Monthly Archives: December 2014

December Offerings – Part XVI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Agnes Martin Died 16 December 2004 – Agnes Martin, a Canadian-American abstract expressionist painter. Below (left to right) – “Falling Blue”; “Desert Rain”; “With My Back to the World”; “Starlight”; “The Island”; “Gratitude.” … Continue reading

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American Muse: William Stafford

“A Message from the Wanderer” Today outside your prison I stand and rattle my walking stick: Prisoners, listen; you have relatives outside. And there are thousands of ways to escape. Years ago I bent my skill to keep my cell … Continue reading

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December Offerings – Part XV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Joshua Flint Artist Statement: “People are forever fascinating. I am compelled to paint them. My pursuits are driven by my curiosities about the world around me; about our nature, about our character, about … Continue reading

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American Muse: Richard Wilbur

“A Barred Owl” The warping night air having brought the boom Of an owl’s voice into her darkened room, We tell the wakened child that all she heard Was an odd question from a forest bird, Asking of us, if … Continue reading

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December Offerings – Part XIV: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American art part I of IV: Evelyn Taylor Painter Evelyn Taylor was born in 1925. British Art – Part I of III: Ken Currie: In the words of one critic, “Ken Currie (born 1960, North Shields, England) is a Scottish … Continue reading

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American Muse: Katie Peterson

“Snake” The thunderstorm came like a pot boiling over and the color of water was made by that, all of a sudden, a pigment more tropical than dense with the reflection of light. Everywhere the scent of at least five … Continue reading

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December Offerings – Part XIII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: William Merritt Chase In the words of one write, painter William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was “known as an exponent of Impressionism and as a teacher. He is also responsible for establishing the Chase … Continue reading

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American Muse: Donald Justice

“Absences” It’s snowing this afternoon and there are no flowers. There is only this sound of falling, quiet and remote, Like the memory of scales descending the white keys Of a childhood piano—outside the window, palms! And the heavy head … Continue reading

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December Offerings – Part XII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Paul Cadmus Artist Statement: “Well, I was always drawing. I mean, I was encouraged to draw. I was given crayons and all the usual things. The first encouragement I had other than my … Continue reading

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American Muse: Thomas McGrath

“A Coal Fire in Winter” Something old and tyrannical burning there, (Not like a wood fire which is only The end of summer, or a life) But something of darkness, heat From the time before there was fire And I … Continue reading

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