Wandering in Woodacre – 26 October 2020

This Date in Art History: Born 26 October 1871 – Guillermo Kahlo, a Mexican photographer and father of Frida Kahlo.

Below – Frida Kahlo (born 1907; photograph taken in 1926); three photographs of Frida Kahlo taken in the 1910s to the 1930s); Matilda, Adriana, Frida, and Cristina Kahlo; Matilda Calderon y Gonzalez;
Guillermo Kahlo.

This Date in Literary History: Died 26 October 1927 – Yagi Jukichi, a Japanese poet.

“Because one calls”
by Yagi Jukichi

Because one calls,
Something appears.
Because one does not call,
Something disappears.

Below – Rick Kirby: “The Call” (sculpture)

Contemporary British Art – Louise Howard

Below – “Coronation”; “Siren song”; “Powder Blue”; “Carnival”; “Deliver”; “Endangered species.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 October 1952 – Andrew Motion, an English poet and Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009: Part I of II.

“Anne Frank Huis”
by Andrew Motion

Even now, after twice her lifetime of grief
and anger in the very place, whoever comes
to climb these narrow stairs, discovers how
the bookcase slides aside, then walks through
shadow into sunlit room, can never help

but break her secrecy again. Just listening
is a kind of guilt: the Westerkirk repeats
itself outside, as if all time worked round
towards her fear, and made each stroke
die down on guarded streets. Imagine it—

four years of whispering, and loneliness,
and plotting, day by day, the Allied line
in Europe with a yellow chalk. What hope
she had for ordinary love and interest
survives her here, displayed above the bed

as pictures of her family; some actors;
fashions chosen by Princess Elizabeth.
And those who stoop to see them find
not only patience missing its reward,
but one enduring wish for chances

like my own: to leave as simply
as I do, and walk at ease
up dusty tree-lined avenues, or watch
a silent barge come clear of bridges
settling their reflections in the blue canal.

Below – A photograph of a section of Anne Frank’s hiding place.

Contemporary Australian Art – Loui Jover

Below – “blue swallow”; “a little love and hope”; “all about”; “matisse at night”; “past present future”; “flowers”; “tranquilities hope”; “blindfold.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 26 October 1952 – Andrew Motion, an English poet and Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009: Part II of II.

“Losses”
by Andrew Motion

General Petraeus, when the death-count of American troops
in Iraq was close to 3,800, said ‘The truth is you never do get
used to losses. There is a kind of bad news vessel with holes,

and sometimes it drains, then it fills up, then it empties again’—
leaving, in this particular case, the residue of a long story
involving one soldier who, in the course of his street patrol,

tweaked the antenna on the TV in a bar hoping for baseball,
but found instead the snowy picture of men in a circle talking,
all apparently angry and perhaps Jihadists. They turned out to be

reciting poetry. ‘My life’, said the interpreter, ‘is like a bag of flour
thrown through wind into empty thorn bushes’. Then ‘No, no’, he said,
correcting himself. ‘Like dust in the wind. Like a hopeless man.’

Below – Amalia Wulan: “Hopeless”

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