Monday, January 22, 2018

Film: Faces, Places

A 33 year old graffiti artist and a 88 year old independent film maker team up to do photo murals!
take a look atthe trailer

Lydia Davis

https://poetrydispatch.wordpress.com/2009/01/16/lydia-davis-new-years-resolution/

Divine Intervention on the Way to the Laundromat

They stopped to say hi to Romeo. "You remember me, I used to live down the street," the young man said.
"Oh yeah, I didn't recognize you with your hood on," I said."How are you?"
"We're homeless," he said.
"In these temperatures we've been afraid of dying in our sleep," the young woman said. "We're on our way to the church soup kitchen to get lunch."
"Ask the folks there for help and keep on asking. Try not to let shame hold you back. In Woonsocket we're all connected. No need for shame, we can figure something out. There are amazing pastors in the City and many other groups of people that can help." I gave them three names.
When I got home I wrote emails to the three folks I sent them to. One of them wrote back right away.
"I am ready to help them," she said. "Here's my cell phone have them call me."
"I will keep my eyes out for them," I said.
Sunday morning our washing machine conked out. I fished out the wet clothes and put them in my green plastic laundry basket.
"I'll take them to the laundromat around the corner," I told my husband, fishing around for quarters.
As I drove out of our driveway I thought "If I go left, it's closer."
"Go right, you might run into those homeless kids," My thoughts commanded. So I turned right and a second later I saw the young couple walking down my street. I pulled over and jumped out. "Hi guys, Wow! I have been hoping to find you. I sent out messages for the past few days and one of the people responded right away and she told me she's ready to meet with you and help you find shelter. Let's turn around. I will run inside my house and get you her cell-phone number." When I came out I said, "Now you know where I live ring the bell if you have a problem."
"Thank you, can we give you a hug" they said.
"Thank you, you guys made my day. I have been eager to find you, hoping you were safe."

Be Yourself

“When you are content to simply be yourself and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Those Who Know

“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Traveler

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”
― Lao Tzu

Flow

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu

The Best

“The best fighter is never angry.”
― Lao Tzu

Time

“Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time,' is like saying, 'I don't want to.”
― Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
― Lao Tzu

Inner Courage

“A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
― Lao Tzu

Rejoice

“Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.”
― Lao Tzu

Nurture Your Dreams

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
― Lao Tzu

Nature

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
― Lao Tzu

The Center

“At the center of your being
you have the answer;
you know who you are
and you know what you want.”
― Lao Tzu

Patience

“Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Stop Thinking

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”
― Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

“Act without expectation.”
― Lao Tzu

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.”
― Lao Tzu

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
― Lao Tzu

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Roasting a Chicken at 6AM Sunday Morning

I am roasting a chicken thinking of my grandmother Sophie. Her Brighton Beach apartment always smelled of roasted chicken. I am roasting a chicken as I drink my morning coffee because by the time dinner-time arrives I am too tired and hungry to roast a chicken. So I am roasting a chicken at 6 AM while everything is gliding forward into the day.

Dream

I dreamed that my childhood friend Karen received a Sassoon style haircut but she had a triangle of side-burn style hair on her cheek.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Mystery of Sleep

Article

Amy Gottlieb

Article by Amy Gottlieb
Op-Ed Contributor
ICE Detained My Husband for Being an Activist
Amy Gottlieb is the associate regional director of the American Friends Service Committee.

Awaken

“We're here to awaken from the illusion of separateness”
― Ram Dass, How Can I Help? Stories and Reflection on Service

Learn to Watch

“Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama.”
― Ram Dass

Becoming Nobody

“The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“We're all just walking each other home.”
― Ram Dass

Silence

“We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”
― Ram Dass

Expect Nothing

“It is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones, as merely steps on the path, and to proceed.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible.”
― Ram Dass

Love and Compassion

“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies.”
― Ram Dass

Interconnected

“We are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we are so deeply interconnected with one another.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”
― Ram Dass

Witness

“Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“What you meet in another being is the projection of your own level of evolution.”
― Ram Dass

Listen

“The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can't be organized or regulated. It isn't true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.”
― Ram Dass

Polishing the Mirror

“As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can't see how it is.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“Your problem is you are too busy holding on to your unworthiness.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag.”
― Ram Dass

Seeing the Beloved

“The most important aspect of love is not in giving or the receiving: it's in the being. When I need love from others, or need to give love to others, I'm caught in an unstable situation. Being in love, rather than giving or taking love, is the only thing that provides stability. Being in love means seeing the Beloved all around me.”
― Ram Dass

Ram Dass

“I would say that the thrust of my life has been initially about getting free, and then realizing that my freedom is not independent of everybody else. Then I am arriving at that circle where one works on oneself as a gift to other people so that one doesn't create more suffering. I help people as a work on myself and I work on myself to help people.”

― Ram Dass

Friday, January 19, 2018

This is My Glittery Trail

I have had the radio off for over a year. The only way to fend off the nation's toxic political climate is to plant my own garden metaphorically speaking. I start each morning feeding my animals making coffee and reading the wisdom of the ages and poets and I gather inspiration and place it here. This is my glittery trail.

(Just like a slug that leaves a glittery slime trail.)

Beautiful Brain Art

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Dare

“I speak the truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more as I grow older.”
― Michel de Montaigne

Montaigne

“I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.”
― Michel de Montaigne

Nature

“Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.”
― Michel de Montaigne, Montaigne: Essays

Michel de Montaigne

“If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.”
― Michel de Montaigne

Michel de Montaigne

“If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Michel de Montaigne

“I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Michel de Montaigne: Fear

“He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Socrates Dancing

“There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Falling in Love with Montaigne

“The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness. ”
― Michel de Montaigne

“Off I go, rummaging about in books for sayings which please me.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

“My art and profession is to live.”
― Michel de Montaigne

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

“I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.”
― Michel de Montaigne

“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”
― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

“When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.”
― Michel de Montaigne, Les Essais

Michel de Montaigne: On Death

“To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death... We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere."

"To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.”
― Michel de Montaigne

Marcello Mastroianni

With whom do you argue? With a woman, of course. Not with a friend, because he accepted all your defects the moment he found you. Besides, woman is mother-have we forgotten?
- Marcello Mastroianni

Woman

Woman is also the element of conflict.
- Marcello Mastroianni

Mastroianni

Life is an appearance on a balcony, and then the shutters close.

Marcello Mastroianni

Beckett

Being conscious is the only thing you’ve got.

- Samuel Beckett

A Lie...

A lie disturbs the universe.

- St. Augustine

Montaigne

“Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.”

― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

Willa Cather

There is only one God, and the artist is his critic.
-Willa Cather

The end is nothing, the road is all.
-Willa Cather

Arthur Laurents

It is not work to me. I love writing. I have never understood this business of being lonely at the typewriter or computer. I'm sitting in a room with fascinating people, and I hope they're fascinating to an audience. I enjoy doing it. It's a big part of my life.

-Arthur Laurents

Noel Coward

Work's more fun than fun.

- Noel Coward

The Arts

The life of the arts, far from being an interruption, a distraction, in the life of a nation, is close to the center of a nation's purpose - and is a test of the quality of a nation's civilization.

-John F. Kennedy

Picasso

A computer is useless. It can only give you answers.

-Pablo Picasso

Albee

A play is fiction and fiction is fact distilled into truth.

-Edward Albee

Complete

No drama is complete until it has been witnessed by an audience.

- Federico Fellini

Sydney Pollack

If you don't get the clothes off fast and the gun out quick, you're in trouble.

-Sydney Pollack

Carl Sagan

One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

- Carl Sagan

Burton Roscoe

A writer is working when he's staring out of the window.

-Burton Roscoe

Poison the Channels

The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.

Henry A. Wallace, former Vice-President of the USA

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Brutal Realism

“Only the early Fitzgerald was great. Then came an orgy of brutal realism.”
― Federico Fellini

Experience

“Experience is what you get while looking for something else.”
― Federico Fellini

Georgian Film

“Georgian film is a completely unique phenomenon, vivid, philosophically inspiring, very wise, childlike. There is everything that can make me cry and I ought to say that it (my crying) is not an easy thing.”
― Federico Fellini

Beyond Passions

“We must get beyond passions, like a great work of art. In such miraculous harmony. We should learn to love each other so much to live outside of time... detached.”
― Federico Fellini, La Dolce Vita: Federico Fellini's Masterpiece

I'm a Liar...

“I’m a liar, but an honest one. People reproach me for not always telling the same story in the same way. But this happens because I’ve invented the whole tale from the start and it seems boring to me and unkind to other people to repeat myself.”
― Federico Fellini, Fellini On Fellini

Censorship

“Censorship is advertising paid for by the government.”
― Federico Fellini

I Don't Believe in...

“I don't believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there's one thing that's dangerous for an artist, it's precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it.”
― Federico Fellini

Fellini

“I even see the cinema itself as a woman, with its alternation of light and darkness, of appearing and disappearing images.”
― Federico Fellini

Going to the Cinema

“Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb; you sit there still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen. One should go to the cinema with the innocence of a fetus”
― Federico Fellini

Cynical Mask

“We can all pretend to be cynical and scheming, but when we’re faced with purity and innocence, the cynical mask drops off.”
― Federico Fellini

A Created Thing

“A created thing is never invented and it is never true: it is always and ever itself.”
― Federico Fellini

Talking About Dreams

“Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.”
― Federico Fellini

Put Yourself into Life...

“Put yourself into life and never lose your openness, your childish enthusiasm throughout the journey that is life, and things will come your way.”
― Federico Fellini

The Only Place

“The only place where you can be a dictator and still be loved is on the movie set.”
― Federico Fellini

Fellini

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.”
― Federico Fellini

Choose Love

“There is abundant testimony that if we choose love rather than self, we gain immeasurably.”
― Federico Fellini

Carnival

“Happiness is simply a temporary condition that precedes unhappiness. Fortunately for us, it works the other way around as well. But it's all a part of the carnival, isn't it?”
― Federico Fellini, Federico Fellini: Interviews By Federico Fellini

I’m Just a Storyteller

“I’m just a storyteller, and the cinema happens to be my medium. I like it because it recreates life in movement, enlarges it, enhances it, distills it. For me, it’s far closer to the miraculous creation of life than, say, a painting or music or even literature. It’s not just an art form; it’s actually a new form of life, with its own rhythms, cadences, perspectives and transparencies. It’s my way of telling a story.”
― Federico Fellini

Fellini On Fellini

“When I felt I was dying, these past few days, things were no longer anthropomorphic. The telephone, which looks like a sort of upturned black snake, was merely a telephone. Every thing was just a thing. The couch, which looked like a big square face drawn by Rubens, with buttons on the cover like wicked little eyes, was just a couch, rather shabby but nothing more. At such a time things don’t matter to you; you don’t bathe everything in your presence, like an amoeba. Things become innocent because you draw away from them; experience becomes virginal, as it was for the first man when he saw the valleys and the plains. You feel you are set in a tidy world: that is a door and it behaves like a door, that is white and behaves like white. What heaven: the symbolism of meanings loses all meaning. You see objects which are comforting because they are quite free. But suddenly you are flung into a new form of suffering because, when you come to miss the meaning of, say, a stool, reality suddenly becomes terrifying. Everything becomes monstrous, unattainable.”
― Federico Fellini, Fellini On Fellini

Fellini: On Borges

“Borges is particularly stimulating to a man who works in the cinema, because the unusual thing about his writing is that it is like a dream, extraordinarily farsighted in calling up from the unconscious complete images in which the thing itself, and its meaning, coexist - exactly as happens in a film. And, just as happens in dreams, in Borges the incongruous, the absurd, the contradictory, the arcane and the repetitive, although as powerfully imaginative as ever, are at the same time illumined like the careful details of something larger, something unknown, and are the faultless elements of a cruelly perfect, indifferent mosaic. Even the fact that Borges's work is strangely fragmentary makes me think of a broken dreamlike flow; and the heterogeneous quality of his work - stories, essays, poems - I prefer to see not as the union of the multiple threads in a greedy, impatient talent, but as a mysterious sign of unending change.”
― Federico Fellini

Fellini

In 1964, Fellini took LSD under the supervision of Emilio Servadio, his psychoanalyst during the 1954 production of La Strada For years reserved about what actually occurred that Sunday afternoon, he admitted in 1992 that:

“Objects and their functions no longer had any significance. All I perceived was perception itself, the hell of forms and figures devoid of human emotion and detached from the reality of my unreal environment. I was an instrument in a virtual world that constantly renewed its own meaningless image in a living world that was itself perceived outside of nature. And since the appearance of things was no longer definitive but limitless, this paradisiacal awareness freed me from the reality external to myself. The fire and the rose, as it were, became one.”
― Federico Fellini, Focus On: 100 Most Popular English-language Film Directors

An Artist...

“An artist is a provincial who finds himself somewhere between a physical reality and a metaphysical one. It’s this in-between that I’m calling a province, this frontier country between the tangible world and the intangible one. That is the realm of the artist.”
― Federico Fellini

Federico Fellini: Remember, This a Comedy

Ricordati che è un film comico. ['Remember, this a comedy']”
― Federico Fellini

“If there were a little more silence, if we all kept quiet...maybe we could understand something.”
― Federico Fellini

“You have to live spherically - in many directions. Never lose your childish enthusiasm - and things will come your way.”
― Federico Fellini

“Jung accompanies us to the door of the unseen and lets us see and understand ourselves.”
― Federico Fellini

“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.”
― Federico Fellini

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life. ”
― Federico Fellini

“Even the most miserable life is better than a sheltered existence in an organized society where everything is calculated and perfected.”
― Federico Fellini, La Dolce Vita: Federico Fellini's Masterpiece

Federico Fellini

“I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.”
― Federico Fellini

“No matter what happens, always Keep your childhood innocence. It's the most important thing.”
― Federico Fellini

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
― Federico Fellini

“Don't tell me what I'm doing; I don't want to know.”
― Federico Fellini

“Fate is written in the face.”
― Federico Fellini

“A different language is a different vision of life.”
― Federico Fellini

George Balanchine: I am a Cloud in Trousers

“God creates, I do not create. I assemble and I steal everywhere to do it - from what I see, from what the dancers can do, from what others do.”
- George Balanchine

“Dancers are instruments, like a piano the choreographer plays.”
- George Balanchine

“Why are you stingy with yourselves? Why are you holding back? What are you saving for—for another time? There are no other times. There is only now. Right now.”
- George Balanchine

“One is born to be a dancer. No teacher can work miracles, nor will years of training make a good dancer of an untalented pupil. One may be able to acquire a certain technical facility, but no one can ever 'acquire an exceptional talent.' I have never prided myself on having an unusually gifted pupil. A Pavlova is no one's pupil but God's.”
- George Balanchine

“We must first realize that dancing is an absolutely independent art, not merely a secondary accompanying one. I believe that it is one of the great arts. . . . The important thing in ballet is the movement itself. A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle . . . is the essential element. The choreographer and the dancer must remember that they reach the audience through the eye. It's the illusion created which convinces the audience, much as it is with the work of a magician.”
- George Balanchine

“I don't want people who want to dance; I want people who have to dance.”
- George Balanchine

“The mirror is not you. The mirror is you looking at yourself.”
- George Balanchine

“I cannot move, I cannot even want to move, unless I hear the music first.”
- George Balanchine

“I've got more energy now than when I was younger because I know exactly what I want to do.”
- George Balanchine

“Ballet dancing is arduous, strenuous activity. Students are engaged in physical training that rivals the training Olympic athletes undergo. At the same time, they strive for physical perfection not for the prowess alone but as a way of achieving the means necessary to express the pure nature of their art.”
-- George Balanchine

“Someone once said that dancers work just as hard as policeman, always alert, always tense. But I don't agree with that because policeman don't have to look beautiful at the same time.”
- George Balanchine

“I don't have a past. I have a continuous present. The past is part of the present, just as the future is. We exist in time.”
-- George Balanchine

“What are you waiting for? What are you saving for? Now is all there is.”
- George Balanchine

“Dance is music made visible.”
- George Balanchine

“Put a man and a girl on stage and there is already a story; a man and two girls, there's already a plot.”
- George Balanchine

“Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and don't think so much about it. Just make something interesting.”
- George Balanchine

“The ballet is a purely female thing; it is a woman, a garden of beautiful flowers, and man is the gardener.”
- George Balanchine

“In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better.”
- George Balanchine

“I could never make a ballet by wrinkling my brow and concentrating. If you set out deliberately to make a masterpiece, how will you ever get it finished?”
- George Balanchine

“It's like the time capsule with everything in it. Or like the seed that when you plant it, becomes the enormous tree with leaves and fruit. Everybody was in that little seed, and so everything can open. The tree of dance is like that. It just takes a long, long time to blossom.”
- George Balanchine

“I am a cloud - in trousers.”
- George Balanchine

“They are poets of gesture.”
- George Balanchine

“In ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell ... we can't dance synonyms.”
- George Balanchine

“The choreographer and the dancer must remember
 that they reach the audience through the eye. 
It's the illusion created which convinces the audience, 
much as it is with the work of a magician”
- George Balanchine

“Ballet is important and significant - yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure.”
- George Balanchine

“First comes the sweat. Then comes the beauty if you're very lucky and have said your prayers.”
- George Balanchine

“Most ballet teachers in the United States are terrible. If they were in medicine, everyone would be poisoned.”
- George Balanchine

“The pointes for girls, I always say, have to be like an elephant's trunk; strong and yet flexible and soft.”
- George Balanchine

“See the music, hear the dance.”
- George Balanchine

“Ballet will speak for itself. About itself.”
- George Balanchine

“My muse must come to me on union time.”
- George Balanchine

“One is born to be a great dancer.”
- George Balanchine

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Rabindranath Tagore

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“It is very simple to be happy, but it is very difficult to be simple.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“Loves gift cannot be given, it waits to be accepted.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

Poet Howard Nemerov

Writing

by Howard Nemerov


The cursive crawl, the squared-off characters
these by themselves delight, even without
a meaning, in a foreign language, in
Chinese, for instance, or when skaters curve
all day across the lake, scoring their white
records in ice. Being intelligible,
these winding ways with their audacities
and delicate hesitations, they become
miraculous, so intimately, out there
at the pen’s point or brush’s tip, do world
and spirit wed. The small bones of the wrist
balance against great skeletons of stars
exactly; the blind bat surveys his way
by echo alone. Still, the point of style
is character. The universe induces
a different tremor in every hand, from the
check-forger’s to that of the Emperor
Hui Tsung, who called his own calligraphy
the ‘Slender Gold.’ A nervous man
writes nervously of a nervous world, and so on.


Miraculous. It is as though the world
were a great writing. Having said so much,
let us allow there is more to the world
than writing: continental faults are not
bare convoluted fissures in the brain.
Not only must the skaters soon go home;
also the hard inscription of their skates
is scored across the open water, which long
remembers nothing, neither wind nor wake.

- Howard Nemerov

Manhole Covers

by Karl Shapiro


The beauty of manhole covers--what of that?
Like medals struck by a great savage khan,
Like Mayan calendar stones, unliftable, indecipherable,
Not like the old electrum, chased and scored,
Mottoed and sculptured to a turn,
But notched and whelked and pocked and smashed
With the great company names
(Gentle Bethlehem, smiling United States).
This rustproof artifact of my street,
Long after roads are melted away will lie
Sidewise in the grave of the iron-old world,
Bitten at the edges,
Strong with its cryptic American,
Its dated beauty.


-Karl Shapiro

A Brisk Walk

Billy Collins in Conversation
This interview originally appeared in Guernica Magazine and was conducted for the magazine by Joel Whitney. Guernica launched its first issue online in 2004, publishing writing and art, with a strong emphasis on international perspectives, writing in translation, and civic debate. The magazine is now read online in over 100 countries.

Second Chances

LISC-funded program at Amos House
Providence’s Amos House a lifeline for former convicts and addicts

By Katie Mulvaney
Journal Staff Writer

Posted Jan 1, 2018 at 8:04 PM Updated Jan 1, 2018 at 9:31 PMArticle

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According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. This is an enormous problem, with millions of people suffering — and it’s completely unacceptable that we’ve failed to fix it. In truth, this is a social justice issue. Just as racism is completely inexcusable, so is stigma or segregation towards those with mental health conditions.
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If You are Reading This

Keep a crisis letter: When anxiety and irritability drive her to tears, Terry pulls out a letter she wrote to herself. She quotes the opening lines: “If you are reading this you must be in a really bad way. Just remember that you are a good person. This won’t last forever.” After reading the letter, she usually comforts herself with a cup of tea.
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Woonsocket

“There are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet.”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”
― W.B. Yeats

By Striking

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats

“The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeates

“...I'm looking for the face I had, before the world was made...”
― W.B. Yeats

Sacrifice

“To long a sacrifice can make a stone of a heart”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats

“In dreams begin responsibilities.”
― W.B. Yeats, Responsibilities

“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”
― W.B. Yeats

“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.”
― W.B. Yeats

Life

“Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.”
― W.B. Yeats

Education

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats

“For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.”
― W.B. Yeats, Selected Poems and Four Plays

Tread Softly

“I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”
― W.B. Yeats

Another World

“There is another world, but it is in this one.”
― W.B. Yeats

What Can be Explained

“What can be explained is not poetry.”
― W.B. Yeats

W. B. Yeats

“A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him up for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.”
― W.B. Yeats

Edel Rodriguez, Artist

recent TIME Cover Art Story

Edel Rodriguez was born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba. He received a B.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in 1994 and an M.F.A. from Hunter College in 1998. Using a variety of materials, his work ranges from conceptual to portraiture and landscape.

His work has been featured in Print's 1998 New Visual Artists Annual and on the cover of the 2004 Communication Arts Illustration Annual. It has also been regularly selected to appear in the pages of CA, American Illustration, SPD, and The Society of Illustrators Annuals. He is also the recipient of both a Gold and a Silver Medal for editorial illustration from the Society of Illustrators. He has illustrated two children's books, "Mama does the Mambo" and "Float Like a Butterfly", a story about Cassius Clay. A stamp he created for the United States Postal Service was published in the Summer of 2005.

www.edelrodriguez.com

Federico Garcia Lorca

“The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extra human architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish. At first glance, the rhythm may be confused with gaiety, but when you look more closely at the mechanism of social life and the painful slavery of both men and machines, you see that it is nothing but a kind of typical, empty anguish that makes even crime and gangs forgivable means of escape.”
―Federico Garcia Lorca

Labyrinth

“I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads”
― Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca

“At the heart of all great art is an essential melancholy.”
― Federico García Lorca

“Only mystery allows us to live, only mystery.”
― Federico García Lorca

“As I have not worried to be born, I do not worry to die.”
― Federico García Lorca

“We're all curious about what might hurt us.”
― Federico García Lorca

Unseen Guillotine

“I put my head
out of my window and see
how much the wind’s knife
wants to slice it off.
On this unseen
guillotine, I’ve placed
the eyeless head
of all my desires.”
― Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca

“The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.”
― Federico García Lorca

Breath Power

Jagger himself is even more of a marvel. At 70, he is 5’10”, 140 pounds. He still has a 28-inch waist. Before each tour he runs eight miles a day with Torje Eike, a Norwegian trainer whose previous clients include Olympic athletes. During a typical stadium show, he struts and sprints 12 miles back and forth across the stage.

“I’m not just singing,” Jagger recently told Rolling Stone. “I want to do a performance, as well, so that’s waving my arms around and running around, and I’m dancing. That takes 50 percent of your breath power, so my challenge is how to balance that with my vocals. You don’t want to be out of breath when you do the ballads… I have things that I can do at home for keeping my voice together. I do karaoke singing, and I write songs a lot, and I do demos and sing them. I’m very lucky, in a lot of ways, because—I’m not trying to sound bigheaded—I do all the Rolling Stones songs in all the same keys as they always were in, so my higher end is still there, maybe better than it was, because I don’t smoke anymore and I don’t drink as much.”
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Mick Jagger

“I am not a librarian of my own work. It's a good thing not to be involved with what you have done.”
― Mick Jagger

“Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind.”
― Mick Jagger

“It's all right letting yourself go, as long as you can get yourself back.”
― Mick Jagger

Leonard Cohen

Well, for one thing, in the tradition of Zen that I've practiced, there is no prayerful worship and there is no affirmation of a deity.
-Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

All of my writing has guitars behind it, even the novels.
-Leonard Cohen

Words

I was 15 when I first became deeply touched by the rhythm and structure of words.
-Leonard Cohen

Poet

I think the term poet is a very exalted term and should be applied to a man at the end of his work. When he looks back over the body of his work and he's written poetry then let the verdict be that he's a poet.
-Leonard Cohen

Well-Oiled and Receptive

You can keep the body as well-oiled and receptive as possible, but whether you're actually going to be able to go for the long haul is really not your own choice.
-Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

Any startling piece of work has a subversive element in it, a delicious element often. Subversion is only disagreeable when it manifests in political or social activity.
-Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

And most people have a woman in their heart, most men have a woman in their heart and most women have a man in their heart.
-Leonard Cohen

Catastrophe

The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.
-Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

There are writers who are great visionaries, who can depict huge movements - things like that. They're the great writers. I'm just the other kind.
-Leonard Cohen

I always considered myself a minor writer. My province is small, and I try to explore it very, very thoroughly.
-Leonard Cohen

Some people care about their work lasting forever - I have little interest in it.
-Leonard Cohen

Making Songs

I always felt I was scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to get a song together.
-Leonard Cohen

I continually blacken pages and scribble away, so I always have a number of songs that are half-finished.
-Leonard Cohen

I can work on a verse for a very long time before realising it's not any good and then, and only then, can I discard it.
-Leonard Cohen

Songs seem to take me a long time. I don't know why; they're not especially excellent for taking so long.
-Leonard Cohen