Poem Therapy 25 April 2013: Postcard: Advice to a Young Poet - Carl Phillips

Postcard: Advice To A Young Poet
Carl Phillips

This is excellent advice not only for writing, but for living life following your own bent of mind.

Artist of the Day: Containers - Jeremy Miranda

Containers-Limited Edition Print-
Shelter - Archival Print

Jeremy Miranda's painting shift perceptions of what a home is. In his works, home becomes something much differnt than a structure contains and shelters. Home becomes an oasis, a garden, a wilderness.
artist bio: I live and work in New England. To see more work visit jeremymiranda.com

Artist of the Day: Pink - Georgianna

Flower Photography - Floral Still Life Photography, Pink Dahlia, Cafe au Lait, Wall Decor, Wall Art
pink dahlia
Rose Photography - Romantic Pink Roses, Nature Photography, Wall Decor
pink roses
Flower Photography -  Pink Hollyhocks in Summer, Floral Photograph, Romantic Wall Decor
pink hollyhocks
Paris Photography - Paris Peonies in Parisian Flower Market, France, French Fine Art Travel Photo, Wall Art, Home Decor
paris peonies

I think flowers are the gods apology for the mayhem of winter.
artist bio: Welcome! I'm a long-time photographer, digital artist and designer who switched from corporate marketing in Hollywood to working with my husband in our own studio on a wooded wildlife habitat in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest.

Specializing in garden, floral and travel photography, I journey extensively around the world and in realms of the imagination, seeking to return with beautiful, serene, light-filled images sprinkled with
a bit of magic. I sincerely hope you enjoy them!

Blog: georgiannalane.com/
Portfolio: www.georgiannalanephotography.com
My stock photo library: www.gardenphotoworld.com
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/georgiannalane/

Artist of the Day: Grow - Jon Duenas

Grow - 11x14 120/medium format print

Four months into the year, I think grow is the theme of 2013.
artist bio: photographer time traveler space explorer

jonduenas.com twitter.com jonduenas/facebook.com/jonduenasphotography

Weekend Playlist April 19-21 2013

Spring Tulip
spring tulip

Flags across the country are at halfmast.

The sun is hidden behind the clouds, but tulips and daffodils are in bloom, the trees are budding, and the world is good, despite everything.

Enjoy your weekend!

Deep Sea Diver
Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band
The Fame Riot
First Aid Kit
Tegan and Sara
Alabama Shakes
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Shins
The xx

Artist of the Day: Found Baseball - Don Hamerman

Found Baseball still life
found baseball

This is a marvelous photograph.

If you look at it long enough, you'll begin to see something else. I began to see a distinct image of John McEnroe, mainly of the tennis player's infantile temper tantrums. I think it's because of the stitches unraveling around the "mouth"  and the unruly "hair"  of the baseball, aka McEnroe.

What do you think?
artist bio: www.hamerman.com

Music & Poetry Mash Up: We the Common - Thao and the Get Down Stay Down + Living In Numbers - Claire Lee

original photography by Umit Ince / free shipping item
nikolay bozhinov
We The Common


Living In Numbers
Sunday, August 22, 2010:
Number of times I’ve woken up after
oversleeping and sprung out of bed like a ninja: 959
Number of broken bones: 3
Number of scars, physical: 4; emotional: 947
Number of funerals attended: 7
Number of friends, Facebook: 744, real: 9
Number of cavities filled: 0

Percentage of people I can stand in the world: 3.5
Number of times I’ve laughed so hard my sides would bruise: 2,972
Number of times I’ve wanted to bawl my eyes out: 320
Number of things I regret: 11
Number of things I know: 918,394

Monday, August 23, 2010:
Number of times I’ve woken up after oversleeping and sprung out of bed like a ninja: 960
Number of broken bones: 3
Number of scars, physical: 4; emotional: 1,293
Number of funerals attended: 7
Number of friends, Facebook: 800, real: 7
Number of cavities filled: 0

Percentage of people I can stand in the world: 3.4
Number of times I’ve laughed so hard my sides would bruise: 2,973
Number of times I’ve wanted to bawl my eyes out: 321
Number of things I regret: 13
Number of things I know: 918,390

Artist of the Day: Animals - Andrea Hauer

Fine Print  Tiger, orange black
Monkeys, collage watercolor
Pink Pigs small print collage
Fine Print Animal Serie - Blue Bull

These lovely collages from Madrid based artist brightened my day. The tiger is my favorite.

They are available as signed and numbered prints.
artist bio: I'm a Madrid based artist and love to work with my hands. I love to paint, print, sew, cook and mainly convert one thing into another, adding in this process beauty and sense.(you can see my almost-daily works in www.andreahauer.es)


Poem Therapy 16 April 2013 2:57 PM: Elegy in Limestone - CJ Evans

View of Boston

Elegy in Limestone
CJ Evans

If the water, everywhere, and if she

is. If ghosts, like water, like if all

rivers and oceans and rains are one

ghost, surrounding and throughout.

If she is, like if the lakes and bays

of Seattle define Seattle, if the ices

Of Mars and Massachusetts,

hidden in their deep stones, define

Mars and Massachusetts; if she is.

A thirst unmet, alkaline or saline,

the water not touching that thirst,

if my thirst wants something else

entirely. If she is. Water, if it is in

and is blood. If invisible until

exhale. If science lies and water

doesn’t reflect sky but sky this

water. If she is the sound, if it isn’t

essential until its lack. If she is

the sound of. Waves. If in the body,

the dew in morning, and the moon.

If she is the sound of the water.

If rising, if breaking, if throughout.

Everyone of us is made of water, and flesh.

We are all born of woman.

In a way, we are all one flesh.

The older I get, the more I begin to understand the meaning behind the Golden Rule, the laws of Karma, the teachings of sages and prophets, the scripture that what is done to the least is done to all.

Artist of the Day: Sweet Connections - Louise van Terheijden

Sweet connections - Featured in West Elm - Reproduction from original watercolor painting A4 print orange pink springtime
sweet connections

This print reminds me of cells.

When I saw it I thought it expresses how my place in the world has been shaking out the last few months. And it's been shaking, not as in seismic, but as in slight tremors turning the ground to sand.

I've been in a very introspective, inward phase.  I haven't felt like talking so much, as doing.

This past January I made a decision to change my life, as in chuck all the "stuff" that no longer worked, and the Universe took me seriously! Be careful what you ask for, because you will get it. Not always in the time frame you think, though.

What I'm realizing is that small decisions or conversations or transactions from years ago are directly connected to the here and now. Some connections are slap your head realizations, other connections are not always that obvious. Some are sweet. Some bitter. Some terribly sad. Others verging on joyful.

Life really is good. And beautiful. And, oh, so complex.
artist bio: My name is Louise van Terheijden. I'm from the Netherlands in Europe.

Artist of the Day: Polyphemus - Shawn St. Peter

ON SALE Vintage Football 11x14 print, Boys Room decor, Boys Nursery Ideas, Sports art, Sport Prints, Man Cave

What does this football in the Shawn St. Peter's photograph remind you of?

I see Polyphemus - the Cyclops from Homer's Iliad. That menacing eye in the center of the leather forehead. That scraggle-tooth mouth.

Do you see him? Of course you do.

artist bio: I am a father and a husband living in the Pacific Northwest. My love of photography started in highschool and it fuels my creative side. I love all aspects of it from the camera to the end product. I love post production and manipulating photos into art. I collect vintage cameras especially old polaroids.

Music & Poetry Mash Up: Fly So Free - Luella & the Sun + Canon 501 - Brian Swann

iona rozeal brown: ...hold on... 2009
iona rozeal brown

Fly So Free


Canon 501
The song was moist, filing away,
   drifting while we drifted, something
in blackface, Al Jolson of birdland,
   not quite right, prophesizing until hoarse
who knows what. The locals say he
   draws poison from you, angatkuk,
shaman, though they don’t believe it.
   Then the incongruous smell of
chrysanthemum crossed us up and
   we remembered the service-station
with someone in handcuffs. Probably
   a mistake, said the attendant, though
they do get violent. The prisoner yawned.
   Our map lumbered from point to point
as if trying to remember something itself,
   anything. We tossed it and got out.
On the long walk back the tundra looked cozier
   by moonlight, everywhere the same,
white as bleached whalebone. But
   things had not been right all day.
In the damp heat everything was wobbly,
   even the bride at the old mission who
seemed to grow clouds like companions,
   drawing them after. I glimpsed a ring
of seal-fur flash on her wrist. Mm-hmm,
   unh-hunh they went. The honeymoon
was spent beyond the rigs. It was enough
   for them it didn’t rain or snow though
the driftwood fire they made beside the boats
   was all smoke. The sea sounded obscure
as if it had no shape and was empty.
   We tried to capture it on Canon 501
and sent it south, but even that seemed staged.

Artist of the Day: Artists & Writers - Bett Norris

Frida Kahlo 'Androgyny' Limited Edition A4 Giclee Print by Bett Norris
Andy Warhol - Glasses 'Androgyny' Limited Edition A4 Giclee Print by Bett Norris
Large Virginia Woolf Portrait Limited Edition A3 Giclee Print by Bett Norris.
Large David Bowie 'Androgyny'  A3 limited edition Giclee Print by Bett Norris

These portraits by  Bristol, England based artist Bett Norris are of four of my favorite artists and writers.

I wish Norris would paint James Joyce, Toni Morrison, E.L. Doctorow, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, and far too many others to list.

 Have you ever considered what the world would be like without Mrs. Dalloway, or Thirty Six Soup Cans, or Modern Love, or every single painting or creation or word of Frida Kahlo's?
artist bio: I'm an Illustrator from Bristol, United Kingdom. I like drawing portraits and am available for commissions. http://bett-norris.blogspot.com