Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 28 July 1927 – John Ashbery, an American poet and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
“The New Higher”
by John Ashbery
You meant more than life to me. I lived through
you not knowing, not knowing I was living.
I learned that you called for me. I came to where
you were living, up a stair. There was no one there.
No one to appreciate me. The legality of it
upset a chair. Many times to celebrate
we were called together and where
we had been there was nothing there,
nothing that is anywhere. We passed obliquely,
leaving no stare. When the sun was done muttering,
in an optimistic way, it was time to leave that there.
Blithely passing in and out of where, blushing shyly
at the tag on the overcoat near the window where
the outside crept away, I put aside the there and now.
Now it was time to stumble anew,
blacking out when time came in the window.
There was not much of it left.
I laughed and put my hands shyly
across your eyes. Can you see now?
Yes I can see I am only in the where
where the blossoming stream takes off, under your window.
Go presently you said. Go from my window.
I am in love with your window I cannot undermine
it, I said.
Art for Summer – Part I of III: John Kiraly (American, contemporary)
Below – “Three Muses”; “Fortune Teller”; “Time in Ravello”
For Your Information: 28 July is both National Milk Chocolate Day and National Hamburger Day in the United States.
Art for Summer – Part II of III: Willi Kissmer (German, contemporary)
Below – “Vardem Kamin”; “Treppenhaus”; “Liegende”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 28 July 1959 -William T. Vollmann, an American novelist, short story writer, journalist, and recipient of the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction.
Some quotes from the work of William T. Vollmann:
“Maybe life is a process of trading hopes for memories.”
“We always see ourselves as constant, and others as less so, no matter what policy shifts we ourselves may have been guilty of.”
“Are you a censor? Do you tell people not to say “girl”? Shame on you! If nothing offends you, you’re a saint or you’re psychotic. If a few things offend you, deal with them–fairly. If you’re often offended by things, you’re probably a self-righteous asshole and it’s too bad you weren’t censored yourself–by your mother in an abortion clinic.”
“Lovers may never meet again, but the ways of enemies oft do intersect: This proves some corollary about gravity.”
“Do you want to know what happiness is? Happiness is the absence of unpleasant information.”
“When it comes to revolutionaries, trust only the sad ones. The enthusiastic ones are the oppressors of tomorrow.”
“Self-deception is a pessimistic definition of optimism.”
Art for Summer – Part III of III: Peter Kitchell (American, contemporary)
Below – “Shasta”; “Boomerang Arrows”; “Solid Past”
Worth a Thousand Words: Stonehenge at the Winter Solstice.
Contemporary American Art – Robert Kipniss: Part I of II.
In the words of one writer, “Robert Kipniss’ works are characterized by a simple setting. Often the image is of a house and a few hills in an untouched silence. Robert Kipniss’ colors are subdued and mild.”
Below – “Porch and Hillside”; “Shadowed Fields”; “Afternoon Sun”; “Fields and Twilight”; “Landscape II”; “Attic Window.”
Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 28 July 1866 – Beatrix Potter, who was, in the words of one writer, an “English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in ‘The Tale of Peter the Rabbit.’
A note: Renée Zellweger does a remarkable job of portraying Beatrix Potter in director Chris Noonan’s film “Miss Potter.”
Some quotes from the work of Beatrix Potter:
“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were–Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter.”
“We cannot stay home all our lives, we must present ourselves to the world and we must look upon it as an adventure.”
“I have just made stories to please myself, because I never grew up.”
“I remember I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit-world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common-sense.”
“For quiet, solitary and observant children create their own world and live in it, nourishing their imaginations on the material at hand.
The place is changed now, and many familiar faces are gone, but the greatest change is myself. I was a child then, I had no idea what the world would be like. I wished to trust myself on the waters and the sea. Everything was romantic in my imagination. The woods were peopled by the mysterious good folk. The Lords and Ladies of the last century walked with me along the overgrown paths, and picked the old fashioned flowers among the box and rose hedges of the garden.”
“All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.”
“Here comes Peter Cottontail right down the bunny trail.”
In the words of one writer, “Robert Kipniss has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad with numerous one-person shows. Robert Kipniss is considered as famous a printmaker as a painter. Robert Kipniss works in both media are in one hundred museum collections.”
Below – “Hilltop II”; “Alleys, Springfield”; “After the Summer”; “2 Trees”; “Late Summer”; “Red Roofs.”