Wandering in Woodacre – 13 September 2020

Contemporary Hungarian Art. – Peter Zelei

Below (photographs) – “Unbearable birdsong III”; “Vilhelm’s Dream III”; “Medea”; “Pictures at an Exhibition”; “Narcissa”; “Sky Mirror.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 13 September 1928 – Italo Svevo, an Italian writer, playwright, and author of “Zeno’s Conscience.”
Note: Italo Svevo was friends with James Joyce, who admired and praised his work. In fact, Svevo was the model for Leopold Bloom, the protagonist in Joyce’s monumental masterpiece “Ulysses.”

Some quotes from the work of Italo Svevo:

“The fancies of wine are authentic events.”
“You see things less clearly when you open your eyes too wide.”
“It is comfortable to live in the belief that you are great, though your greatness is latent.”
“Health doesn’t analyze itself, nor does it look at itself in the mirror. Only we sick people know something about ourselves.”
“Sorrow and love ― life, in other words ― cannot be considered a sickness because they hurt.”
“Unlike other sicknesses, life is always fatal. It doesn’t tolerate therapies. It would be like stopping the holes that we have in our bodies, believing them wounds. We would die of strangulation the moment we were treated.”
“The sun didn’t illuminate me! When you are old, you remain in shadow, even when you have wit.”

Contemporary British Art – Tania Coates

Below (photographs) – “Petrol Pump II”; “Trees on Beach VI”; “S.OS. Beach House”; “Trees on Beach III”; “Pentewan Beach 3.”

A Poem for Today

“One Light to Another”
by Jonathan Greene

The storm
turns off
the lights.

The lightning
lights the whereabouts
of the flashlight.

The flashlight
takes us to matches
and candles, the oil lamp.

Now we’re back,
the 19th century.

Below – Isabelle Carr: “Oil Lamp”

Contemporary Russian Art – Natalia Gorn: Part I of II.

Below – “Old Garages”; “Waiting for Coffee”; “The Roots”; “The Railway”; The Night Bus.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 13 September 1915 – Roald Dahl, an award-winning Welsh novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and author of “The Witches,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Matilda.”

Some quotes from the work of Roald Dahl:

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
“Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It’s made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!”
“Mr. Wonka: ‘Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.’
Charlie Bucket: ‘What happened?’
Mr. Wonka: ‘He lived happily ever after.”’”
“We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.”
“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.”

Contemporary Russian Art – Natalia Gorn: Part II of II.

Below – “4 A.M. Insomnia”; “The Statue”; “A Girl on the Shore”; “The Garden”; “Sunny Evening.”

A Poem for Today

by Heather Allen

So still at heart,
They respond like water
To the slightest breeze,
Rippling as one body,

And, as one mind,
Bend continually
To listen:
The perfect confidants,

They keep to themselves,
A web of trails and nests,
Burrows and hidden entrances—
Do not reveal

Those camouflaged in stillness
From the circling hawks,
Or crouched and breathless
At the passing of the fox.

Contemporary American Art – Erica Lambertson: Part I of II.

Below – “White Dress”; “Adrift”;“Gypsy Jazz”; “Cats & Lanterns”; “Night Parade”; “Rainy Day Picnic in Audubon Park.”

Musings in Summer: Sei Shonagon (Japanese, c. 966 – 1017 or 1025)

“How ever did I pass
the time before I knew you?
I think of that past time
as now I pass each passing day
in lonely sorrow, lacking you.”

Below – Brandon Scott: “Alone but my thoughts are with you”

Contemporary American Art – Erica Lambertson: Part II of II.

Below – “Women on a Raft”; Untitled; “Studio Shelf Still Life”; “Tree on a Hillside”; “Houseguest”; “Nights in the 9th Ward.”

A Poem for Today

“September Tomatoes”
by Karina Borowicz

The whiskey stink of rot has settled
in the garden, and a burst of fruit flies rises
when I touch the dying tomato plants.

Still, the claws of tiny yellow blossoms
flail in the air as I pull the vines up by the roots
and toss them in the compost.

It feels cruel. Something in me isn’t ready
to let go of summer so easily. To destroy
what I’ve carefully cultivated all these months.
Those pale flowers might still have time to fruit.

My great-grandmother sang with the girls of her village
as they pulled the flax. Songs so old
and so tied to the season that the very sound
seemed to turn the weather.

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