Monthly Archives: May 2015

Welcoming June 2015

Welcoming June Below – Laurel Waters: “Summer Solstice from the Brick House” Greeting June: Origins In the words of one historian, “The Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name in the Fasti, a poem … Continue reading

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American Muse: Jimmy Santiago Baca

“As Children Know” Elm branches radiate green heat, blackbirds stiffly strut across fields. Beneath bedroom wood floor, I feel earth— bread in an oven that slowly swells, simmering my Navajo blanket thread-crust as white-feathered and corn-tasseled Corn Dancers rise in … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of VII: Trent Gudmundsen In describing the work of painter Trent Gudmundsen, one critic has stated that “Gudmundsen’s depictions of people and landscapes may seem steeped in nostalgia, but actually symbolically reflect the artist’s own … Continue reading

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American Muse: Allen Ginsberg

“Haiku” Drinking my tea Without sugar- No difference. My mother’s ghost: the first thing I found in the living room. Another year has past-the world is no different. I quit shaving but the eyes that glanced at me remained in … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of III: Kim Roberti Artist Statement: “I love painting…it’s my life! I love the endless series of tasks exploring the abstract elements of lines, shapes, values, colors, textures, and edges!” “There is no sin but … Continue reading

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American Muse: Wallace Stevens

“Anecdote of the Jar” I placed a jar in Tennessee, And round it was, upon a hill. It made the slovenly wilderness Surround that hill. The wilderness rose up to it, And sprawled around, no longer wild. The jar was … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of III: Anthony Ackrill In the words of one critic, ”Anthony Ackrill is the only painter I know who combines an amazing ability when it comes to traditional technical skills with a very modern sense … Continue reading

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American Muse: Aram Saroyan

“Film Noir” He was too excited to fall asleep. The little dog wouldn’t stop barking. He took out his gun. He took out his handkerchief. He took out his notebook. He drank his coffee and left a dime. He walked … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of VIII: Lianna Bennett Welsh-born American painter Lianna Bennett (born 1948, immigrated with her family to California in 1954) lives and works in the Puget Sound area. The paintings of Armenian artist Meruzhan Khachatryan (born … Continue reading

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American Muse: Herman Melville

“Gold in the Mountain” Gold in the mountain, And gold in the glen, And greed in the heart, Heaven having no part, And unsatisfied men.

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