This Date in Art History: Born 12 May 1828 – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an English painter and poet.
Below – “Lady Lilith”; “Jane Morris”; “Proserpine”; “Pia de’ Tolomei.”
This Date in Literary History: Died 12 May 1967 – John Masefield, an English poet, writer, and Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930 until 1967.
by John Masefield
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
Contemporary Romanian Art – Liviu Mihai
Below – “Talking Friends”; “Old social 1”; “Memories”; “In my mind”; ‘In the wheat field”; “The man with dog.”
This Date in Literary History: Died 12 May 1925 – Amy Lowell, an American poet, critic, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
by Amy Lowell
“‘I can’t get out’, said the starling.”
Sterne’s ‘Sentimental Journey’.
Forever the impenetrable wall
Of self confines my poor rebellious soul,
I never see the towering white clouds roll
Before a sturdy wind, save through the small
Barred window of my jail. I live a thrall
With all my outer life a clipped, square hole,
Rectangular; a fraction of a scroll
Unwound and winding like a worsted ball.
My thoughts are grown uneager and depressed
Through being always mine, my fancy’s wings
Are moulted and the feathers blown away.
I weary for desires never guessed,
For alien passions, strange imaginings,
To be some other person for a day.
Below – “Gold Series I”; “Through Changes”; “Bluetones.”
This Date in Cultural History: Born 12 May 1937 – George Carlin, an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic.
How badly the world needs him today!
Some quotes from the work of George Carlin:
“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”
“Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear.”
“Some people have no idea what they’re doing, and a lot of them are really good at it.”
“In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”
“Don’t just teach your children to read… Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.”
“Have you ever noticed that the only metaphor we have in our public discourse for solving problems is to declare war on it? We have the war on crime, the war on cancer, the war on drugs. But did you ever notice that we have no war on homelessness? You know why? Because there’s no money in that problem. No money to be made off of the homeless. If you can find a solution to homelessness where the corporations and politicians can make a few million dollars each, you will see the streets of America begin to clear up pretty damn quick!”
“Your dog thinks you’re a god. Your cat thinks the dog’s an asshole.”
“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”
“A person of good intelligence and of sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality – and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing – it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street.”
“All the media and the politicians ever talk about is things that separate us, things that make us different from one another.”
“There are three kinds of people: those who can count, and those who cannot.”
“If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse.”
“When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.”
“Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.”
“Life is not measured by the breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breaths away.”
Contemporary Irish Art – Anna Matykiewicz: Part II of II.
Below – “Unchained.”
A Poem for Today
“The New Dentist”
by Jaimee Kuperman
Driving to the new dentist’s office
the slow drive of a new place
with the McDonalds that I don’t go to
on the left, the mall two miles away.
The Courthouse and the Old Courthouse
road signs that break apart, the fork in the road
that looks nothing like a fork or a spoon, in fact
at best, maybe a knife bent in a dishwasher
that leans to one side. And I know the dentist
will ask about my last visit and want to know
in months that I can’t say some time ago
and I know he will ask me about flossing
and saying when I’m in the mood won’t be
the appropriate answer.
He will call out my cavities
as if they were names in a class.
I brush my teeth before going in.
It’s like cleaning before the cleaning person
but I don’t want him to know I keep an untidy
mouth. That I am the type of person who shoves
things in the closet before guests arrive.