Wandering in Woodacre – 5 May 2021

This Date in Art History: Died 5 May 1913 – Henry Moret, a French painter.

Below – “”Port Manech”; Île de Groix in the Snow”; “Lampaul Bay, Ushant”; “La cote de Moelan, Finistere”; “Rochers De Goulphar.”

5 May 2021: Happy Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) – Japan

Contemporary Ukrainian Art – Maria Shepelenko

Below – “Birthday table”; “Memories”; “Landscape that does not exist”; “Spring Garden”; “Night cherry tree”; “Spring.”

5 May 2021: Happy Cinco de Mayo – Mexico

Contemporary Canadian Art – Golriz Rezvani

Below – “Where everything ends”; “My Lost City”; “The Neighbor”; “Life”; “It’s complicated”; “Guardian”; “Helas!”; “White Scream.”

Birthday Poem

“A Birthday Poem”
by Ted Kooser

Just past dawn, the sun stands
with its heavy red head
in a black stanchion of trees,
waiting for someone to come
with his bucket
for the foamy white light,
and then a long day in the pasture.
I too spend my days grazing,
feasting on every green moment
till darkness calls,

and with the others
I walk away into the night,
swinging the little tin bell
of my name.

Contemporary British Art – Howard Mason

Below – “Mad World”; “Faye with Apples”; “Wild”; “Behind Closed Doors”; “Fading Away”; “Close Encounters.”

A Poem for Today

“What We Haven’t Read”
by Joseph Mills

We play the party game,
admitting what we haven’t read.
‘Jane Eyre’, ‘Madame Bovary’,
anything of Faulkner’s.
Amid mock gasps, we name titles
with a mix of embarrassment,
swagger, and relief
that we can finally reveal
how we never made it
more than twenty pages
into ‘Portrait of a Lady’,
‘Middlemarch’, ‘Moby Dick’.
We don’t bother pretending
we’ll get to them eventually.
We’re confessing, but unrepentant,
and then we begin to get serious:
the newspaper, warning labels,
the mortgage, legal contracts,
every Christmas card from her
for the last twenty years,
the letter he sent before he died,
the lab’s blood results last month
and this month and the next.

Silver Farley: “Books. Again.”

Contemporary American Art – Elena Zolotnitsky

Below – “Waiting”; “Girl in Pink Dress”; “Wilted (Milk bottle Valentines)”; “Spring”; “Red Couch”; “La Dolce Vita.”

A Poem for Today

by Ron Padgett

When I wake up earlier than you and you
are turned to face me, face
on the pillow and hair spread around,
I take a chance and stare at you,
amazed in love and afraid
that you might open your eyes and have
the daylights scared out of you.
But maybe with the daylights gone
you’d see how much my chest and head
implode for you, their voices trapped
inside like unborn children fearing
they will never see the light of day.
The opening in the wall now dimly glows
its rainy blue and gray. I tie my shoes
and go downstairs to put the coffee on.

Marcel Garbi: “Beyond words”

Contemporary American Art – Sophie Morro

Below – “The Introspection Pool”; “American Cake”; “Virtual Therapy”; “Slipping Into A Dream”; “L. A. Noir”; “Playing with Fire.”

Birthday Poem

“A Happy Birthday”
by Ted Kooser

This evening, I sat by an open window
And read till the light was gone and the book
was no more than a part of the darkness.
I could easily have switched on a lamp,
but I wanted to ride this day down into night,
to sit alone and smooth the unreadable page
with the pale gray ghost of my hand.

Below – Fritz Kinali Kumdakci: “Ghost hand”

Contemporary American Art – Viviane Silvera

Below – “Blue Horse”; “Summer Swing”; “On My Way”; “ Flowers Grow”; “At Piano”; “In Transition.”

Birthday Poem

“Counting Backwards”
by Linda Pastan

How did I get so old,
I wonder,
my 67th birthday.
Dyslexia smiles:
I’m 76 in fact.

There are places
where at 60 they start
counting backwards;
in Japan
they start again
from one.

But the numbers
hardly matter.
It’s the physics
of acceleration I mind,
the way time speeds up
as if it hasn’t guessed

the destination—
where look!
I see my mother
and father bearing a cake,
waiting for me
at the starting line.

Below – Rudolf Kosow: “Missing Piece”

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