Sentient in San Francisco – 11 May 2019

This Date in Art History: Born 11 May 1902 – Karl Parsimagi, an Estonian painter.

Below – “Woman in the Living Room”; “Interior”; “Portrait of a Woman”; “Japanese Woman”; “Nude.”

Musings in Spring: John Ruskin

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”

Below – The San Juan Mountains, Colorado.


This Date in Art History: Died 11 May 1967 – James E. Brewton, an American painter.

Below – “Portrait of Edgar Allen Poe”; “Portrait of Barbara Holland”; “The American Dream-Girl”; “A Season in Hell”; “Portrait of Charles Baudelaire”; “Homage to Modi[gliani].”

A Poem for Today

“Eight Ball”
by Claudia Emerson

It was fifty cents a game
beneath exhausted ceiling fans,

the smoke’s old spiral. Hooded lights
burned distant, dull. I was tired, but you

insisted on one more, so I chalked
the cue—the bored blue—broke, scratched.

It was always possible
for you to run the table, leave me

nothing. But I recall the easy
shot you missed, and then the way

we both studied, circling—keeping
what you had left me between us.

Contemporary British Art – Robert Owen Bloomfield

Below – “temple”; “alone at night.”

Musings in Spring: T. S. Eliot

“At the beach – time you enjoyed wasting, is not wasted.”

Below – Avery Tillmon: “A Day at the Sea”

Contemporary British Art – Amanda Pellatt

Below – “Lily Pond Light”; “Koyo”; “Peony Rose”; “Spring Bouquet”; “Iris Summer Border”; “Mary How does your garden grow?”

A Poem for Today

“Moment”
by Carol L. Gloor

At the moment of my mother’s death
I am rinsing frozen chicken.
No vision, no rending
of the temple curtain, only
the soft give of meat.
I had not seen her in four days.
I thought her better,
and the hospital did not call,
so I am fresh from
an office Christmas party,
scotch on my breath
as I answer the phone.
And in one moment all my past acts
become irrevocable.

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