Sentient in San Francisco – 26 May 2019

Contemporary German Art – Ofir Dor

Below – “The Bride The Groom and The Best Man”; “Three Times Vincent”; “Hotel Bed and two Pictures”; “Butterfly Huntress”; “Gas Station”; “Three Bathers.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 May 1954 – Alan Hollinghurst, an award-winning English novelist, short story writer, and translator.

Some quotes from the work of Alan Hollinghurst:

“It was the time of year when the atmosphere streamed with unexpected hints and memories, and a paradoxical sense of renewal.”
“There was the noise itself, which he thought of vaguely as the noise of classical music, sameish and rhetorical, full of feelings people surely never had”
“He was asking for memories, too young himself to know that memories were only memories of memories.”
“The worse they are the more they see beauty in each other.”
“The great wisdom for writers, perhaps for everybody, is to come to understand to be at one with their own tempo.”
“All families are silly in their own way.”


Contemporary Lithuanian Art – Justinas Krasuckas

Below – “Fright. MsThompson with raincoat in non existing light”;  “Dawn.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 26 May 1963 – Simon Armitage, an award-winning English poet, playwright, and novelist. Simon Armitage is the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom.

“The Unaccompanied”
by Simon Armitage

Wandering slowly back after dark one night
above a river, toward a suspension bridge,
a sound concerns him that might be a tune
or might not: noise drifting in, trailing off.

Then concerns him again, now clearly a song
pulsing out from the opposite bank, being sung
by chorusing men, all pewter-haired or bald,
in the function suite of a shabby hotel.
Above their heads a conductor’s hand
draws and casts the notes with a white wand.

Songs about mills and mines and a great war,
about mermaid brides and solid gold hills,
songs from broken hymnbooks and cheesy films.

Then his father’s voice rising out of that choir,
and his father’s father’s voice, and voices
of fathers before, concerning him only,
arcing through charged air and spanning the gorge.
He steps over the cliff edge and walks across.

Contemporary Belgian Art – Hugo Pondz: Part I of II.

Below – “Dreams of a lLate summer Afternoon”; “A Beautiful Day”; “When I’m looking at the flat earth (in blue)”; “Endless Summer”; “The Upcoming Arrival”; “Emma Vettriano’s Bath.”

Musings in Spring: Christopher Paolini

“The sea is emotion incarnate. It loves, hates, and weeps. It defies all attempts to capture it with words and rejects all shackles. No matter what you say about it, there is always that which you can’t.”

Contemporary Belgian Art – Hugo Pondz: Part II of II.

Below – “The Signal”; “The Wide World”; “The Cage”; “One Day Soon”; “The Great Challenge”; “The Bright Moment.”


A Poem for Today

“Girls’ Middle School Orchestra”
by Michael Ryan

They’re all dressed up in carmine
floor-length velvet gowns, their upswirled hair
festooned with matching ribbons:
their fresh hopes and our fond hopes for them
infuse this sort-of-music as if happiness could actually be
each-plays-her-part-and-all-will-take-care-of-itself.
Their hearts unscarred under quartz lights
beam through the darkness in which we sit
to show us why we endured at home
the squeaking and squawking and botched notes
that now in concert are almost beautiful,
almost rendering this heartrending music
composed for an archduke who loved it so much
he spent his fortune for the musicians
who could bring it brilliantly to life.

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