Monthly Archives: June 2015

American Muse: Robinson Jeffers

“Mountain Pines” In scornful upright loneliness they stand, Counting themselves no kin of anything Whether of earth or sky. Their gnarled roots cling Like wasted fingers of a clutching hand In the grim rock. A silent spectral band They watch … Continue reading

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June Offerings – Part XXVIII: Something to Delight both Head and H

American Art – Part I of III: Thomas Reis In the words of one writer, “American Award-winning painter Thomas Reis began work as senior art director for JP Morgan Chase in New York City, shortly after receiving his MFA from … Continue reading

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Notes from the Heartland

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas is home to one of the finest fossil collections in the United States. American alchemy: An oil rig in Kansas pumping the liquefied bones of the dinosaurs out of the ground … Continue reading

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American Muse: Ogden Nash

“A Word to Husbands” To keep your marriage brimming With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. Below – Shay Jung: “Husband and Wife”

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June Offerings – Part XXVII: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of II: Colleen Barry In the words of one critic, painter Colleen Barry (born 1981) “currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY. A student of the National Academy of Design, the Harlem Studio of Art, … Continue reading

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Notes from the Heartland

The American Wheel of Life in Hays, Kansas. Dawn in Hays, Kansas, with the stench of a nearby cattle feedlot hanging on the early morning air. Capitalist Realism: A mural in the McDonald’s dining area in Belle Plains, Kansas.

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American Muse: Kim Addonizio

“Eating Together” I know my friend is going, though she still sits there across from me in the restaurant, and leans over the table to dip her bread in the oil on my plate; I know how thick her hair … Continue reading

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June Offerings – Part XXVI: Something to Delight both Head and Heart

American Art – Part I of III: Mary Josephson Artist Statement: “From the beginning, I wanted to capture in my paintings more than a likeness of the individual. I wanted the paintings to tell about the character or spirit of … Continue reading

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A Brief Vacation

Readers: I am leaving town in order to attend my middle son’s wedding in Seattle, and I will not be posting for about three weeks. I hope that everyone enjoys the arrival of summer. Below – John William Waterhouse: “Sweet … Continue reading

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American Muse: Edgar Bowers

“An Afternoon at the Beach” I’ll go among the dead to see my friend. The place I leave is beautiful: the sea Repeats the winds’ far swell in its long sound, And, there beside it, houses solemnly Shine with the … Continue reading

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