Earth, Sea, and Sky on a Tuesday

Musings in Spring: Amy Leach

“A tree can be tempted out of its winter dormancy by a few hours of southerly sun—the readiness to believe in spring is stronger than sleep or sanity.”

Art for Spring – Part I of VI: Vano Abuladze (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Fish”

A Poem for Today

“Thaw”
By Michael Lauchian

Plows have piled a whitened range—
faux mountains at the end of our street,
slopes shrinking, glazed, grayed. Fog
rules the day. In woolly air, shapes

stir—slow cars leave a trace
of exhaust, careful walkers share
loud intimacies. My mother’s birth
slides across a calendar. Like

a stranger who jumps off a bus,
crosses tracks and strides toward us,
memory parts the sodden gloom

of our winter, as though, today,
only she can see where she
goes and track where she’s been.

Art for Spring – Part II of VI: Vito Acconci (American, contemporary)

Below – “Stones for a Wall”

Musings in Spring: Mary Butts

“All night the earth and the heavens followed their usual arrangements. Stars passed: an immense tide hung over them. A silent sea raced back with the sun, its wave turn-over small, delicate and comfortless. The most glorious of all stars hung above the sun’s threshold and went out. An hour later the sun governed the earth again, mist-chasing, flower-opening, bird-rousing, ghost-driving, spirit-shepherding back out the various gates of sleep.”

Art for Spring – Part III of VI: Loren D. Adams (American, contemporary)

Below – “Sun Lady”

A Second Poem for Today

“L.A. River”
By Jack Cooper

I like how the mallard ducklings
goofy and weak
waddle up the cement incline
then slide into this runoff
of lawn sprinklers and car washes
and how the great blue heron
seems to be teleported here
from the Jurassic
to look for extinct species of fish
but mostly I like the way
the little birds
fly in and out of the barbed wire
with only a smear of water
to keep them singing.

Art for Spring – Part IV of VI: Wayman Adams (American, 1883-1959)

Below – “Life in Los Angeles” (1916)

Musings in Spring: Jessic Stern

“My breath would catch at the sight of violets-so common in the woods at home, so surprising in the mountains. The violet’s message was ‘Keep up your courage, stay true to what you believe in’.”

Art for Spring – Part V of VI: David Adickes (American, contemporary)

Below – “Suzanne”

Musings in Spring: Paul Bogard

“When I lie back and close my eyes, this farthest lip of beach right next to the end of the ocean feels like being up close to an enormous breathing being, the bass drum surf thump reverberating through the sand. Living out here with no lights, alone, you would indeed become sensitive to seasons, rhythms, weather, sounds- right up next to the sea, right up under the sky, like lying close to a lover’s skin to hear blood and breath and heartbeat.”

Art for Spring – Part VI of VI: Otto Aguiar (Brazilian, contemporary)

Below – “Splendor”

A Third Poem for Today

By Gary Whited

“My Blue Shirt”

hangs in the closet
of this small room, collar open,
sleeves empty, tail wrinkled.
Nothing fills the shirt but air
and my faint scent. It waits,
all seven buttons undone,
button holes slack,
the soft fabric with its square white pattern,
all of it waiting for a body.
It would take any body, though it knows,
in its shirt way of knowing, only mine
has my shape in its wrinkles,
my bend in the elbows.
Outside this room birds hunt for food,
young leaves drink in morning sunlight,
people pass on their way to breakfast.
Yet here, in this closet,
the blue shirt needs nothing,
expects nothing, knows only its shirt knowledge,
that I am now learning—how to be private and patient,
how to be unbuttoned,
how to carry the scent of what has worn me,
and to know myself by the wrinkles.

Contemporary American Art – Milt Kobayashi

In the words of one writer, “Milt Kobayashi is a sophisticated painter who demonstrates a consummate mastery of design and and unsentimental curiosity about people. The fertile cross-currents of two great cultures have nurtured his art to a harmonious resolve of Western technique with Oriental color, pattern and spatial composition.”

Below – “A Glass of Wine and a Cat”; “Antique Vase”; “Blue and Gold”; “Evening Tones”; “The Patterned Clutch”; “Twilight Cafe.”

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