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A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

5 May 2013
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Sunday ambrosia … Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano

Sunday ambrosia … Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano

#books #eduardo galeano

3 May 2013
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Boléro ~ Sylvie Guillem

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#sylvie guillem #dance #ballet #maurice ravel

30 April 2013
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Lunar Baedeker
A silver Luciferservescocaine in cornucopiaTo some somnambulistsof adolescent thighsdrapedin satirical draperiesPeris in liveryprepareLethefor posthumous parvenuesDelirious Avenueslitwith the chandelier soulsof infusoriafrom Pharoah’s tombstonesleadto mercurial doomsdaysOdious oasisin furrowed phosphorous—-the eye-white sky-lightwhite-light districtof lunar lusts—-Stellectric signs“Wing shows on Starway”“Zodiac carrousel”Cyclonesof ecstatic dustand ashes whirlcrusadersfrom hallucinatory citadelsof shattered glassinto evacuate cratersA flock of dreams browse on NecropolisFrom the shoresof oval oceansin the oxidized OrientOnyx-eyed Odalisquesand ornithologistsobservethe flightof Eros obsoleteAnd “Immortality”mildews…in the museums of the moon“Nocturnal cyclops”“Crystal concubine”———-Pocked with personificationthe fossil virgin of the skieswaxes and wanes——

~ Mina Loy



Painting: Reflejo lunar (Lunar reflection) by Remedios Varo   ᔥ wiki

Lunar Baedeker

A silver Lucifer
serves
cocaine in cornucopia

To some somnambulists
of adolescent thighs
draped
in satirical draperies

Peris in livery
prepare
Lethe
for posthumous parvenues

Delirious Avenues
lit
with the chandelier souls
of infusoria
from Pharoah’s tombstones

lead
to mercurial doomsdays
Odious oasis
in furrowed phosphorous—-

the eye-white sky-light
white-light district
of lunar lusts

—-Stellectric signs
“Wing shows on Starway”
“Zodiac carrousel”

Cyclones
of ecstatic dust
and ashes whirl
crusaders
from hallucinatory citadels
of shattered glass
into evacuate craters

A flock of dreams
browse on Necropolis

From the shores
of oval oceans
in the oxidized Orient

Onyx-eyed Odalisques
and ornithologists
observe
the flight
of Eros obsolete

And “Immortality”
mildews…
in the museums of the moon

“Nocturnal cyclops”
“Crystal concubine”
———-
Pocked with personification
the fossil virgin of the skies
waxes and wanes——

~ Mina Loy

Painting: Reflejo lunar (Lunar reflection) by Remedios Varo wiki

#mina loy #poetry #remedios varo #surrealism

29 April 2013
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Because no one has more thirst for earth, for blood, and for ferocious sexuality than the creatures who inhabit cold mirrors.
~ Alejandra Pizarnik, 29 April 1936 - 25 September 1972

Photo: Alejandra Pizarnik, 1967   ᔥ  Perfil

Because no one has more thirst for earth, for blood, and for ferocious sexuality than the creatures who inhabit cold mirrors.

~ Alejandra Pizarnik, 29 April 1936 - 25 September 1972

Photo: Alejandra Pizarnik, 1967     Perfil

#faves #alejandra pizarnik

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Nude with Book, 1909 by Iosif Iser   ᔥ wiki

Nude with Book, 1909 by Iosif Iser    wiki

#books #iosif iser #reading

28 April 2013
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Sunday ambrosia … Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories From History and the Arts by Clive James

Sunday ambrosia … Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories From History and the Arts by Clive James

#books #clive james #essays

27 April 2013
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Now I know what loneliness is, I think. Momentary loneliness, anyway. It comes from a vague core of the self - - like a disease of the blood, dispersed throughout the body so that one cannot locate the matrix, the spot of contagion.
~ Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, p 29
Painting: Seated Woman by Carlos Orozco Romero     ᔥ wiki

Now I know what loneliness is, I think. Momentary loneliness, anyway. It comes from a vague core of the self - - like a disease of the blood, dispersed throughout the body so that one cannot locate the matrix, the spot of contagion.

~ Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, p 29

Painting: Seated Woman by Carlos Orozco Romero     wiki

#sylvia plath #carlos orozco romero #loneliness

25 April 2013
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Summertime ~ Ella Fitzgerald         bessjazz

 

Happy Birthday, Lady Ella!

#ella fitzgerald #jazz

23 April 2013
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SONNET 129
The expense of spirit in a waste of shameIs lust in action; and till action, lustIs perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,Past reason hunted, and no sooner hadPast reason hated, as a swallow’d baitOn purpose laid to make the taker mad;Mad in pursuit and in possession so;Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream. All this the world well knows; yet none knows well To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
Photo ᔥ georgetowner

SONNET 129

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

Photo  georgetowner

#shakespeare #happy birthday shakespeare

21 April 2013
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Sunday ambrosia … Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

Sunday ambrosia … Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith

#books #van gogh #biography

20 April 2013
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Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald - Dream A Little Dream Of Me Luis Eduardo

#ella fitzgerald #louis armstrong #jazz

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poetry book du jour …

poetry book du jour …

#poetry #charles baudelaire #books

18 April 2013
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The past only comes back when the present runs so smoothly that it is like the sliding surface of a deep river. Then one sees through the surface to the depths. In those moments I find one of my greatest satisfactions, not that I am thinking of the past; but it is then that I am living most fully in the present.

~ Virginia Woolf, A Sketch of the Past



Painting:  Ascension by Remedios Varo    ᔥ   wiki

The past only comes back when the present runs so smoothly that it is like the sliding surface of a deep river. Then one sees through the surface to the depths. In those moments I find one of my greatest satisfactions, not that I am thinking of the past; but it is then that I am living most fully in the present.

~ Virginia Woolf, A Sketch of the Past

Painting: Ascension by Remedios Varo wiki

#virginia woolf #remedios varo #surrealism

15 April 2013
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Prayers for the victims of the Boston Bombings and for all Bostonians.


Mahler Symphony #9, 4th movement, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti (1 of 2) and 2 of 2 


Vid DumboDog

#Boston Bombings #gustav mahler

14 April 2013
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The Reader, 1926 by Juan Gris, Private Collection    ᔥ  wiki

The Reader, 1926 by Juan Gris, Private Collection wiki

#juan gris #cubism #reading