Sentient in San Francisco – 30 March 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 30 March 1842 – Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, a French painter.

Below – “The Bather”; “Julie Le Brun as Atalanta”; “Lady Hamilton as Ariadne”; “Landscape”; ““The Genius of Alexander”; “Le Mont Blanc.”

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

“The Rain”
by Robert Creeley

What am I to myself
that must be remembered,
insisted upon
so often? Is it

that never the ease,
even the hardness,
of rain falling
will have for me

something other than this,
something not so insistent–
am I to be locked in this
final uneasiness.

Love, if you love me,
lie next to me.
Be for me, like rain,
the getting out

of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi-
lust of intentional indifference.
Be wet
with a decent happiness.

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

Below – “Wheatfield with Crows”; “Bedroom in Arles”; “The Red Vineyard”; “The Starry Night”; “Starry Night Over the Rhone”; “Self-Portrait.”

Musings in Spring: Pablo Neruda

“If Each Day Falls”

If each day falls
inside each night,
there exists a well
where clarity is imprisoned.

We need to sit on the rim
of the well of darkness
and fish for fallen light
with patience.

Below – Sieger Koder: “Insight”


This Date in Art History: Died 30 March 1993 – Richard Diebenkorn, an American painter and member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s: Part I of II.

Below – “Bather on the Sand”; “Beach with Umbrellas”; “Bridge”; “Bath.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 30 March 1986 – John Ciardi, an American poet and recipient of the Prix de Rome.

“Men Marry What They Need”
by John Ciardi

Men marry what they need. I marry you,
morning by morning, day by day, night by night,
and every marriage makes this marriage new.

In the broken name of heaven, in the light
that shatters granite, by the spitting shore,
in air that leaps and wobbles like a kite,

I marry you from time and a great door
is shut and stays shut against wind, sea, stone,
sunburst, and heavenfall. And home once more

inside our walls of skin and struts of bone,
man-woman, woman-man, and each the other,
I marry you by all dark and all dawn

and have my laugh at death. Why should I bother
the flies about me? Let them buzz and do.
Men marry their queen, their daughter, or their mother

by hidden names, but that thin buzz whines through:
where reasons are no reason, cause is true.
Men marry what they need. I marry you.

Below – Pablo Picasso: “The Lovers”


This Date in Art History: Died 30 March 1993 – Richard Diebenkorn, an American painter and member of the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s: Part II of II.

Below – “Cane Chair – Outside”; “Chabot Valley”; “Coffee”; “Conversation”; “Cups.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 30 March 1970 – Tobias Hill, an award-winning English poet.

from “A Year in Japan”

She meets the train
at Burning Stone station,
red leaves in her pocket
and the river from the mountain
green as an eye.

The sun keeps rhythm
through the pines. The train beats time. She tells me that
her names translate as Three Eight Sweet One,
Sickle-Hand, and that her town
is famous for carrots, and that

the moon has no face in Japan,
but the shadow of a hare, leapt
from the arms of a god.

Later, under the sod-black trees
she hides her face against the wind
and asks me to teach her to kiss.

Below – Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, circa 1725 – 1770): “Young Woman Reading a Letter by Lantern Light”

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