Sentient in San Francisco – 19 September 2019

This Date in Art History: Died 19 November 1949 – James Ensor, a Belgian painter and printmaker.

Below – “The Rower”; “Intrigue”; “La Naissance de Vénus”; “Afternoon in Ostend”; “The Oyster Eater”; “The Man of Sorrows.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 19 November 2011 – Ruth Stone, an award-winning American poet.

“The Porch”
by Ruth Stone

Whatsoever comes to the screen,
firefly or moth,
I lean back in the wicker chair,
the porch my fragile skin
between me
and the gorgeous open maw,
the suckling swallowing world.

Contemporary German Art – Karoline Kroiß: Part I of III.

Below – “Thinking of…”; “thinking of…”; “white dress”; “Golden”; “far away”; “Back portrait with black patterned shirt.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 19 November 1899 – Allen Tate, an award-winning American poet and critic.

by Allen Tate

I’ve often wondered why she laughed
On thinking why I wondered so;
It seemed such waste that long white hands
Should touch my hands and let them go.

And once when we were parting there,
Unseen of anything but trees,
I touched her fingers, thoughtfully,
For more than simple niceties.

But for some futile things unsaid
I should say all is done for us;
Yet I have wondered how she smiled
Beholding what was cavernous.

Below – Edward Munch: “Separation”

Contemporary German Art – Karoline Kroiß: Part II of III.

Below – “girl dreaming”; “red dots”; “girl dreaming”; “thinking of…”; “Golden dot”; “Sideways glance.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 19 November 1931 – Xu Zhimo, a Chinese poet and translator.

by Xu Zhimo

I am a cloud in the sky,
A chance shadow on the wave of your heart.
Don’t be surprised,
Or too elated;
In an instant I shall vanish without trace.

We meet on the sea of dark night,
You on your way, I on mine.
Remember if you will,
Or, better still, forget
The light exchanged in this encounter.

Contemporary German Art – Karoline Kroiß: Part III of III.

Below – “Golden”; “how does it feel like?”; “tin can telephone”; “stripes”; “painting red dots”; “Bridge.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 19 November 1942 – Sharon Olds, an American poet and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“The Unborn”
by Sharon Olds

Sometimes I can almost see, around our heads,
Like gnats around a streetlight in summer,
The children we could have,
The glimmer of them.

Sometimes I feel them waiting, dozing
In some antechamber – servants, half-
Listening for the bell.

Sometimes I see them lying like love letters
In the Dead Letter Office

And sometimes, like tonight, by some black
Second sight I can feel just one of them
Standing on the edge of a cliff by the sea
In the dark, stretching its arms out
Desperately to me.

Below – Dan Leasure: “Moonlight Decision”

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