Wandering in Woodacre – 19 December 2020

This Date in Art History: Died 19 December 1851 – J. M. W. Turner, and English painter, printmaker, and watercolorist.

Below – “Rain, Steam and Speed – The Great Western Railway”: “The Fighting Temeraire, tugged to her last berth to be broken. up”; “Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth”; “Valley of Aosta: Snowstorm, Avalanche and Thunderstorm”; “Northern Castle, Sunrise”; “The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons.”

A Poem for Today

by Sagawa Chika (Japanese, 1911-1936)

Seasons change their gloves
The three o’clock
Trace of sun
Of flower petals that bury the pavement
A black and white screen
Eyes are covered by clouds
Evening sets on some promiseless day

This Date in Art History: Born 19 December 1928 – Nathan Oliveira, an American painter and sculptor.

Below – “Figure with Blue Eyes”; “Blue and White Hawk”; “Pessoa’s Sleigh II”; “Standing Figure”; “Man Walking” ; “Spring Nude.”

A Poem for Today

“The Everything of Everything”
by Shu Cai (Chinese, born 1965)

Slowly. The everything of everything
in the drawers of memory

will find its own place.
After lightning ends, the sky is empty again.

Thunder’s accomplice will perhaps be in the next moment.
The sound of thunder doesn’t necessarily know.

The hand of the river’s flow that Nature extends
is also spinning the prayer wheel for emptiness.

Human beings? They have different worries.
The gaze can never rise beyond the forehead.

Just stitch one good poem, in the heart’s apex—
as good as the six-word mantra.

Our train is the same spring-summer-autumn-winter train,
heading to an unnamed future.

How many peaks as tall as the sky still can’t be climbed?
How many creatures anxiously wish to plunge into the mother’s womb?

Slowly, everything slips toward another everything . . .
and everyone will surely make way for another.

Slowly. The everything
of everything: is nothingness!

Below – Cristina Velina: “Momentum into nothingness” (photograph)

Contemporary Finnish Art – Dasha Pears

Below (photographs) – “Drift”; “Image Music – Blue – Jimmy Sax – Worakls”; “Fiction”; “In and Out”; “Me and Myself”; “Fly.”

A Poem for Today

“My Eyes”
by Anzai Hitoshi (Japanese, 1919 – 1994)

My eyes are the driving-mirror
In the cab of an all-night truck:
They watch time’s headlights
Crowding up behind me.

Contemporary Indian Art – Vasuki Shankar

Below – “First light over Himalaya”; “Himalaya”; “Still life – oranges”; “Ladakh”; “Drang Drung Glacier”; “Himalaya”; “still life – fruits”; “Sunrise over Himalaya.”

A Poem for Today

“78 RPM”
by Jeff Daniel Marion

n the back of the junkhouse
stacked on a card table covered
by a ragged bedspread, they rest,
black platters whose music once
crackled, hissed with a static
like shuffling feet, fox trot or two-step,
the slow dance of the needle
riding its merry-go-round,
my mother’s head nestled
on my father’s shoulder as they
turned, lost in the sway of sounds,
summer nights and faraway
places, the syncopation of time
waltzing them to a world
they never dreamed, dance
of then to the dust of now.

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