Wandering in Woodacre – 11 May 2021

This Date in Art History: Died 11 May 1967 – James Brewton, an American painter.

Below – Untitled (portrait of Edgar Allan Poe); “The American Dream-Girl”; “Saga Lulu”; Untitled (portrait of Charles Baudelaire); “Conie”; “Homage to Modi.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 11 May 1930 – Stanley Elkin, an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, satirist, author of “George Mills” and “Mrs. Ted Bliss,” and two-time recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Some quotes from the work of Stanley Elkin:

“Life’s tallest order is to keep the feelings up, to make two dollars’ worth of euphoria go the distance. And life can’t do that. So fiction does.”
“The peculiar dignity of men seen eating alone in restaurants on national holidays.”
“What a writer’s message is is totally unimportant. Either he is agreeing with life by affirming, or he is saying life is just a bowl of wormwood.”
“The fact that we die is one of the more interesting things that happen to us. Fiction ought to be about bottom lines, and that’s as bottom-line as you can get.”
“Even the sky a hybrid — here clean and black and starred, there roiling with a brusque signature of cloud or piled in strata like folded linen or the interior of rock.”


Contemporary American Art – Alicia Lopez

Below – “The colors of the sea 139”; “Closing in”; “The colors of the sea 120”; “The path 77”; “The colors of the sea 114”; “The colors of the sea 005.”


A Poem for Today

“Giving Up Smoking”
by Wendy Cope

There’s not a Shakespeare sonnet
Or a Beethoven quartet
That’s easier to like than you
Or harder to forget.

You think that sounds extravagant?
I haven’t finished yet—
I like you more than I would like
To have a cigarette.

Below – Stefan Petrunov: “woman with cigarette”

Contemporary American Art – Kris Krohn

Below – “Alchemy of Dreams”; “Violence in Wonderland”; “Time Machine”; “Red Decay”; “Cocktails on the Titanic”; “Land of Poetry.”


This Date in Literary History: Born 11 May 1911 – Rose Auslander, a Ukrainian-American poet.

“Love VI”
by Rose Auslander

We will meet again
in the lake
you as water
I as lotus blossom

You will carry me
I will drink you

We will belong to each other
in everyone’s sight

Even the stars
will be surprised
here are two beings
transformed back
into their dream
that chose them

Below – Antoinette Kelly: “Pull Of The Moon”

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