Sentient in San Francisco – 7 June 2020

Contemporary German Art – Dietrich Moravec: Part I of II.

Below – “Floating Grapes”; “River Bend In The Park”; “Blueberry Twig”; “Footpath To The Forest”; “Blackberry”; “The Solitaire #2.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 7 June 1954 – Louise Erdrich, a Native American novelist, poet, author of “The Round House,” and recipient of the National Book Award.

Some quotes from the work of Louise Erdrich:

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning.” “You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart.”
“What happens when you let an unsatisfactory present go on long enough? It becomes your entire history.”
“So what is wild? What is wilderness? What are dreams but an internal wilderness and what is desire but a wildness of the soul?”
“Time is the water in which we live, and we breathe it like fish. … Time pours into us and then pours out again. In between the two pourings we live our destiny.”
“Be lovely and do no harm.”

Contemporary German Art – Dietrich Moravec: Part II of II.

Below – “Three Cherries On Faux Marble”; “Berry Selection II”; “Chilis, Limes and Garlic”; “Ruby Cargo”; “Red Grapes”; “Peach Dressed In Green.”

A Poem for Today

“In My Dreams”
by Stevie Smith

In my dreams I am always saying goodbye and riding away,
Whither and why I know not nor do I care.
And the parting is sweet and the parting over is sweeter,
And sweetest of all is the night and the rushing air.

In my dreams they are always waving their hands and saying goodbye,
And they give me the stirrup cup and I smile as I drink,
I am glad the journey is set, I am glad I am going,
I am glad, I am glad, that my friends don’t know what I think.

Below- Doris Schmitz: “In my Dreams I”

Contemporary British Art – Patrick Morales-Lee

Below – “Keep Sweet”; “Ordinance No.2”; “Peak”; “Holy Garment”; “Seers”; “Covet.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 7 June 1967 – Dorothy Parker, an American writer, poet, critic, and satirist.

Some quotes from the work of Dorothy Parker:

“Of course I talk to myself. I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience.”
“Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.”
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.”
“I like to have a martini/Two at the very most/After three I’m under the table/After four I’m under my host.”
“If you want to know what God thinks about money, just look at the people He gives it to.”
“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”
“The only dependable law of life – everything is always worse than you thought it was going to be.”
“If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?”
“A hangover is the wrath of grapes.”
“That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.”

Contemporary Spanish Art – Chelsea Davine

Below – “Looking West with Gold”; “Blue Mountain (portrait)”; “Moonlit Forest”; “Looking West with Blue”; “Full Circle.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 7 June 1917 – Gwendolyn Brooks, an American poet and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“The Crazy Woman”
by Gwendolyn Brooks

I shall not sing a May song.
A May song should be gay.
I’ll wait until November
And sing a song of gray.

I’ll wait until November
That is the time for me.
I’ll go out in the frosty dark
And sing most terribly.

And all the little people
Will stare at me and say,
“That is the Crazy Woman
Who would not sing in May.”

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