A Cloudy Thursday in May, 2017

Musings in Spring: Albert Camus

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.”

Art.for Spring – Part I of VI: Andre Balyon (Dutch, contemporary)

Below – “Yosemite Falls”

Musings in Spring: Charles Bukowski

“I was a man who thrived on solitude; without it I was like another man without food or water. Each day without solitude weakened me. I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the
room was like sunlight to me.”

Art.for Spring – Part II of VI: Camille Barnes (American, contemporary)

Below – “Pelican”

A Poem for Today

“Thanksgiving for Two”
By Marge Saiser

The adults we call our children will not be arriving
with their children in tow for Thanksgiving.
We must make our feast ourselves,

slice our half-ham, indulge, fill our plates,
potatoes and green beans
carried to our table near the window.

We are the feast, plenty of years,
arguments. I’m thinking the whole bundle of it
rolls out like a white tablecloth. We wanted

to be good company for one another.
Little did we know that first picnic
how this would go. Your hair was thick,

mine long and easy; we climbed a bluff
to look over a storybook plain. We chose
our spot as high as we could, to see

the river and the checkerboard fields.
What we didn’t see was this day, in
our pajamas if we want to,

wrinkled hands strong, wine
in juice glasses, toasting
whatever’s next,

the decades of side-by-side,
our great good luck.

Art.for Spring – Part III of VI: Marcia Banks (American, contemporary)

Below – “Bare Shoulder”

Musings in Spring: Maria Robinson

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

Art.for Spring – Part IV of VI: Lee Bann (Korean, contemporary)

Below – “Let’s Make the Whole Demilitarized Zone. Into a Grand Park for All Korean People”

Musings in Spring: William Butler Yeats

“We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.”

Below – Augustus Edwin John: “William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Irish Poet and Patriot”

Art.for Spring – Part V of VI: Daniel Baradza (South African, contemporary)

Below – “Sasha” (opal stone sculpture)

A Second Poem for Today

“Pelicans in December”
By J. Allyn Rosser

One can’t help admiring
their rickety grace

and old-world feathers
like seasoned boardwalk planks.

They pass in silent pairs,
as if a long time ago

they had wearied of calling out.
The wind tips them, their

ungainly, light-brown weight,
into a prehistoric wobble,

wings’-end fingers stretching
from fingerless gloves,

necks slightly tucked and stiff,
peering forward and down,

like old couples arm in arm
on icy sidewalks, careful,

careful, mildly surprised
by how difficult it has become

to stay dignified and keep moving
even after the yelping gulls have gone;

even after the scattered sand,
and the quietly lodged complaints.

Art.for Spring – Part VI of VI: Jose Barbara (Spanish, contemporary)

Below – “Morning Haze”

Musings in Spring: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden.”
Below – Sarah Novenson: “Morning of Joy, Chama River”

Contemporary American Art – James Bama

In the words of one writer, “James Bama is an American artist known for his realistic paintings and etchings of Western subjects. Born in Manhattan in 1926, he grew up copying Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon comic strip. He had his first professional sale when he was 15, a drawing of Yankee Stadium in the New York Journal-American. He graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art and entered the Army Air Corps, working as a mechanic, mural painter, and physical training instructor. In May, 1971, Bama connected with a New York dealer, prompting his decision to abandon illustration and put his total concentration into the creation of easel paintings. In Wapiti, James and Lynne Bama built a home and studio, moving into it when their son Ben was born in 1978.”

Below – “Portrait of a Sioux”; “A Cowboy Named Anne”; ‘At Mountain Man’s Wedding”; “Buffalo in a Storm”; “Crow Cavalry Scout”; “Shoshone Chief.”

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