Wandering in Woodacre – 9 September 2020

This Date in Art History: Died 9 September 1901 – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a French painter and illustrator.

Below – “La toilette”; “The Laundress”; “At the Moulin Rouge”; “In Bed”; “At the Moulin Rouge (Two Women Waltzing)”; “Portrait of Vincent van Gogh.”
This Date in Literary History: Born 9 September 1911 – Paul Goodman, an award-winning American poet, playwright, critic, and author of “Growing Up Absurd”: Part I of II.

Some quotes from the work of Paul Goodman:

“Suppose you had the revolution you are talking and dreaming about. Suppose your side had won, and you had the kind of society you wanted. How would you live, you personally, in that society? Start living that way now!”
“The issue is not whether people are ‘good enough’ for a particular type of society; rather it is a matter of developing the kind of social institutions that are most conducive to expanding the potentialities we have for intelligence, grace, sociability and freedom.”
“Comedy is something that we can all share, no matter what language we speak or our background, it has the power to unite us all.”
“My own view, for what it’s worth, is that sexuality is lovely, there cannot be too much of it, it is self-limiting if it is satisfactory, and satisfaction diminishes tension and clears the mind for attention and learning.”
“Few great men would have got past personnel.”
“In America you can say anything you want – as long as it doesn’t have any effect.”
“The philosophic aim of education must be to get each one out of his isolated class and into the one humanity.”

Contemporary Greek Art – Nicki Panou

Below (photographs) – “a passage in time”; “the door”; “the inner tempest”; “house of mirrors”; “dreams expand”; “hamadryad”; “ticking away”; “train cemetery.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 9 September 1911 – Paul Goodman, an award-winning American poet, playwright, critic, and author of “Growing Up Absurd”: Part II of II. (Note: “The Lordly Hudson” is one of my favorite poems, because, while growing up in northern New Jersey, I had many opportunities to view this majestic river from the heights of the palisades. The heart is always touched by a homecoming, no matter how far or long it has traveled.)

“The Lordly Hudson”
by Paul Goodman

Driver, what stream is it?” I asked, well knowing
it was our lordly Hudson hardly flowing.
“It is our lordly Hudson hardly flowing,”
he said, under the green-grown cliffs.”

Be still, heart! No one needs
your passionate suffrage to select this glory,
this is our lordly Hudson hardly flowing
under the green-grown cliffs.

“Driver, has this a peer in Europe or the East?”
“No, no!” he said. Home! Home!
Be quiet, heart! This is our lordly Hudson
and has no peer in Europe or the east.

This is our lordly Hudson hardly flowing
under the green-grown cliffs
and has no peer in Europe or the East.
Be quiet, heart! Home! Home!

Contemporary Romanian Art – Oana Unciuleanu

Below – “The waves washing over half-forgotten memories”; “The yellow line”; ““The first steps”; “Winter”; “Where shadows dance.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 9 September 1828 – Leo Tolstoy, a Russian novelist and author of “Anna Karenina” and “War and Peace.”

Below – Some quotes from the work of Leo Tolstoy:

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”
“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.”
“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”
“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”

Contemporary American Art – Caren Keyser

Below – “Birch Trees”; “Lady in a White Hat”; “Softly in the Mountains”; “Girl in the Dress”; “Yellow Jacket”; “Girl in a Halter Top.”

A Poem for Today

by David Allan Evans

“Sixty Years Later I Notice, Inside A Flock of Blackbirds,”

the Venetian blinds
I dusted off

for my mother on
Saturday mornings,

closing, opening them
with the pull cord a few

times just to watch the outside
universe keep blinking,

as the flock suddenly
rises from November stubble,

hovers a few seconds,
closing, opening,

blinking, before it tilts,
then vanishes over a hill.

Below – Igor Vitomirov: “black birds”

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