Wandering in Woodacre – 9 October 2020

This Date in Art/Literary History: Born 9 October 1947 – John Doubleday, an English sculptor and painter.

Below- John Doubleday is the artist who has created the only public seated statue of Sherlock Holmes. It is located in Meiringen, Switzerland, close to Reichenbach Falls, where Holmes had his final confrontation with his nemesis Professor Moriarty.

A Poem for Today

“How happy is the little stone”
by Emily Dickinson

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears—
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity—

Contemporary Bulgarian Art – Alexander Titorenkov

Below- “Seashore”; “Reflections”; “Seascape I”; “Blue Tree”; “Seascape with Horse”; “Marbles with Cherries.”

A Poem for Today

“Ode on Melancholy”
by John Keats

No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist
Wolf’s-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss’d
By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;
Make not your rosary of yew-berries,
Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be
Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
A partner in your sorrow’s mysteries;
For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.

But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies;
Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,
Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,
And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.

She dwells with Beauty—Beauty that must die;
And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips
Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh,
Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips:
Ay, in the very temple of Delight
Veil’d Melancholy has her sovran shrine,
Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue
Can burst Joy’s grape against his palate fine;
His soul shalt taste the sadness of her might,
And be among her cloudy trophies hung.

Below – Edvard Munch: “Melancholy”

Contemporary Irish Art – Cathal Gallagher

Below – “Into The Blue”; “Picking Pebbles”; “Into Forever”; “Walking on Golden Sands”; “Doolin Seas”; “Sunset on Waterville”; “Waterville Sunset.”

This Date in Literary History: Died 9 October 2014 – Carolyn Kizer, an American poet and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

“Amusing Our Daughters”
by Carolyn Kizer

after Po Chu-i
for Robert Creeley

We don’t lack people here on the Northern coast,
But they are people one meets, not people one cares for.
So I bundle my daughters into the car
And with my brother poets, go to visit you, brother.

Here come your guests! A swarm of strangers and children;
But the strangers write verses, the children are daughters like yours.
We bed down on mattresses, cots, roll up on the floor:
Outside, burly old fruit trees in mist and rain;
In every room, bundles asleep like larvae.

We waken and count our daughters. Otherwise, nothing happens.
You feed them sweet rolls and melon, drive them all to the zoo;
Patiently, patiently, ever the father, you answer their questions.
Later, we eat again, drink, listen to poems.
Nothing occurs, though we are aware you have three daughters
Who last year had four. But even death becomes part of our ease:
Poems, parenthood, sorrow, all we have learned
From these of tenderness, holds us together
In the center of life, entertaining daughters
By firelight, with cake and songs.

You, my brother, are a good and violent drinker,
Good at reciting short-line or long-line poems.
In time we will lose all our daughters, you and I,
Be temperate, venerable, content to stay in one place,
Sending our messages over the mountains and waters.

Below – Florian-Ayala Fauna: “daughter of the woods”


Contemporary American Art – Travis K Schwab

Below – “The Drifter”; “Golden Girl”; “Lexy with Plants”; “The Sea”; “Fake Still Life”; “Funeral (I).”

A Poem for Today

“Portraits”
by Mark Irwin

Mother came to visit today. We
hadn’t seen each other in years. Why didn’t
you call? I asked. Your windows are filthy, she said. I know,
I know. It’s from the dust and rain. She stood outside.
I stood in, and we cleaned each one that way, staring into each other’s eyes,
rubbing the white towel over our faces, rubbing
away hours, years. This is what it was like
when you were inside me, she said. What? I asked,
though I understood. Afterwards, indoors, she smelled like snow
melting. Holding hands we stood by the picture window,
gazing into the December sun, watching the pines in flame.

Below – Elizaveta Zabelina: “Sunny Pines”

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