Wandering in Woodacre – 7 September 2020

Contemporary American Art – Albert Delamour

Below (photographs) – “The Blossom”;“Poppies Blues”; “Purple Alive”; “Dance II – Square”; “Immortelles”; “Cherry Blossom in 3.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 7 December 1962 – Jennifer Egan, an American novelist, short story writer, author of “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Some quotes from the work of JenniferEgan:

“Like all failed experiments, that one taught me something I didn’t expect: one key ingredient of so-called experience is the delusional faith that it is unique and special, that those included in it are privileged and those excluded from it are missing out.”
“I’m always happy,” Sasha said. “Sometimes I just forget.”
“The pause makes you think the song will end. And then the song isn’t really over, so you’re relieved. But then the song does actually end, because every song ends, obviously, and THAT. TIME. THE. END. IS. FOR. REAL.”
“Everybody sounds stoned, because they’re e-mailing people the whole time they’re talking to you.”
“You said you were a fairy princess
You said you were a shooting star
You said we’d go to Bora Bora
Now look at where the fuck we are”
“We stand there, quiet. My questions all seem wrong: How did you get so old? Was it all at once, in a day, or did you peter out bit by bit? When did you stop having parties? Did everyone else get old too, or was it just you? Are other people still here, hiding in the palm trees or holding their breath underwater? When did you last swim your laps? Do your bones hurt? Did you know this was coming and hide that you knew, or did it ambush you from behind?”
“Time’s a goon, right? You gonna let that goon push you around?” Scotty shook his head. “The goon won.”

Contemporary Austrian Art – Gitta Landgraf

Below – “Flowers in Light Blue”; “A summer day full of poppies”; “Blue impression”; “Flowers in the still of the night/No1”; “Flowers in the still of the night/No2.”

A Poem for Today

by Jennifer Gray

The neighbor’s horses idle
under the roof
of their three-sided shelter,
looking out at the rain.

one or another
will fade into the shadows
in the corner, maybe
to eat, or drink.

Still, the others stand,
blowing out their warm
breaths. Rain rattles
on the metal roof.

Their hoof prints
in the corral
open gray eyes to the sky,
and wink each time
another drop falls in.

Below – Lindsay Robinson: “Symmetry II”

Contemporary Mexican Art – Jvdas Berra

Below (photographs) – “Drowning Princess”; “Venus in The Sunlight”; “Autumn For The Elephants”; “Holy Grail.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 7 September 1962 – Isak Dinesen (pen mane of Karen Blixen), an award-winning Danish writer and author of “Out of Africa.”

Some quotes from the work of Isak Dinesen:

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”
“All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.”
“After a little while you became aware of how still it was out here. Now, looking back on my life in Africa, I feel like it might altogether be described as the existence of a person who had come from a rushed and noisy world, into a still country.”
“Camping-places fix themselves in your mind as if you had spent long periods of your life in them. You will remember the curve of your waggon track in the grass of the plain, like the features of a friend.”
“People work much in order to secure the future; I gave my mind much work and trouble, trying to secure the past.”
“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”

Contemporary American Art – Stella El

Below – “summer twilight”; “view 7”; “Always. in motion”; “Dreamy”; “Dawn”; “Summer Fridays.”

A Poem for Today: Izumi Shikibu (Japanese, c. 974 – c.1034)

translated by Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani

This fleeting world
of white dew,
fox fires, dreams –
all last long
compared with love.

Below – Liz-Izabel Osepaishvili -Nemtsova: “the fading of love” (photograph)

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