Sentient in Seattle – 25 March 2018

This Date in Literary History: Died 25 March 1969 – Max Eastman, an American activist, author, and poet.

“In March”
by Max Eastman

On a soaked fence-post a little blue-backed bird,
Opening her sweet throat, has stirred
A million music-ripples in the air
That curl and circle everywhere.
They break not shallow at my ear,
But quiver far within. Warm days are near!

Art for Spring – Part I of V: Mackenzie Thorpe (English, contemporary)

Below -“It’s Only a Butterfly”; “Where Love Goes”; “Boy Who Didn’t Get a Ticket”

For Your Information: 25 March is Tolkien Reading Day. In the words of one writer, this day “is an annual event, launched by The Tolkien Society in 2003, that takes place on 25 March. It has the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and the use of Tolkien’s works in education and library groups. The date of 25 March was chosen in honour of the fall of Sauron, in Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’.”

Art for Spring – Part II of V: Cynthia Thomas (American, contemporary)

Below (all bronze) – “Transition: Raven Woman”; “Tree Lady – Metamorphosis VIII Endurance”;“Freedom (Eagle Woman)”

This Date in Literary History: Born 25 March 1881 – Mary Webb, an English writer and poet.

“Green Rain”
by Mary Webb

Into the scented woods we’ll go,
And see the blackthorn swim in snow.
High above, in the budding leaves,
A brooding dove awakes and grieves;
The glades with mingled music stir,
And wildly laughs the woodpecker.
When blackthorn petals pearl the breeze,
There are the twisted hawthorne trees
Thick-set with buds, as clear and pale
As golden water or green hail-
As if a storm of rain had stood
Enchanted in the thorny wood,
and, hearing fairy voices call,
Hung poised, forgetting how to fall.

Art for Spring – Part III of V: Shah Kuang Ting (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Amorous Feelings”; “Aurora”; “Wind and Sea”

Worth a Thousand Words: Joshua Tree National Park, California.

Art for Spring – Part IV of V: Kim Tkatch (Russian, contemporary)

Below – “Pins”; “Holiday”; Untitled

This Date in Literary History: Born 25 March 1925 – Flannery O’Connor, an American short story writer and novelist.

Some quotes from the work of Flannery O’Connor:

“The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience.”
“Most of us have learned to be dispassionate about evil, to look it in the face and find, as often as not, our own grinning reflections with which we do not argue, but good is another matter. Few have stared at that long enough to accept that its face too is grotesque, that in us the good is something under construction. The modes of evil usually receive worthy expression. The modes of good have to be satisfied with a cliche or a smoothing down that will soften their real look.”
“I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.”
“Conviction without experience makes for harshness. ”
“To know oneself is, above all, to know what one lacks. It is to measure oneself against Truth, and not the other way around. The first product of self-knowledge is humility.”

Art for Spring – Part V of V: Theo Tobiasse (Israeli, 1927-2013)

Below – “Bearded Man With Flower”; “Leda and the Swan”; “Dixieland”

Musings in Spring: Kobayashi Issa


What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.

Contemporary American Art – Walasse Ting

In the words of one writer, “Walasse Ting is a Chinese-American visual artist and poet. His colorful paintings have attracted critical admiration and a popular following. Common subjects include nude women and cats, birds and other animals. He was born in Shanghai in 1929. He left China in 1946 and lived for a while in Hong Kong, then settled in Paris in 1952. Here he associated with artists such as Karel Appel, Asger Jorn, and Pierre Alechinsky, members of the avant-garde group, CoBrA. n 1957 he moved to America, and settled in New York where his work was influenced by pop art and abstract expressionism. He began primarily as an abstract artist, but the bulk of his work since the mid- 1970’s has been described as popular figuratism, with broad areas of color painted with a Chinese brush and acrylic paint.”

Below – “Black Cat”; “Cascade”; “Lady With Vase”; Untitled; “Do You Like My Tiger Cat?”;“Goya’s Lover.”

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