silakkamarkkinat … (the herring market)

I went to Helsinki last weekend, but must admit: my Finnish did not improve, but my view on Finland did. Helsinki is a wonderful city to ramble around in. Helsinki is Finland’s major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe’s major cities. The city seem to occupy a…

Consecrating ones life to an imbecility

I suppose, as a poet, amongst my fears can be counted the deep-seated uneasiness that one day it will be revealed that I consecrated my life to an imbecility (to something intrinsically unnecessary and superfluous – and thereby unintentionally cruel). In an intriguing essay called “On Fear”, Mary Ruefle touch upon a problem I have been…

You can never use the infinitives and participles oddly enough

Did I ever tell you how much I like Anne Carson? Have a look at this:   I hate traveling … you don’t think until you stumble on something, traveling makes you stumble all the time. Its spooky. Stumbling is good for writing … – Anne  Carson  (2001)   Quad (1981)  a television play by Samuel…

A glimpse of Triora

I have just returned from the most fantastic & extraordinarily trip to Italy one can ever imagine, actually the town of Triora is inconceivably beautiful, and my snapshots can in no way make the place justice. Still, I would like to give you a hint of what I have seen: Triora is a medieval citadel town, a hill…

I’m off …

… and this is where I’m going: Triora – Liguria, known to be one of the most beautiful medieval citadels in Italy. Much of the architecture in Triora dates back to the 12th century, but its period of greatest fame was during the 16th century when a number of witch trials were conducted by the Inquisition. A year of…

Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh painted the beautiful Almond Blossom (1890) as a gift for his nephew Vincent Willem. The painting belongs to a series of blossoming almond trees made between 1888-90. It is easy to retrace van Gogh’s Japanese inspiration in this work. The painting is full of light & joy I started right away to make…

Going Wild – a collective list

   Between the laundry and the fetching kids from school, that’s how birds enter my life. I listen. K. Jamie * * * RECOMMENDED READING Annie Dillard: EVERYTHING Rebecca Solnit: A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Wanderlust W. G. Sebald: The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, Campo Santo Alice Oswald: Dart Kathleen Jamie: Findings J.A….

Still room for more…

Its difficult to label a genre, but the literature I’m interested in right now touches upon themes, concepts and fields like: nature writing, biology, ecology, travel writing, solitude, mindfulness & art … visual art – and the art of writing. Ehrlich says: Space has a spiritual equivalent and can heal what is divided and burdensome…

A Line Made by Walking

Richard Long A Line Made by Walking, (1967) Richard Long (1945) is an English sculptor, photographer and painter Man’s path through life is not casual and fragmentary, but follows a sequence in which each point is always connected up with the previous one in an infinite process.The land art movement arose at the end of the…