Monthly Archives: May 2015

May Offerings – Part XXII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of VI: Mary Cassatt “I doubt if you know the effort it is to paint! The concentration it requires, to compose your picture, the difficulty of posing the models, of choosing the color scheme, of … Continue reading

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American Muse: Stephen Crane

“A Man Said to the Universe” A man said to the universe: “Sir I exist!” “However,” replied the universe, “The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.”

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May Offerings – Part XXI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Charmaine Olivia Artist Statement: “I’m an artist. I spend the majority of my days continually teaching myself how to paint and draw. I am extremely curious and passionate about life, beautiful things, and … Continue reading

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American Muse: August Kleinzahler

“Before Dawn on Bluff Road” The crow’s raw hectoring cry scoops clean an oval divot of sky, its fading echo among the oaks and poplars swallowed first by a jet banking west then the Erie-Lackawanna sounding its horn as it … Continue reading

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May Offerings – Part XX: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: C. M. Cooper C. M. Cooper refers to herself as a “contemporary traditionalist.” According to one critic, “Her impressionistic paintings blend classic aesthetics with the modern figure, and Cooper’s delicate color sensitivity and … Continue reading

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American Muse: Brian Turner

“R & R” The curve of her hip where I’d lay my head, that’s what I’m thinking of now, her fingers gone slow through my hair on a blue day ten thousand miles off in the future somewhere, where the … Continue reading

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May Offerings – Part XIX: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of V: Carole A. Feuerman In the words of one art historian, “Carole A. Feuerman, American sculptor, is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most prominent hyperrealist sculptors with a prolific career spanning four … Continue reading

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American Muse: C. D. Wright

“Everything Good between Men and Women” has been written in mud and butter and barbecue sauce. The walls and the floors used to be gorgeous. The socks off-white and a near match. The quince with fire blight but we get … Continue reading

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May Offerings – Part XVIII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of IV: Sarah Miriam Peale Died 19 May 1900 – Sarah Miriam Peale, an American portrait painter. Below – “Veiled Woman”; “Anna Maria Smyth”; “Elijah Bosley”; “Boy on a Rocking Horse”; “Self-Portrait.” “And that inverted … Continue reading

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American Muse: Mary Karr

“County Fair” On the mudroad of plodding American bodies, my son wove like an antelope from stall to stall and want to want. I no’ed it all: the wind-up killer robot and winged alien; knives hierarchical in a glass case; … Continue reading

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