Monthly Archives: April 2015

Welcoming May 2015

Welcoming May Below – The China Rose (Rosa chinensis), the flower symbol of May. Greeting May – Origins In the words of one historian, “The month May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman … Continue reading

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American Muse: Hart Crane

From “The Bridge: To Brooklyn Bridge” How many dawns, chill from his rippling rest The seagull’s wings shall dip and pivot him, Shedding white rings of tumult, building high Over the chained bay waters Liberty— Then, with inviolate curve, forsake … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of V: Kayleen Ylitalo-Horsma Artist Statement: “I paint simple strokes. Strokes that mature into figures that are emphasized by the intentions of chiaroscuro. Using the contrast of light and shadow to highlight the essence of … Continue reading

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American Muse: Alfred Corn

“The Wall” I try and try not to think about the Wall. Its profile, massive height and roughcut stonework All stir up fear, gloom, exaltation, pride, And numbness, in a jumble hard to name. No one knows who had it … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of VI: Lorado Taft Born 29 April 1860 – Lorado Taft, an American sculptor. Below – “The Solitude of the Soul” (Chicago); “Black Hawk” (Oregon, Illinois); “ Fountain of the Great Lakes” (Chicago); “Thatcher Memorial … Continue reading

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American Muse: William Stafford

“Little Rooms” I rock high in the oak – secure, big branches – at home while darkness comes. It gets lonely up here as lights needle forth below, through airy space. Tinkling dishwashing noises drift up, and a faint smooth … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of III: Charles Bibbs Painter Charles Bibbs is one of the top-selling artists in the United States. His company, B Graphics and Fine Arts, Inc., is one of the leaders in the African-American art print … Continue reading

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American Muse: William Stafford

“Looking for Gold” A flavor like wild honey begins when you cross the river. On a sandbar sunlight stretches out its limbs, or is it a sycamore, so brazen, so clean and so bold? You forget about gold. You stare—and … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of IV: Fealing Lin Here is one critic describing the background and artistry of Fealing Lin: “Award-winning watercolorist Fealing Lin of San Marino, California was born in Taiwan and began her journey into artistic expression … Continue reading

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American Muse: William Stafford

“A Message from the Wanderer” Today outside your prison I stand and rattle my walking stick: Prisoners, listen; you have relatives outside. And there are thousands of ways to escape. Years ago I bent my skill to keep my cell … Continue reading

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