. It is the crack between the last golden rays of summer and the … Continue reading

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American Muse: Edgar Allan Poe

“A Dream Within a Dream” Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow — You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of III: Joan Mitchell “My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields…it’s more like a poem…and that’s what I want to paint.” – Joan Mitchell, American painter, printmaker, and important member … Continue reading

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American Muse: Walt Whitman

“A Noiseless Patient Spider” A noiseless patient spider, I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated, Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of V: Dirk Bach In the words of one writer, “Dirk Bach is an artist-scholar. His story-filled art has ranged from calligraphic abstractions, to cultural iconography, to brilliantly colored still lives, to personal visions cast … Continue reading

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American Muse: Wendell Berry

“Window Poem 12” The country where he lives is haunted by the ghost of an old forest. In the cleared fields where he gardens And pastures his horses it stood once and will return. There will be a resurrection of … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of IV: Nicholas Oberling In the words of one critic, “Nicholas Oberling’s work has been exhibited at the C. M. Russell Museum and is in the permanent collection of the Hockaday Museum of Art. He … Continue reading

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American Muse: Allen Ginsberg

“Sunflower Sutra” I walked on the banks of the tincan banana dock and sat down under the huge shade of a Southern Pacific locomotive to look at the sunset over the box house hills and cry. Jack Kerouac sat beside … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of IV: Lee Krasner Born 27 October 1908 – Lee Krasner, an influential American abstract expressionist painter and the wife of artist Jackson Pollock. Below – “Still Life”; “Seated Nude”; Untitled (2); “Mosaic Collage”; Untitled … Continue reading

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