A pair of horns, four claws, and a tail …

  What is ugly? Who is ugly? – cont.  Concepts of beauty and ugliness are relative to various historical periods or cultures. And there is also a “personal touch” to ones views on the matter – In Voltaire’s A Philosophical Dictionary one can read: Ask the devil; he will tell you that the beautiful consists in…

Ugly???

What is ugly? Who is ugly? Is ugliness at all a word, a description, a kind of characterization one can use? Copyright© Iiu Susiraja I am working on a short text about the Finnish artist Iiu Susiraja. Susiraja is a photographer using her own body as subject and motif. What is most striking about Susiraja’s appearance, is…

Temporarily interrupted

I planned to start this new year we are entering on a happy note, with a cheerful salutation! But then poetry came – and changed everything: Keeping Things Whole BY MARK STRAND . In a field I am the absence of field. This is always the case. Wherever I am I am what is missing. ….

Writing as a Way of Healing (part 2)

Further notes on reading  Writing as a Way of Healing:How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives by Louise DeSalvo In chapter five of her book “The Healing Power of the Writing Process” DeSalvo writes about how studying Japanese ideas about writing gave her another vision of creativity, different from the ones dominating in the West. By studying Japanese…

Writing as a Way of Healing

I do not believe in quick-fixes, especially not in the field of writing … or personal development. Actually, I have spent most of my time developing & nurturing a rather darker outlook on life. I guess this, my own skepticism verging on grumpiness, is the reason why I was taken by surprise by Louise DeSalvo’s Writing as a Way of Healing:…

7 Artists On the Arctic

Listening to nature while waiting for answers from Paris – Evgenia Arbugaeva: Tiksi (2013) … watch: 7 Artists On the Arctic … Guido van der Werve: Nummer Acht: Everything is going to be alright (2007) .   I turn yet again to Jan Zwicky Prelude There is, said Pythagoras, a sound the planet makes: a kind of music just outside…

Bathtubs – again …

some of you might already have noticed  my obsession with old bathtubs … imagine my surprise when I discovered the work of Dorothy Cross. Dorothy Cross: Eye of Shark For the past 10 years, Cross has used the shark as a recurring motif in her work, an animal that often remains out of human sight but…

Why prose?

on form (continued): Rankine says: Prose because I have intention – I want you to understand. Poetry, is a different story: You don’t impose – you encounter, you discover. … want more? I really recommend listening to: Edward Hirsch: Poets Writing Prose …

Ars Poetica?

Citizen, says Dan Chiasson in The New Yorker, is a weave of artfully juxtaposed intensities, a quarrel within form about form: A prose poem, a police log, a journal entry, or—a confession board …? Reading Citizen I came to think of this poem (poem?) by Czeslaw Milosz, which in fact offer us a very exiting way to think about Claudia Rankine’s method:…