Wandering in Woodacre – 28 September 2020

Contemporary British Art – Tom Voyce

Below – “Winkworth Boathouse”; “Nadi Bay (Fiji)”; “Nadi Street View 4”; “Napier 4 (Blue Wall)”; “Studio Interior with Folded Chair”; “Morning Light in Lockdown.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 28 September 2016 – Gloria Naylor, an American novelist, author of “The Women of Brewster Place,” and recipient of the National Book Award.

Some quotes from the work of Gloria Naylor:

“Time’s passage through the memory is like molten glass that can be opaque or crystalize at any given moment at will: a thousand days are melted into one conversation, one glance, one hurt, and one hurt can be shattered and sprinkled over a thousand days. It is silent and elusive, refusing to be dammed and dripped out day by day; it swirls through the mind while an entire lifetime can ride like foam on the deceptive, transparent waves and get sprayed onto the conciousness at ragged, unexpected intervals. ”
“But I don’t believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or to make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel.”
“Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.”
“Time is a funny thing. I was always puzzled with the way a single day could stretch itself out to the point of eternity in your mind, all while years melted down into the fraction of a second.”
“Life’s too short to spend time trying to explain the obvious to an idiot.”
“You can lose a lot when you travel too much.”

Contemporary South Korean Art – Kim Byungkwan

Below – “Vague Girl”; “Phantasm_12”; “CAJ#009”; “wind”; “Owl”; “Second Layer_9.”


This Date in Cinematic History: Died 28 September 1964 – Arthur “Harpo” Marx, an American comedian, actor, mime, musician, and member of the comedy team The Marx Brothers.

Some quotes from Harpo Marx:

Contemporary American Art – Kathryn Mecca

Below – “Ariel Pink”; “Chinatown Subway”; “Alex & Ada”; ““Naples”; “Yellow Jacket”; “Midtown Legs.”


A Poem for Today

“Holiday Concert”
by Maryann Corbett

Forgive us. We have dragged them into the night
in taffeta dresses, in stiff collars and ties,
with the wind damp, the sleet raking their cheeks,

to school lunchrooms fitted with makeshift stages
where we will sit under bad fluorescent lighting
on folding chairs, and they will sing and play.

We will watch the first grader with little cymbals,
bending her knees, hunched in concentration
while neighbors snicker at her ardent face.

Forgive us. We will hear the seventh-grade boy
as his voice finally loses its innocence
forever, at the unbearable solo moment

and know that now, for years, he will wince at the thought
of singing, yet will ache to sing, in silence,
silence even to the generation to come

with its night, its sleet, its hideous lunchroom chairs.

Contemporary Canadian Art – Charlotte Evans

Below – “glide”; “glow”; “in pairs”; “hidden friends”; “row”; “swallow.”


A Poem for Today

“Seed”
by Kathleen Driskell

In first grade, you met Squanto,
nearly naked and
on his haunches, showing
those thick-headed pilgrims
how one must plant fish
to grow maize. And in autumn
you dove into the lobotomized
pumpkin, into the gooey pulp
and seeds, raising a clump
like a slimy chandelier
from the Titanic. And now
in late summer, daughter,
you smile, holding a ripe watermelon,
cut in half, exposing the black
seed within its bright red heart.
Your melon. How proud you are
to think you grew this delicious
thing all on your own.

Below – Magdalena Kalieva: “Cut watermelon”

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