September Offerings – Part I: Something to Delight Both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of II: David Kassan

David Kassan earned a B.F.A. from the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts in 1000.

Below – “Two Survivors of the Holocaust: Roslyn and Bella”; “Jace”; “Audrey”; “Elsa Ross, Hidden Child”; “Letter to my mom.”
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Reflections in Summer: Alexander Theroux

“September: it was the most beautiful of words, he’d always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret.”

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A Poem for Today

“The Cormorants”
By Jan Schreiber

Black and sleek as steely-eyed
deacons, ascetic and aloof,
the cormorants
disdain the jostling waves, riding
peaks and troughs, placid as flatirons.
One suddenly
upends and disappears a full
minute or more, some fifty yards
away emerging.
Preying and gorging, they float fastidious,
always unruffled, unperturbed
by appetite.

Though half-submerged they do aspire.
Persuaded finally into flight
they gather speed
and skip tiptoe on wave tips like
flat stones flung side-arm from the shore,
wings flailing.
Full bellies when they would be light
belie the anorexic pose,
rob them of grace.
With difficulty they enter heaven,
rise and take dominion, running
unopposed.

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Reflections in Summer: Ruth Cardello

“No real adventure ever started by waiting patiently by a doorstep.”
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From the Music Archives – James Taylor: “September Grass”

Reflections in Summer: Emily Dickinson

“September’s Baccalaureate
A combination is Of Crickets — Crows — and Retrospects
And a dissembling Breeze
That hints without assuming —
An Innuendo sear
That makes the Heart put up its Fun
And turn Philosopher.”
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September Art: Arthur Lismer

Below- Arthur Lismer: “A Late September Gale, Georgian Bay”
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Reflections in Summer: Theodore Roosevelt

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
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A Second Poem for Today

“At Millay’s Grave”
By Samuel Menashe

Your ashes
In an urn
Buried here
Make me burn
For dear life
My candle
At one end—
Night outlasts
Wick and wax
Foe and friend
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Reflections in Summer: Robert Finch

“But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness. The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head … The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.”

Below – Gregg Caudell: “Man in His Garden”
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Back from the Territory – Art: Louie Makkituq

Louie Makkituq is an Inuit sculptor.

Back from the Territory, I share this with you, before I light out again.

Below – “Loon”
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Reflections in Summer: Henry David Thoreau

“Happily we bask in this warm September sun,
Which illuminates all creatures…”

Below – George Dunlop Leslie: “September Sunshine”
(c) Lady Lever Art Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

American Art – Part II of II: Todd Kenyon

Todd Kenyon is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Below – “Laguna Rock”; “Hampton Surf Study”; “Ocean Series 2”; “Five Seconds”; “East Hampton Morning.”
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