31 May 2011

                  The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
                  Marianne Moore

Joshua Tree by Sandy Redding


30 May 2011

                           H δύναμή σου πέλαγο κι η θέλησή μου βράχος...

                           Διονύσιος Σολωμός

                          Your strength an ocean and my will a rock...

                           Dionysios Solomos

29 May 2011

no. 14
Mark Rothko No. 14

                      The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

                           You will not be able to stay home, brother.
                           You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
                           You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
                           Skip out for beer during commercials,
                           Because the revolution will not be televised.
                          The revolution will not be televised.
                          The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox
                          In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.
                          The revolution will not show you pictures of Nixon
                          blowing a bugle and leading a charge by John
                          Mitchell, General Abrams and Spiro Agnew to eat
                          hog maws confiscated from a Harlem sanctuary.
                          The revolution will not be televised.

                           Gil Scott-Heron

  The human being is flesh and consciousness, body and soul; 
his heart is an abyss which can only be filled by that which is godly.
Olivier Messiaen

Osceola Refetoff, Giacometti Sculptures - MOCA - Los Angeles, CA      http://www.ospix.com/

                 I Am The People, The Mob

                I AM the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass.
                Do you know that all the great work of the world is
                done through me?
                I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the
                world's food and clothes.
                I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons
                come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And
                then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
                I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand
                for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
                I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted.
                I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and
                makes me work and give up what I have. And I
                Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red
                drops for history to remember. Then--I forget.
                When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the
                People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer
                forget who robbed me last year, who played me for
                a fool--then there will be no speaker in all the world
                say the name: "The People," with any fleck of a
                sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.
                The mob--the crowd--the mass--will arrive then.

                 Carl Sandburg

Sotiris Sorongas

                                  Σοφοί δε Προσιόντων

                                             Θεοί μεν γαρ μελλόντων, άνθρωποι δε γιγνομένων,
                                             σοφοί δε προσιόντων αισθάνονται.

                                             Φιλόστρατος, Τα ες τον Τυανέα Aπολλώνιον, VΙΙΙ, 7

                                 Οι άνθρωποι γνωρίζουν τα γινόμενα.
                                 Τα μέλλοντα γνωρίζουν οι θεοί,
                                 πλήρεις και μόνοι κάτοχοι πάντων των φώτων.
                                 Εκ των μελλόντων οι σοφοί τα προσερχόμενα
                                 αντιλαμβάνονται. Η ακοή

                                 αυτών κάποτε εν ώραις σοβαρών σπουδών
                                 ταράττεται. Η μυστική βοή
                                 τούς έρχεται των πλησιαζόντων γεγονότων.
                                 Και την προσέχουν ευλαβείς. Ενώ εις την οδόν
                                 έξω, ουδέν ακούουν οι λαοί.

                                 Κ.Π. Καβάφης
                                (Από τα Ποιήματα 1897-1933, Ίκαρος 1984) 

                            But the Wise Perceive Things about to Happen

                                              “For the gods perceive future things,
                                               ordinary people things in the present, but
                                               the wise perceive things about to happen.”
                                               Philostratos, Life of Apollonios of Tyana, viii, 7.

                                Ordinary people know what’s happening now,
                                the gods know future things
                                because they alone are totally enlightened.
                                Of what’s to come the wise perceive
                                things about to happen.

                                Sometimes during moments of intense study
                                their hearing’s troubled: the hidden sound
                                of things approaching reaches them,
                                and they listen reverently, while in the street outside
                                the people hear nothing whatsoever.

                                C. P. Cavafis

27 May 2011

love is a tree

                             Love is a Tree

                             The intellectual is always showing off,

                             the lover is always getting lost.

                             The intellectual runs away.

                             afraid of drowning;

                             the whole business of love

                             is to drown in the sea.

                             Intellectuals plan their repose;

                             lovers are ashamed to rest.

                             The lover is always alone.

                             even surrounded by people;

                             like water and oil, he remains apart.

                             The man who goes to the trouble

                             of giving advice to a lover

                             get nothing. He's mocked by passion.

                             Love is like musk. It attracts attention.

                             Love is a tree, and the lovers are its shade.


Paul Gauguin



                             Get out of my walled infinity

                             Of the star circle round my heart

                             Of my mouthful of sun

                             Get out of the comic sea of my blood

                             Of my flow of my ebb

                             Get out of my stranded silence

                             Get out I said get out

                             Get out of my living abyss

                             Of the bare father-tree within me

                             Get out how long must I cry get out

                             Get out of my bursting head

                             Get out just get out

                             Vasko Popa


25 May 2011

"Look!" I cried. "Look at my face! Doesn't anybody know me?"


The Execution

by Alden Nowlan

On the night of the execution
a man at the door
mistook me for the coroner.
"Press," I said.

But he didn't understand. He led me
into the wrong room
where the sheriff greeted me:
"You're late, Padre."

"You're wrong," I told him. "I'm Press."
"Yes, of course, Reverend Press."
We went down a stairway.

"Ah, Mr. Ellis," said the Deputy.
"Press!" I shouted. But he shoved me
through a black curtain.
The lights were so bright
I couldn't see the faces
of the men sitting
opposite. But, thank God, I thought
they can see me!

"Look!" I cried. "Look at my face!
Doesn't anybody know me?"

Then a hood covered my head.
"Don't make it harder for us," the hangman whispered.

Alden Nowlan was born into rural poverty in Stanley, Nova Scotia close to the small town of Windsor, Nova Scotia along a stretch of dirt road that he would later refer to as Desolation Creek. His father, Gordon Freeman Nowlan, worked sporadically as a manual labourer.
His mother, Grace Reese, was only 15 years of age when Nowlan was born, and she soon left the family, leaving Alden and her younger daughter Harriet, to the care of their paternal grandmother. The family discouraged education as a waste of time, and Nowlan left school after only four grades. At the age of 14, he went to work in the village sawmill. At the age of 16, Nowlan discovered the regional library. Each weekend he would walk or hitchhike eighteen miles to the library to get books, and secretly began to educate himself. "I wrote (as I read) in secret." Nowlan remembered. "My father would as soon have seen me wear lipstick."


23 May 2011

Facing you I have seen the blood
of Spain rise up
to drown you in one single wave
of pride and knives!

behold my dead house,
behold Spain destroyed:
yet instead of flowers from every dead house
burning metal flows,
yet from every hollow of Spain
Spain flows,
yet from every dead child rises a rifle with eyes,
yet from every crime bullets are born
that one day will find the target
of your heart.

You will ask why his poetry
doesn't speak to us of dreams, of the leaves,
of the great volcanoes of his native land?

Come and see the blood in the streets,
come and see
the blood in the streets,
come and see the blood
in the streets!

Pablo Neruda


Christian Luna, Spain 2011

we find...

Eyes open
eyes shut

we find

even in disgust
in the abyss and 
in the boredom
we find.

Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, 1913- 1951)

Henry Moore sculpture, photo by Timo Erkilli


                             Man looks at everything in terms of human interest:
                             to such an extent
                             that he does not comprehend things for themselves;
                             to nature he is useless;
                             he uses it, without being able
                             to render it the least service.


21 May 2011

... the artist picks his way along, rejecting and accepting as he goes


Thank you, Olivier...


      My faith is the grand drama of my life. 

I'm a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith. 

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, 
make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, 
and paint colors for those who see none.

    Olivier Messiaen

                   I am brutal, but I have, or did have, a mania for precision.—Valéry to André Gide

Pawel Pierscinski

Ἔχω δεῖ τὸν οὐρανό...

Ἔχω δεῖ τὸν οὐρανὸ μὲ τὰ μάτια μου
Μὲ τὰ μάτια μου ἄνοιξα τὰ μάτια του
Μὲ τὴ γλῶσσα μου μίλησε
Γίναμε ἀδελφοὶ καὶ κουβεντιάσαμε
Στρώσαμε τραπέζι καὶ δειπνήσαμε
Σὰν νὰ ἦταν ὁ καιρὸς ὅλος μπροστά μας
Καὶ θυμᾶμαι τὸν ἥλιο ποὺ γελοῦσε
Πού γελοῦσε καὶ δάκρυζε θυμᾶμαι

Γιώργος Σαραντάρης


                  Man... the human person...the free individual...the I...
                  at once torturer and victim...at once hunter and prey...
                 Francis Ponge
                 Reflections on the Statuettes,
                 Figures and Paintings of Alberto Giacometti


Brett Weston

                                The Thought Fox

                               I imagine this midnight moment's forest:
                               Something else is alive
                               Beside the clock's loneliness
                               And this blank page where my fingers move.

                               Through the window I see no star:
                               Something more near
                               Though deeper within darkness
                               Is entering the loneliness:

                               Cold, delicately as the dark snow
                               A fox's nose touches twig, leaf;
                               Two eyes serve a movement, that now
                               And again now, and now, and now

                               Sets neat prints into the snow
                               Between trees, and warily a lame
                               Shadow lags by stump and in hollow
                               Of a body that is bold to come

                               Across clearings, an eye,
                               A widening deepening greenness,
                               Brilliantly, concentratedly,
                               Coming about its own business

                               Till, with a sudden sharp hot stink of fox
                               It enters the dark hole of the head.
                               The window is starless still; the clock ticks,
                               The page is printed.

                               Ted Hughes (1930-1998)

                                    spotted feather was blown to my feet        i kept that
                                    feather and put it in my pocket with a sigh and
                                    a flutter of my eye.

                                    Olivia Melusine de Haulleville (OM)


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