Wandering in Woodacre- 23 October 2020

This Date in Art History: Born 23 October 1945 – Maggi Hambling, an English painter and sculptor.

Below – PAINTINGS: “The Mirror Bar”; “Wave Crest”; “View through a window”; “Barn owl hunting”; SCULPTURE: “Scallop”; “Big Wave.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 23 October 1942 – Douglas Dunn, a Scottish poet and critic.

“Anniversaries”
by Douglas Dunn

Day by nomadic day
Our anniversaries go by,
Dates anchored in an inner sky,
To utmost ground, interior clay.
It was September blue
When I walked with you first, my love,
In Roukenglen and Kelvingrove,
Inchinnan’s beech-wood avenue.
That day will still exist
Long after I have joined you where
Rings radiate the dusty air
And bangles bind each powdered wrist.
Here comes that day again.
What shall I do? Instruct me, dear,
Longanimous encourager,
Sweet soul in the athletic rain
And wife now to the weather.

Below – Federico Bebber: “a sad tale” (photograph)

Contemporary Australian Art – Chris Wake

Below -“Summer Light 5”; “Summer Light 1.”


Contemporary American Art – Olga Regina Doi-Kollegger

Below – “Kodomo no Ringo”; “Shouin: Incredible Light from the Sky”; “Kumi Uma: Dark Horse.”

A Poem for Today

“The Wood Road”
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

If I were to walk this way
Hand in hand with Grief,
I should mark that maple-spray
Coming into leaf.
I should note how the old burrs
Rot upon the ground.
Yes, though Grief should know me hers
While the world goes round,
It could not if truth be said
This was lost on me:
A rock-maple showing red,
Burrs beneath a tree.

Below – Edward Hopper: “Road and Trees”


Contemporary American Art – Karley D

Below- “Swimming”; “NYC at Night”; “Train in the City”; “The KingFisher.”

A Poem for Today

“A Shropshire Lad, XXXVI”
by A. E. Housman

White in the moon the long road lies,
The moon stands blank above;
White in the moon the long road lies
That leads me from my love.

Still hangs the hedge without a gust,
Still, still the shadows stay:
My feet upon the moonlit dust
Pursue the ceaseless way.

The world is round, so travellers tell,
And straight though reach the track,
Trudge on, trudge on, ’twill all be well,
The way will guide one back.

But ere the circle homeward hies
Far, far must it remove:
White in the moon the long road lies
That leads me from my love.

Below – Kathleen McDermott: “Night Road”

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