Sentient in San Francisco – 23 June 2019

Contemporary American Art – Patricia Hardmeier

Below – “Le Mer #5”; “Le Mer #32”; “California Dreaming #25”; Untitled #17; “California Dreaming #4.”


This Date in Canadian History: 23 June 1887 – The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada creating the nation’s first national park, Banff National Park.

Below – Banff National Park is strikingly beautiful.

Contemporary American Art – Goran Petmil

Below – “Summer Night”; “Very Bright Horizon”; “Sunset at Coopers Beach”; “Summer’s Eve”; “Blue Sky Before the Storm”; “Double Line on the Horizon.”

A Poem for Today

“The Exam”
by Joyce Sutphen

It is mid-October. The trees are in
their autumnal glory (red, yellow-green,

orange) outside the classroom where students
take the mid-term, sniffling softly as if

identifying lines from Blake or Keats
was such sweet sorrow, summoned up in words

they never saw before. I am thinking
of my parents, of the six decades they’ve

been together, of the thirty thousand
meals they’ve eaten in the kitchen, of the

more than twenty thousand nights they’ve slept
under the same roof. I am wondering

who could have fashioned the test that would have
predicted this success? Who could have known?

Below – J. Coates: “Old Couple Walking”

Contemporary American Art – Cherie Steinberg

Below (photographs) – “Nude Behind the Veil Series”; “Girl Water”; “Lady in Mask”; “Nude Girl With Gun”; “Picasso Beauty.”

Musings in Summer: Wallace Stegner

“I gave my heart to the mountains the minute I stood beside this river with its spray in my face and watched it thunder into foam, smooth to green glass over sunken rocks, shatter to foam again. I was fascinated by how it sped by and yet was always there; its roar shook both the earth and me.”

Contemporary American Art – David Anthony

Below – “Free Spirits ( Paint, Wood, Plexiglass, Resin, LED )”; “Lost at Night 2 (Wood, Resin); “Illuminated Saguaro 3 ( Wood, Plexiglass, Resin, LED )”; “Neon Through My Eyes”; “Neon Dia de los Muertos ( Blue & Pink )”; “Venice Palm.”


A Poem for Today

“A Ghost Abandons the Haunted”
by Katie Cappello

You ignore the way light filters through my cells,
the way I have of fading out—still
there is a constant tug, a stretching,
what is left of me is coming loose. Soon,

I will be only crumbs of popcorn,
a blue ring in the tub, an empty
toilet paper roll, black mold
misted on old sponges,

strands of hair woven into
carpet, a warped door
that won’t open, the soft spot
in an avocado, celery, a pear,

a metallic taste in the beer, a cold sore
on your lip—and when I finally lose my hold
you will hear a rustle and watch me spill
grains of rice across the cracked tile.

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