Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 12 April 1952 – Gary Soto, an American poet, novelist, and memoirist.
“Saturday at the Canal”
by Gary Soto
I was hoping to be happy by seventeen.
School was a sharp check mark in the roll book,
An obnoxious tuba playing at noon because our team
Was going to win at night. The teachers were
Too close to dying to understand. The hallways
Stank of poor grades and unwashed hair. Thus,
A friend and I sat watching the water on Saturday,
Neither of us talking much, just warming ourselves
By hurling large rocks at the dusty ground
And feeling awful because San Francisco was a postcard
On a bedroom wall. We wanted to go there,
Hitchhike under the last migrating birds
And be with people who knew more than three chords
On a guitar. We didn’t drink or smoke,
But our hair was shoulder length, wild when
The wind picked up and the shadows of
This loneliness gripped loose dirt. By bus or car,
By the sway of train over a long bridge,
We wanted to get out. The years froze
As we sat on the bank. Our eyes followed the water,
White-tipped but dark underneath, racing out of town.
Art for Spring: Carolyn Wyeth (American, 1909-1994)
Below – “Up From the Woods”; “Betsy’s Pumpkin”; Untitled (Wildflowers and Cut Tree)
This Date in Art History: Born 12 April 1885 – Robert Delaunay, a French painter.
Below – “Portrait of Jean Metzinger”; “Passage au disque”; “Champs de Mars, La Tour rouge”; “La Ville de Paris”; “Portuguese Woman”; “Circular Forms.”
Contemporary Chinese/Jamaican Art – Adrian Wong Shue
In the words of one writer, “Adrian Wong Shue was born on the Caribbean island of Jamaica in the West Indies when the island was still a British Colony. His formal studies were in Kingston, Jamaica and Los Angeles, California. He exhibits widely in many major galleries throughout the United States, as well as in Jamaica, Korea, India, France, and Germany.”
Below – “Promises”; “Unspoken Passion”; “Heartsongs”; “Meeting”; “Love’s Little Gifts”; “Counselor.”
Musings in Spring: Frederick Delius
“Music is an outburst of the soul.”
This Date in Art History: Born 12 April 1883 – Imogen Cunningham, an American photographer.
Below – “Dream”; “Frida Kahlo Painter 3”; “Portrait of a Woman with Mimosa Leaves”; “The Bath 2”; “On Mount Rainier, 8”; “Anselm Adams, Yosemite Valley.”
Musings in Spring: John Geddes
“What is the meaning of La Belle Dame Sans Merci? – have you never been enthralled? Enchantment that is unrequited desolates the soul.”
Below – John WilliamWaterhouse: “The Beautiful Woman Without Mercy.”
This Date in Art History: Born 12 April 1930 – Manuel Neri, an American sculptor and painter.
Below – “Seated Woman” (bronze with enamel paint and wire); “Mujer Pegada Series No. 2 (bronze with silver nitrate patina); “Collage Painting No. 1”; Untitled Kneeling Figure (bronze with oil-based pigments); “Sweetwater 4”; “Side View of Model II.”