Wandering in Woodacre – 16 September 2020

Contemporary British Art – Robert Owen Bloomfield

Below – “Thora”; “Immaculata”; “Hypatia”; “Nyx”; “Kazuki”; “still peaks.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 16 September 1925 – John Knowles, an award-winning American novelist and author of “A Separate Peace.”

Some quotes from the work of John Knowles:

“There was no harm in taking aim, even if the target was a dream.”
“Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person “’he world today’ or ‘life’ or ‘reality’ he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past. The world, through his unleashed emotions, imprinted itself upon him, and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever.”
“It seemed clear that wars were not made by generations and their special stupidities, but that wars were made instead by something ignorant in the human heart”
“I began to know that each morning reasserted the problems of night before, that sleep suspended all but changed nothing, that you couldn’t make yourself over between dawn and dusk.”
“It is a sad day when one looks back and sees that his largest regrets have become some of the most integral elements of his dreams.”
“What I mean is, I love winter, and when you really love something, then it loves you back, in whatever way it has to love.”

Contemporary Cypriot Art – Salma Alhabash

Below – “My Center”; “Japanese Temples #1”; “Lady in A Geisha Costume”; “Andriana by The Pool #1”; “Sailboats”; “Fairuz.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 16 September 1984 – Richard Brautigan, an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

“Haiku Ambulance”
by Richard Brautigan

A piece of green pepper
off the wooden salad bowl:
so what?

Contemporary Croatian Art – Lena Kramaric: Part I of II.

Below – “Snow Keeper”; “Day-Night”; “Golden goose”; “(Summer is over) My kind of summer”; “L152”; “strange fairy tale.”

Musings in Summer: Plato

“The object of education is to teach us to love what is beautiful.”

Below – Clare Winslow: “Japanese Temple by the Sea”

Contemporary Croatian Art – Lena Kramaric: Part II of II.

Below – “Season changes”; “CR1/half and half”; “Another media, another technique, same author”; “Transformation pending (on the ice) / Potentially me”; “Mood swings”; “Treasure.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 16 September 2004 – Michael Donaghy, an award-winning American-English poet.

“The Present”
by Michael Donaghy

For the present there is just one moon,
though every level pond gives back another.

But the bright disc shining in the black lagoon,
perceived by astrophysicist and lover,

is milliseconds old. And even that light’s
seven minutes older than its source.

And the stars we think we see on moonless nights
are long extinguished. And, of course,

this very moment, as you read this line,
is literally gone before you know it.

Forget the here-and-now. We have no time
but this device of wantonness and wit.

Make me this present then: your hand in mine,
and we’ll live out our lives in it.

Below – sven duChoudry: “Moonlight Geometry”

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