Sentient in San Francisco – 27 May 2019

Contemporary Spanish Art – Fares Micue

Below (photographs) – “Lonely us”; “The dream catcher”; “Equilibrium VII”; “She was happily dancing with the fire while her world was crumbling down”; “The sacrifice stone”; “Big fish in a little pond.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 27 May 1930 – John Barth, an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, author of “The Floating Opera,” “Lost in the Funhouse, and “Chimera,” and two-time recipient of the National Book Award.

Some quotes from the work of John Barth:

“The story of your life is not your life; it’s your story.”
“Like an ox-cart driver in monsoon season or the skipper of a grounded ship, one must sometimes go forward by going back.”
“The first obligation of the writer is to be interesting. To be interesting; not to change the world.”
“Nothing is intrinsically valuable; the value of everything is attributed to it, assigned to it from outside the thing itself, by people.”
“‘My dear fellow,’ Burlingame said, ‘we sit here on a blind rock
careening through space; we are all of us rushing headlong to the grave. Think you the worms will care, when anon they make a meal of you, whether you spent your moment sighing wigless in your chamber, or sacked the golden towns of Montezuma? Lookee, the day’s nigh spent; ’tis gone careening into time forever. Not a tale’s length past we lined our bowels with dinner, and already they growl for more. We are dying men, Ebenezer: i’faith, there’s time for naught but bold resolves!’”
“Self knowledge is always bad news.”
“Though life’s tuition is always ruinous, inexorably we learn.”
“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.”

Contemporary Australian Art – Nicole Baker

Below – “Timeless Reference”; “Opulence”; “Dapper”; “Hugs & Kisses”; “Elements”; “Gucci Garden.”

A Poem for Today

“Behind the Plow”
by Leo Dangel

I look in the turned sod
for an iron bolt that fell
from the plow frame
and find instead an arrowhead
with delicate, chipped edges,
still sharp, not much larger
than a woman’s long fingernail.
Pleased, I put the arrowhead
into my overalls pocket,
knowing that the man who shot
the arrow and lost his work
must have looked for it
much longer than I will
look for that bolt.

Contemporary Australian Art – Stu Spence

Below (photographs) – “Dress Circle”; “I Walk This ocean Every Night”; “Leaving Kansas”; “A Decision Is Made (Outside A Museum””; “The Exotic East”; “The Verdict (in pale pink)”; “My Misunderstanding”; “Fox Robertson’s Pause.”

Musings in Spring: Rainer Maria Rilke

“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”

Contemporary American Art – Cindy Press

Below – “Fearless”; “Fool Them All”;
“Privacy Please”; “Save Me”; “Stay For A While.”

A Poem for Today

“Bonsai at the Potter’s Stall”
by Kay Mullen

Under fluorescent light,
aligned on a bench

and table top, oranges
the size of marbles dangle

from trees with glossy
leaves. White trumpets

bloom in tiny clay pots.
Under a firethorn’s twisted

limbs, a three inch monk
holds a cup from which

he appears to drink
the interior life. The potter

prizes his bonsai children
who will never grow up,

never leave home.

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