Sentient in Seattle – 30 March 2018

This Date in Literary History: Died 30 March 2005 – Robert Creeley, an American poet, novelist, and essayist.

“I Know a Man”
by Robert Creeley

As I sd to my
friend, because I am
always talking,–John, I

sd, which was not his
name, the darkness sur-
rounds us, what

can we do against
it, or else, shall we &
why not, buy a goddamn big car,

drive, he sd, for
christ’s sake, look
out where yr going.


Art for Spring – Part I of II: Jacques Villon (French, 1875-1963)

Below – “La Chasse Au Tigre”; “L’Italienne”; “Portrait of Muse”

For Your Information: 30 March is National Doctors’ Day in the United States.

Art for Spring – Part II of II: William Kirkpatrick Vincent (American, 1939-2004)

Below – “Roxanne”; “Grand Canyon Chasms”; Untitled Forest Landscape


Worth a Thousand Words: Part of the Chesapeake Bay Wetlands.

This Date in Art History: Born 30 March 1853 – Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter.

Below – “Sunflowers”; “Wheatfield with Crows”; “Flowering Plum Orchard (after Hiroshige)”; “Bedroom in Arles”; “The Red Vineyard”; “Self-Portrait (1887).”

This Date in Literary History: Died 30 March 1986 – John Ciardi, an American poet, writer, and etymologist.

“Bees and Morning Glories”
by John Ciardi

Morning glories, pale as a mist drying,
fade from the heat of the day, but already
hunchback bees in pirate pants and with peg-leg
hooks have found and are boarding them.

This could do for the sack of the imaginary
fleet. The raiders loot the galleons even as they
one by one vanish and leave still real
only what has been snatched out of the spell.

I’ve never seen bees more purposeful except
when the hive is threatened. They know
the good of it must be grabbed and hauled
before the whole feast wisps off.

They swarm in light and, fast, dive in,
then drone out, slow, their pantaloons heavy
with gold and sunlight. The line of them,
like thin smoke, wafts over the hedge.

And back again to find the fleet gone.
Well, they got this day’s good of it. Off
they cruise to what stays open longer.
Nothing green gives honey. And by now

you’d have to look twice to see more than green
where all those white sails trembled
when the world was misty and open
and the prize was there to be taken.


This Date in Art History: Died 30 March 1879 – Thomas Couture, a French painter.

Below – “Daydreams”; “A Lawyer Going to Court”; “Anselm Feuerbach”; “Romans during the Decadence”; “The Duel After the Masked Ball”; “Self-Portrait.”


Musings in Spring: Mary Oliver

“That your spirit grow in curiosity, that your life be richer than it is, that you bow to the earth as you feel how it actually is, that we—so clever, and ambitious, and selfish, and unrestrained— are only one design of the moving, the vivacious many.”


This Date in Art History: Died 30 March 1966 – Maxfield Parrish, an American painter and illustrator.

Below – “The Lantern Bearers”; “The Dinky Bird”; “Daybreak”; “Ecstasy”; “Contentment”; “Stars.”

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