Friday, October 9, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The American Fine Craft Show Washington is a benefit for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Scheduled for October 23-25, the show features more than 185 artists of fine craft and fine art from the United States and Canada. In addition to functional and sculptural pottery and art glass, there will be handmade furniture, paintings, jewelry, leathers, and mixed media work to purchase. This is the event's debut and will be held at the D.C. Armory. See the list of participating artists. A coupon for a discounted entry is available at the Website.

American Art Marketing on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ Mark your calendar for Museum Shop Around at Strathmore Hall Mansion, Rockville, Maryland. This year's event, which is ticketed, takes place November 12-15. Wares from 18 area museums and shops with cultural items, including The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, The Phillips Collection, National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Kennedy Center, participate.

✦ On Sunday, October 18, artists, curators, and representatives from auction houses, commercial art galleries, and media gather at National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., for "Fresh Talk: Righting the Balance—Can there be gender parity in the arts?" The symposium takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; a "Sunday Supper" follows the program. See Ticket Information (NMWA members, students, and seniors are eligible for discounted tickets).

✦ Founded as Women's Heritage Museum in 1985, the International Museum of Women, an online museum covering women's issues worldwide, is part of the Global Fund for Women. Its online exhibitions include "Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices" and "Imagining Equality", which examines the art, voices, and stories of women from around the world. A current project is the multimedia "Ignite: Women Fueling Science & Technology".

IMOW on FaceBook

Global Fund for Women on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Her Blueprint | Art & Ideas for Women Everywhere, IMOW Blog

✦ The video below, from British Council | Arts features David Batchelor's exhibition of drawings, paintings, and "color-based" sculptures: "Flatlands Remix". Part of the council's International Touring  Exhibitions, the solo show also includes Batchelor's digital installation of white rectangular and square panels. This past April, the exhibition traveled to Virginia Commonwealth University's Doha, Qatar, campus. It began touring in 2013, at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. A catalogue, Flatlands, including an interview with Batchelor, accompanied the exhibition. View some installation images of Flatlands at Batchelor's Website.

British Council | Arts on FaceBook

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Berlin-based Rosa Barba's innovative film sculptures, installations, texts, and publications go on view October 23 at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The exhibition, "Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space", spotlights the artist's experiments involving celluloid and projected light, which examine geological time's relationship to a human lifetime, as well as the relationship among historical record, personal anecdote, and filmic representation. Also included are works over the last 10 years, among them wall works and cinematic large projections focused on natural landscapes and human interventions in the environment. Also featured in the survey is the premiere of Barba's new film, The Color Out of Space (2015), in which Barba has incorporated images of stars and planets recently collected at Hirsch Observatory at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

MIT List Visual Arts Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Wisconsin's Madison Museum of Contemporary Art continues through November 8 "Natasha Nicholson: The Artist in Her Museum". Comprising four rooms in the museum's State Street Gallery that represent Nicholson's studio, the exhibition features assemblages, a new series of paintings, sculptures, photographs, books that have influenced Nicholson's art, and various collections of objects "in dialogue" with each other. The rooms are designated "Thinking Room" (the exhibition begins here), "Strata" (standing for Nicholson's sculpture studio and gallery), "Studiolo" (the artist's Cabinet of Curiosities), and "Bead Room" (collections of beads and ethnic jewelry, as well as fabrics and "oddities" that Nicholson uses in her jewelry). Information about each of the rooms and images are available at the exhibition link above.

Accompanying this fascinating show is an illustrated 120-page catalogue, bearing the same title as the exhibit, which provides an art-historical context for Nicholson's work and concentrates on Nicholson's artistic practice. (See image below.) 

Catalogue Cover Art

A number of exhibition-related events are scheduled. Tomorrow, October 10, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., catalogue essayists Linda R. James, Thomas E.A. Dale, and Joseph R. Goldyne join Nicholson and MMoCA director Stephen Fleischman for a discussion of the artist's work and way of life. On October 15, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Nicholson and Dale will talk about Nicholson's work as it relates to medieval European traditions of acquiring and displaying Christian relics. On Friday, November 6, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., the artist will be available on a "drop-in basis" for an informal discussion of her collections and work. (Additional information about these and other planned events is available at the exhibition link.

MMoCA on FaceBook, Twitter, and Vimeo

✭ A solo exhibition of work by sculptor John Bisbee, the first of the artist's in the Southeast, continues through January 3, 2016, at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia. The exhibition, "Floresco", is the second of two at SCAD that illustrates Bisbee's artistic approaches to  the use of forged and welded 12-inch bright common spikes. SCAD commissioned a wall piece, Wheel Billows, for the show. That and his other work, including Floresco (2014-2015), are beautifully executed. Don't miss the images of Bisbee's work on his Website. Bisbee's studio is in Brunswick, Maine.

SCAD Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ A notable major retrospective, "Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist", opens November 7 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. The exhibition, which will run through September 18, 2016, will feature chronologically and by theme more than 75 of WalkingStick's paintings, drawings, and small sculptures, the diptychs for which she is best known, and notebooks. Also on view will be WalkingStick's recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places. WalkingStick, a member of the Cherokee Nation, has enjoyed a remarkably innovative four-decade-long career. Her evocative work, as the exhibition will show, has been consistently inventive and her artistic process constantly evolving. 

Fifteen images of WalkingStick's artworks may be seen at the exhibition link above.

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue of the same title (see image below), illustrated with images of more than 200 of her works (165 in color), and including essays by leading scholars, historians, and WalkingStick herself. It, too, provides a chronological orientation to the artist's life and art.

Catalogue Cover Art

NMAI has scheduled on November 5, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., a symposium on WalkingStick's art. Titled "Seizing the Sky: Redefining American Art", the event is intended both to celebrate the artist and to examine and discuss how WalkingStick and other contemporary Native artists are "redefining" art in America. A reception and exhibition preview follow. Information about curators and other speakers, seminars and symposia, educator and student programs, and live Webcasts, are at the link in this paragraph.

NMAI on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Notable Exhibition Abroad

✭ London's Victoria and Albert Museum has mounted a show of "The Fabric of India", on view through January 10, 2016. The ticketed show, part of V&A's India Festival, is the first major exhibition of handmade textiles from India, which cover the 3rd Century to the 21st Century. More than 200 textiles from other art institutions and leading designers are on display, many for the first time, as are examples from the museum's own renowned collection. Check the exhibition link above for related events, articles, materials and products, educational resources, and additional exhibition information.

Below is a video about hand-weaving at the cooperative Rejasthan Khadi Sangh in Kala Dera, Rajasthan. V&A visited the cooperative to watch how cotton is turned into plain-woven cloth.

Also available on Vimeo are videos about embroidery techniques used at the Sankalan embroidery design and production house, Jaipur, Rajasthan; and the inspirations and contemporary work of fashion designer Manish Arora. Many more videos are at YouTube (see link below).

An illustrated catalogue, including details about materials and techniques as well as production centers, patronage, markets, and designs, accompanies the show.

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Fabric of India Blog

V&A on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday's Three on Poetry

Today, Thursday's Three brings you a trio of videos produced for the "I Am a Poet" series for National Poetry Day, October 8, 2015, in the United Kingdom. Sponsored by Forward Arts Foundation, this year's 21st anniversary celebration aims to encourage everyone to live, speak, love, think, dream, and act like a poet (see "Make Like a Poet"). . . at least for 24 hours. In addition to  films and recordings, posters, wallpapers, fliers, and other creative materials are accessible online.

The National Poetry Day theme is light, and that is reflected also in the anthology Light: A National Poetry Day Book.

✭ In the video below, actor Sean Bean reads "Notes on the Art of Poetry" by Dylan Thomas. Kathleen Herbert made the film.

✭ This second short features physicist Stephen Hawking reading Sarah Howe's "Relativity"; Howe wrote the poem for Hawking. The film was made by artist Bridget Smith.

Sarah Howe Website

✭ For today's third film, actor Samantha Morton reads Persian poet Hafez's "My Brilliant Image". Turner-prize-winner Laure Prouvost made the film.

National Poetry Day on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

If you're on Twitter or FaceBook today and want to share your own poetic pieces, whether words, images, or video, use the hashtag #nationalpoetryday. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

'Cinderella's Shoes'

Below is the short animation Cinderella's Shoes. As you watch this lovely short, note the different cultural interpretations of the fairy tale (all underscore the themes of good and evil) and the reimagining of the shoes that lie at the heart of the story.

My thanks to London's Victoria & Albert Museum. See "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain", the museum's fascinating exhibition, which continues through January 31, 2016.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Screen Time (A Found Poem)

Screen Time

I confess: I long held out,
and for survival's sake do

report, I could not be alone
with any new technologies.

E-mail threatened me daily
with repeated entreaties,

the torture of not pressing
"send" entirely soul-destroying.

For weeks I was consumed
with the idea that to compose,

record, and share the precious
smell and feel of any moment

was to maintain a presence
on a gleaming screen never

to be shuttered. Diving into
the wells of Facebook was

like a heady romance: I caved.
Twitter was mostly telepathy —

I, admittedly, an early adopter
of short and urgent glimpses

of the mental escape I managed
to counter a gift for fighting off

even work. It's exhilarating to be
seminal online, judiciously slip

smart words into the intelligence
gaps in alarmist scientific studies

of the virtual world, where real
narcissism is spiritually folly

to condescend, and the error
of our electronic wonder —

the terrifying Internet — is dread.
Texting is vital to concentration,

my iPhone my diary, the terms
of our life-support agreement

the elusive tracer of multitasking
and connected types. Alight

in the spaces of our inner critics,
Google re-routes colliding brains.

Where search engines willingly go,
the people, en masse, are mobile,

entering one immersive experience
only to sign on to still another.

2015 © Maureen E. Doallas

This found poem is dedicated to my friend, the Egyptian-American poet, essayist, and aphorist Yahia Lababidi, whose essay "Virtual World: Life-Enhancing versus Soul-Destroying" (The Best American Poetry Blog, September 30, 2015) was its inspiration. Nearly all the words in the poem can be found somewhere in Yahia's post.

Yahia Lababidi on FaceBook and Twitter

I must add that, although I own a cell phone, it is not "smart", I text only with my son and never while driving, and the only machine is own is an iMac.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday Muse: Selection of Fall Readings

Below you'll find highlighted a selection of fall poetry readings with both well-established and emerging or mid-career poets.

✭ The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., offers a wonderful setting for its O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, which kicked off September 28 with W.S. Di Piero and Rowan Ricardo Phillips. The next reading, on October 26, features Anthony Thwaite and Jaimee Hills; the latter is the 2014 winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize (for How to Avoid Speaking). 

Two more events complete the fall lineup: readings by Julianna Baggott and Laura Kasischke, on November 23, and Linda Gregerson on December 7. Gregerson will headline Folger's annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute

Each of the readings begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Folger Theatre. Tickets cost $15.00.

Folger Poetry on FaceBook

✭ Chicago-based Poetry Foundation is sponsoring an extensive array of poetry-related events, including "Poetry off the Shelf", which on October 14 features a reading by The New Yorker poetry editor Paul Muldoon, author of One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015) and numerous other poetry collections; and a "Szymborska Celebration with Clare Cavanagh" on October 21. Author of numerous books, Cavanagh has translated a number of poetry collections by the late Wislawa Szymborska

Poetry Foundation on FaceBook

✭ The Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin includes in its fall Reading Series the October 15 interview of former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Wright by Robert Casper, head of the Poetry & Literature Center at the Library of Congress. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Avaya Auditorium on campus.

Michener Center for Writers on FaceBook

✭ Columbia University's Heyman Center for the Humanities, New York City, has scheduled two "Women Poets at Barnard" events for the fall: "An Evening with Poet Rosanna Warren" (October 28) and "An Evening with Poet Fanny Howe" (November 4). 

Rosanna Warren Faculty Page, University of Chicago

Fanny Howe Author Page, The Heyman Center

The Heyman Center for Humanities on FaceBook

✭ In Washington, D.C., the active Poetry & Literature Center at the Library of Congress has planned a "Concert & Conversation Celebrating Robert Lowell" (6:30 p.m., October 16, Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building) and a "Literary Birthday Celebration: Ezra Pound" (October 30, 12:00 p.m., Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building). 

The Lowell concert will feature the world premiere of composer Michael Hersch's "Carrion-Miles to Purgatory: Thirteen Pieces After Robert Lowell" and a discussion between Hersch and psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison about Lowell's creativity and psychological challenges.  (Though the event is free and open to the public, ticket reservations are needed.)

The Pound celebration will present readings by Elizabeth Arnold and Charles Bernstein, who also will discuss Pound's influence on their own writing. 

On November 4, 7:00 p.m., at The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, book critic Ron Charles continues his much-praised program with a conversation with 2002 Bobbitt Prize recipient Alice Fulton. (This event is free and open to the public but reservations are required.)

✭ The fall lineup for Smith Poetry Series, The Poetry Center at Smith College, Northhampton, Massachusetts, includes Amy Uyematsu (7:30 p.m., October 15, Neilson Browsing Room), Arda Collins (7:30 p.m., October 27, Paradise Room, Conference Center), and Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate (7:30 p.m., December 1), Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall). 

Also take note of readings and other poetry-related events at Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room, Bucknell University's Stadler Center for Poetry, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and University of Arizona Poetry Center. The latter offers a particularly strong events program, including appearances by Mark Doty, Alberto Alvaro Rios, Jerome Rothenberg, and Phillip Lopate.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Thought for the Day

. . . embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire
for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy. . . .

. . . mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given.
Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative
when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven't
earned it, who haven't even sought it, are the most meaningful
recipients of our compassion. . . .
~ Bryan Stevenson

Quoted from Bryan Stevenson's excellent, eye-opening book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, 2014; paper, 2015), pp. 290 and 314

Recipient of many awards and honors, Stevenson founded and is the executive director of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Alabama. He has dedicated his life and legal practice to defending against racial discrimination in criminal justice.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday Short

The idea of love distracts us
from an existential loneliness.

Today's short is a lovely animation, The Darkest Truth About Love. Directed and animated by Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee, with music by Tom Rosenthal, the animation is inspired by Alain de Botton's Essays in Love.

The Darkest Truth About Love from Hannah Jacobs on Vimeo.

See de Botton's "The School of Life" page at his Website. The School of Life comprises a series of courses about relationships, families, politics, travels, careers, and more.

Alain de Botton on FaceBook and Twitter

Essays in Love (Picador, 2006) on Amazon

Friday, October 2, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦  His fascination with nature and the properties of glass make Bill Hawk of Reidsville, North Carolina, a "challenged" and inspiring glass artist. Read about Hawk's Lost Wax glass casting process. (My thanks to John Cannell for the introduction on FaceBook to Hawk's marvelous work.)

An article about Hawk, "Lily Pads Inspire Gardner's Passion for Art", appeared in ionOklahoma magazine.

✦ The Katherine E. Nash Gallery at Regis Center for Art Galleries, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has organized "Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta", comprising 21 of the artist's films and 26 related photographs. Continuing through December 12, the exhibition also includes a short documentary by Raquel Cecilia, filmmaker and archivist of the Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Cecilia's feature-length film Ana Mendieta, Rebel by Nature is in post-production. (Still images may be viewed at the Corazon Pictures Website. The About page includes information about Raquel Cecilia and her films.)

Concurrent is "Ana Mendieta: Documents of a Life in Art", at T.R. Anderson Gallery in the Wilson Library, featuring materials documenting Mendieta's life and artistic career and including a timeline. 

In association with the University of California Press, the gallery has published a catalogue, Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta (September 2015), devoted to 104 film works; it contains the first published complete filmography of Mendieta.

Exhibition Catalogue Cover 

The exhibition travels to NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, where it will be on view February 28, 2016 - July 3, 2016; and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, which will present the show November 9, 2016 - February 12, 2017.

Read "Preview: The Films of Ana Mendieta", Cuban Art News, September 15, 2015. Also read "Ana Mendieta in Rome: interview with Raquel Cecilia", Studio International, November 3, 2014.

Ana Mendieta (1948-1985)

A teaser for Ana Mendieta, Rebel by Nature (Corazon Pictures) may be viewed on Vimeo.

Ana Mendieta Documentary on FaceBook

✦ Coinciding with the opening of its Contemporary Art + Design Wing, Corning Museum of Glass in New York launched GlassApp. Available for smartphone and tablet, the app currently provides information on more than 70 contemporary artworks, videos, artist biographies, and images. 

✦ Coming this November: Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art Without Fear/Grafiteras y Muralistas de America Latina: Arte Sin Miedo (Manic D. Press). The book features interviews with and portraits of artists from Colombia, Peru, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico, as well as photographs of their works. The book, in both Spanish and English, is available by pre-order at Art Without Fear/Arte Sin Medio.

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✦ Robin Wright profiles Iranian artists Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian and Shirin Neshat in The New Yorker. Read "Two Iranian Artists and the Revolution" (September 15, 2015).

✦ The following video is in French; if you don't speak the language, turn down the volume and just watch the superb self-taught textile artist Simone Pheulpin at work. Her sculptural creations, inspired by nature, are magnificent. Her materials: strips of cotton, canvas tape, and pins by the thousands.

Watch a second video with Pheulpin on YouTube.

Exhibitions Here and There

The former show presents all-new work by Morton, a fiber artist based in Arizona; it comprises two large installations with community-based components: one that examines how printed news and hand-crafted objects resonate separately and in parallel among individuals, the greater Houston community, and the world; and another that uses randomly found objects to explore concepts of place, time, and memory of events and their social, political, and cultural effects. The conception and realization of the project, which includes a large hand-sewn quilt incorporating community members' responses to a question about their day and "modules" comprising a rug of newspaper, are explained at the exhibition link, where images also may be viewed. Also see the interesting posts about Morton's creative process at the center's blog: "Ann Morton: Assembly Process", "Ann Morton: Community and Process", and "Ann Morton: What Happened Today?"

The latter exhibition focuses on endangerment of elephants and the illegal ivory trade and includes life-size objects of exotic woods and other materials and steel and glass forms crafted to look like shrines or altars. Maruyama, an artist, furniture maker, and educator who this year was named a recipient of the San Diego Art Prize, will give a talk at the center on Saturday, November 21.  Images and details about the show are at the exhibition link

Watch one of the wildLIFE Project videos on FaceBook and view images at the artist's Website.

Wendy Maruyama on FaceBook

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ In East Hampton, New York, The Drawing Room continues through October 26 "Antonio Asis: Cercles Concenriques 1961 - 2011". Argentina-born and an artist since age 14, the painter and sculptor has long been drawn to geometric abstraction and optical-kinetic art and fascinated by how color, light, and movement affect visual perception. The exhibition comprises 15 small "bullseye" or "concentric circle" paintings of "vibrating" color as well as larger works from the Geometria Libre series of the 1960s. Images may be seen at the exhibition link.

Antonio Asis at The Drawing Room and Sicardi Gallery

The Drawing Room on FaceBook

✭ New abstract paintings by Larry Brown are on view through October 11 at John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York. Drawing on his interests in science and nature, Brown aims in his new work to visualize the possible catastrophic effects of climate change and global warming. Brown's solo show is one of five, including landscapes by Daisy Craddock, sculpture by Renee Iacone, ceramics by Bruce Gagnier, and mixed-media paintings by Jenny Snider. 

Corning Museum of Glass opened its Contemporary Art + Design Wing this past March. The wing includes a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects. On view through March 20, 2016, is the inaugural installation, Kiki Smith's Constellation (1996), one of CMoG's recent acquisitions. Inspired by images from an early 19th Century celestial atlas, it features 26 hot-sculpted glass animals representing animal-themed star patterns, including Corvus, the crow, and Delphinus, the dolphin. The night sky is of hand-made indigo-dyed paper from Nepal. Smith designed the installation, which was produced by Pino Signoretto of Venice. Additional information about Constellation is on GlassApp.

Here's the installation on video:

CMoG on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ In collaboration with The Florida Aquarium, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, is presenting a show of underwater photography, "Marvels of the Reef", through December 30. On view is the work of seven photographers, all of whom have worked with National Geographic. A portion of exhibition proceeds will be donated to The Florida Aquarium's conservation efforts, including animal rescue and rehabilitation.

FMoPA on FaceBook and Twitter

FMoPA Blog (One of the posts features Jens Troger's work in "Marvels of the Reef".)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday's Three on Art

Today's post presents three newly published or forthcoming art books.

✭ Independent curator and photography writer Charlotte Cotton examines in Photography Is Magic (Aperture, September 29, 2015) how contemporary artists working in both "the art world" and "the photography world" experiment with digital techniques, mixed media, and appropriation to reframe their creative processes and practices and reshape what and how we see. Among the more than 80 artists featured are Michele Abeles, Walead Beshty, Sara Cwynar, Shannon Ebner, Daniel Gordon, Annette Kelm, Josh Kline, Elad Lassry, Matthew Lipps, Jon Rafman, Shirana Shahbazi, and Sara VanDerBeek. Cotton contributes a critical essay and other text. 

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Read Cotton's article "Nine Years, A Million Conceptual Miles" at Aperture.

✭ Thinking ahead to Christmas? Fans of Andy Goldsworthy will want Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works 2004-2014 (Abrams Books, October 13, 2015). Featuring approximately 200 of Goldsworthy's environmental works in chronological order, the book contains 400 color photographs. 

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✭ Due out October 27 is Emile Nolde: The Sea (Dumont Buchverlag, 2015), edited by Christian Ring. More than two dozen of Nolde's watercolors, many never before published, are included.

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Emile Nolde, 1867-1956

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Storytelling (Poem)


My aunts swear they can read
me like some sage psychic
who points to my chest
and tells me my first night alone
begins at three minutes to midnight.

Their gossip could be the first
lines of my best poem, until, one by one,
their autumn-like hands run wild, talking
over gusts of words as if
their too-smudged fingers already
had written my ballet's last chapter.

It takes strength to keep a stone
afloat, to leave nothing old
unsaid, to not lie
on the floor and cry.

Even my little dog knows
I am no Cinderella at the dance,
though I did once lose a solitary slipper—
how it fell from that high hill, like a leaf
long before winter's stars died.

© 2015 Maureen E. Doallas

This poem was inspired by TweetSpeak Poetry's most recent "Top 10 Poetic Tweets".