Archives for the month of: May, 2014

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In Flanders Fields 1915 John McCrae

Especially appropriate since this is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the horrors of the First World War

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

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Chichester Canal 1828 J.M.W. Turner



Chichester Canal 1828 J.M.W. Turner

Turner was one of the first artists whose work I loved and sought out. I was able to visit the Tate Gallery in the late 70s and made a beeline, as I remember, for the Turners (I remember seeing a Lichtenstein too, and being impressed by it, but pop art, at least in some respects, is easy). I can’t tell you what it was that attracted me to Turner’s work. I was very young, not at all literate as far as art goes. Maybe it was the ships and trains which figure in some of his better known works. But I think it was the light. Just look at his use of light in the above painting. In a sense it is nothing BUT light. The impressionists, rightly so, are acclaimed for the light which suffuses many of their works. I am not well versed in art history, but I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them studied Turner’s works and were inspired by them.

It is a special experience to be awake and alive each morning as the world wakes up. From absence to presence. It happens on a daily basis, and we have all experienced it, but it’s easy to forget how amazing it is. (image from http://danhawk.com/danhawk/2012/07/08/clover-sunrise)

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Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.Everyone have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy. Rumi’s importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats. He has been described as the “most popular poet in America” and the “best selling poet in the US”.

Rumi’s works are written in Persian and his Mathnawi remains one of the purest literary glories of Persia, and one of the crowning glories of the Persian language.

The words of Rumi are so deep, so perfect, so touching, that when one man repeats them hundreds and thousands of people are moved to tears. They cannot help penetrating the heart.

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