Sentient in San Francisco – 19 December 2019

This Date in Art History: Born 19 December 1928 – Nathan Oliviera, an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker.

Below – “Head Three” (bronze); “Blue and White Hawk”; “African Runner”; “Pessoa’s Sleigh II”; “Nude with Red Leg”; “White Shaman”; “Reclining Nude with Crossed Legs.”


This Date in Literary History: Died 19 December 1848 – Emily Bronte, an English novelist, poet, and author of”Wuthering Heights”: Part I of II.

Some quotes from the work of Emily Bronte:

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
“Thoughts are tyrants that return again and again to torment us.”
“I have fled my country and gone to the heather.”
“If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results.”
“I have dreamed in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.”
“I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading:
It vexes me to choose another guide:
Where the grey flocks in ferny glens are feeding;
Where the wild wind blows on the mountain-side.”

Contemporary Ukrainian Art – Maria Backer: Part I of II.

Below- “Children’s stories/Self-Portrait”; “Hiding places”; “memoria”; “kiss”; “presence.”


This Date in Literary History: Died 19 December 1848 – Emily Bronte, an English novelist, poet, and author of”Wuthering Heights”: Part II of II.

“I know not how it falls on me”
by Emily Bronte

I know not how it falls on me,
This summer evening, hushed and lone;
Yet the faint wind comes soothingly
With something of an olden tone.

Forgive me if I’ve shunned so long
Your gentle greeting, earth and air!
But sorrow withers even the strong,
And who can fight against despair?

Below – Sergey Lutsenko: “Summer Evening”

Contemporary Ukrainian Art – Maria Backer: Part II of II.

Below – “Tenistaya”; “Tokio”; “The Wing”; “Dialog”; “no name.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 19 December 1901 – Oliver La Farge, an American writer, anthropologist, author of “Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story,” and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Three quotes from “Laughing Boy”:

“With you I could live, without you I was already dead.”
“When the sun has been destroyed for a man, what comfort is there in a world of moonlight?”
“Why should he worry himself about this woman? And why should he worry about anything else as long as he had this woman?”

Contemporary American Art – Matthias Lupri

Below – “A Winter’s Falling Grace”; “The Trees of A Winter Creek Past II”; “Forest Iceland Dark”; “A Timetower After Eight”; “A Time Remembered.”


A Poem for Today

“Coins”
by Richard Newman

My change: a nickel caked with finger grime;
two nicked quarters not long for this life, worth
more for keeping dead eyes shut than bus fare;
a dime, shining in sunshine like a new dime;
grubby pennies, one stamped the year of my birth,
no brighter than I from 40 years of wear.

What purses, piggy banks, and window sills
have these coins known, their presidential heads
pinched into what beggar’s chalky palm–
they circulate like tarnished red blood cells,
all of us exchanging the merest film
of our lives, and the lives of those long dead.

And now my turn in the convenience store,
I hand over my fist of change, still warm,
to the bored, lip-pierced check-out girl, once more
to be spun down cigarette machines, hurled
in fountains, flipped for luck–these dirty charms
chiming in the dark pockets of the world.

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