Musings in Spring: William Butler Yeats
“I think all happiness depends on the energy to assume the mask of some other life, on a re-birth as something not one’s self.”
Art for Spring – Part I of V: Andrew Annenberg (American, contemporary)
Below – “Venus Triumphant” (2001)
A Poem for Today
“One Thursday Afternoon: Magdalena, Sonora, 1939”
By Alberto Rios
Baltazár went to the market and came home with a parrot.
Thursdays in this town were always just so:
What should have been four big potatoes and some white cheese
Came home in a cage filled with green feathers and two wings.
The mathematics of exchange in this world, the stomach or the heart—
Which of these, how much of one for the other,
Friday would have to sort out. On a Thursday afternoon
The world sang, a full dinner this way coming through the air.
Art for Spring – Part II of V: Robin Antar (American, contemporary)
Below – “Untying the Knot” (onyx, 2009)
Musings in Spring: Anais Nin
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Below – Sarah V: “Painting #5”
Art for Spring – Part III of V: Phillip Anthony (American, contemporary)
Below – “Reflecting on Hilton Head”
A Second Poem for Today
“Ray at 14”
By Dorianne Laux
Bless this boy, born with the strong face
of my older brother, the one I loved most,
who jumped with me from the roof
of the playhouse, my hand in his hand.
On Friday nights we watched Twilight Zone
and he let me hold the bowl of popcorn,
a blanket draped over our shoulders,
saying, Don’t be afraid. I was never afraid
when I was with my big brother
who let me touch the baseball-size muscles
living in his arms, who carried me on his back
through the lonely neighborhood,
held tight to the fender of my bike
until I made him let go.
The year he was fourteen
he looked just like Ray, and when he died
at twenty-two on a roadside in Germany
I thought he was gone forever.
But Ray runs into the kitchen: dirty T-shirt,
torn jeans, pushes back his sleeve.
He says, Feel my muscle, and I do.
Art for Spring – Part IV of V: Piotr Antonow (Polish, contemporary)
Below – “A Night Before Breakup” (2010)
Musings in Spring: Mary Oliver
“The stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own.”
Art for Spring – Part V of V: Chiho Aoshima (Japanese, contemporary)
Below – “Japanese Apricot 3” (2008)
A Third Poem for Today
“Mother Talks Back to the Monster”
By Carrie Shippers
Tonight, I dressed my son in astronaut pajamas,
kissed his forehead and tucked him in.
I turned on his night-light and looked for you
in the closet and under the bed. I told him
you were nowhere to be found, but I could smell
your breath, your musty fur. I remember
all your tricks: the jagged shadows on the wall,
click of your claws, the hand that hovered
just above my ankles if I left them exposed.
Since I became a parent I see danger everywhere—
unleashed dogs, sudden fevers, cereal
two days out of date. And even worse
than feeling so much fear is keeping it inside,
trying not to let my love become so tangled
with anxiety my son thinks they’re the same.
When he says he’s seen your tail or heard
your heavy step, I insist that you aren’t real.
Soon he’ll feel too old to tell me his bad dreams.
If you get lonely after he’s asleep, you can
always come downstairs. I’ll be sitting
at the kitchen table with the dishes
I should wash, crumbs I should wipe up.
We can drink hot tea and talk about
the future, how hard it is to be outgrown.
Contemporary Spanish Art – Andrew Anoro
In the words of one writer, “The work of Spanish Artist Manel Anoro, while reminiscent of French Fauvism, also originates from a genuine Catalan tradition that stems from a passion for personal interpretation of beauty itself. The passion for the brilliance of color that Anoro develops in his work results in an amazing tour de force which draws our eye to the edge of a precipice. The colors of Manuel Anoros’ artwork are exciting and stimulating and produce sensual and intellectual art. It is through this use of color that Anoro reveals another reality – one of Anoros’ own imagination.”
Below – “Bodegon En Rojo”; “Winery #1”; “Table”; “Costa De Mallorca”; “Carmen”; “Dona”; “Dona Ajeguda.”
Musings in Spring: Gary Paulsen
“I spent uncounted hours sitting at the bow looking at the water and the sky, studying each wave, different from the last, seeing how it caught the light, the air, the wind; watching patterns, the sweep of it all, and letting it take me. The sea.”
Contemporary American Art – Larry Young
In the words of one writer, “‘World class’ is a very special designation, whether in competitive Olympics or in the difficult art of sculpture. Larry Young has earned ‘world class’ in both fields. Medals in two Olympics attest to Young’s remarkable achievements in athletics while his high quality bronze and marble sculptures testify to his growing preeminence in the art world. Young’s sculptures have progressed to the point that his distinct and intriguing style is identifiable even as it evolves. There resides in his work a peculiarly pleasing ambiguity. His pieces are as abstract as tomorrow, yet his concepts are figurative, and the compositions consciously classic. Young’s images are powerfully conceived. He often achieves repose and tension simultaneously within a piece by juxtaposing surprising relationships between figure and space, form and concept. The figurative elements spring from the larger abstract form which creates the distinguishing unity for the sculpture. The sculptural style is eloquent. The remarkable beauty of detail, finish and patina on the bronze pieces are consistently impressive. Young’s mastery of the difficult techniques in achieving extraordinarily beautiful patinas is exceeded only by his unerring sense of fitness when selecting the ideal color and texture for each piece…His bronzes could also be considered the three-dimensional equivalents to the symphonic in music. Highly self-critical, Young exacts the closest possible control of all stages of the physical production of his work. This accounts for the unvarying high quality of each object. It has been suggested that the first and the last act which one should consider when confronting a work of art should be ‘to behold.’ The ‘beholding’ of Larry Young’s sculpture evokes an awareness of continually strong, and fresh, frequently lyrical life forms and feelings achieved through technical finesse and exquisite aesthetic panache.”
Below – “Reclining Figure” (bronze); “Birds of a Feather” (bronze); “Changing Woman” (bronze); “Venus” (bronze); “Introspection” (bronze); “Gymnast” (bronze).