Monthly Archives: March 2015

Welcoming April 2015

Welcoming April Below – Christopher Marson: “Rain Was Forecast” Greeting April – Origins In the words of one historian, “The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis, but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is … Continue reading

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American Muse: Lawson Fusao Inada

“Healing Gila” ‘for The People’ The people don’t mention it much. It goes without saying, it stays without saying— that concentration camp on their reservation. And they avoid that massive site as they avoid contamination— that massive void punctuated by … Continue reading

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March Offerings – Part XXXI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: John LaFarge “The past, though it cannot be relived, can always be repaired.” – John LaFarge, American painter, muralist, stained glass window maker, and writer, who was born 31 March 1835. Below – … Continue reading

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American Muse: Joyce Peseroff

“Museum of Childhood” Dad didn’t play the ponies or manic games at night; Mom was addicted only to her soaps. Sisters at war never swore. Silence was genius of an era, nothing personal. Our hidden grief shadowed the Fifties’ sunshine … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of III: Alex Gnidziejko Here is one critic describing the artistry of painter Alex Gnidziejko: “In the style of heightened realism, Alex Gnidziejko’s paintings are reminiscent of the Dutch masters of the 16th and 17th … Continue reading

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American Muse: Michael Metivier

“The Wine” When the townspeople gave the teenaged Buddha a glass of wine so delicious he grew to an unthinkable size and froze into a blue statue that shielded the town from a wave that broke upon his back and … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of II: William Bailey Here is how one critic describes the artistry of American painter William Bailey, who is Professor of Art Emeritus at Yale University: “Bailey is best known for his paintings of singular … Continue reading

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American Muse: Louis Simpson

“Walt Whitman at Bear Mountain” . . . life which does not give the preference to any other life, of any previous period, which therefore prefers its own existence . . . Ortega y Gasset Neither on horseback nor seated, … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of III: Sanford Robinson Gifford Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823-1880) was a landscape painter and one of the leading members of the Hudson River School. Below – “Lake Scene”; “A Gorge in The Mountains”; “October in … Continue reading

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American Muse: Adrienne Rich

American Muse: Adrienne Rich “Poetry is the liquid voice that can wear through stone.” – Adrienne Rich “At Willard Brook” Spirit like water 
moulded by unseen stone
 and sandbar, pleats and funnels 
according to its own 
submerged necessity — 
to … Continue reading

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