Monthly Archives: July 2015

American Muse: Daniel Halpern

“Careless Perfection” According to Lin Yutang, both Po Chuyi and Su Tungpo “desperately admired” Tao Yuanming, a poet of nature who wrote a single love poem, a poem thought by Chinese dilettantes to be the one “blemish in a white … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of IV: Margaret Speer Artist Statement: “I was born in Arkansas and still live there, but I have moved around and traveled quite a lot: Colorado, New Mexico, the Caribbean, France, Greece. When I traveled … Continue reading

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American Muse: William Stafford

“For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid” There is a country to cross you will find in the corner of your eye, in the quick slip of your foot–air far down, a snap that might have caught. And maybe for … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of V: Theodore Lukits Theodore Lukits (1897-1952) was a California portrait and landscape painter. He is best known for his Asian-inspired works, his figures drawn from Hispanic California, and his pastel landscapes. Below – “Meditation”; … Continue reading

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American Muse: John Berryman

“Dream Song 14” Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so. After all, the sky flashes, the great sea yearns, we ourselves flash and yearn, and moreover my mother told me as a boy (repeatingly) ‘Ever to confess you’re … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of VI: Jim Zwadlo Artist Statement: “I paint the urban pedestrian from the aerial point of view. As a discipline, painting manifests the aura of tradition, and presents a space for its renewal. I see … Continue reading

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American Muse: Kenneth Fearing

“Love 20 cents the First Quarter Mile” All right. I may have lied to you and about you, and made a 
 few pronouncements a bit too sweeping, perhaps, and 
 possibly forgotten to tag the bases here or there,
 … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of III: Vinnie Ream 28 July 1886 – At the age of 18, American sculptor Lavinia Ellen “Vinnie” Ream becomes the first female artist to receive a commission from the United States government. She was … Continue reading

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American Muse: Richard Wilbur

“Praise In Summer” Obscurely yet most surely called to praise, As sometimes summer calls us all, I said The hills are heavens full of branching ways Where star-nosed moles fly overhead the dead; I said the trees are mines in … Continue reading

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

American Art – Part I of V: Amy Abshier-Reyes Artist Statement: “I was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast, in a small farming and ranching community. I moved to Kansas City, Missouri to attend classes at the Kansas City Art … Continue reading

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