A story about immersion and subtraction

or: What I gleaned from spending 5 wonderful days painting under the supervision of Liz Hough at St. Ives School of Painting, a visual report: Becoming nature — The first step has to do with immersing oneself into what is already there; walk around, sit down, feel the wind, notice the short glimpses of bright…

Darkness at Noon

Noon Hour BY PEGGY TROJAN Unless hot lunch at schoolwas serving something speciallike corn chowderand baking powder biscuitsor creamed chipped beefpotatoes and browniesI went hometo what mymother madelike most town kids Jack walked the furthestalmost to the riverto his unpainted houseby the railroad tracksWe all knew nobody was therehis mom at the tavern alreadyHe always…

Passing Through

A short story of excellence, dedication and perseverance & of the joy and importance of meaning-making: Ted Kooser (1939) was the 13th Poet Laureate of the United States and received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2005.

Bernd & Hilla and Me

as mentioned –The New Objectivity’s focus on the objective world resonated with later photographers like Bernd and Hilla Becher, who became influential artists and teachers highly regarded for their typological studies of various architectural structures. Bernd and Hilla Becher, Coal Bunker, GB 1973 And this Sachlichkeit do also, I must confess, resonate with me — here…

Fjøløy Lighthouse

Still testing my new camera, I decided to take a day off and visit Fjøløy Lighthouse, a 45 minutes drive from where I usually spend my days. Fjøløy Lighthouse was built in 1849. The lighthouse station comprises the light, the engine house, a house, an outhouse and a boathouse. The lighthouse was automated in 1977, but the…

Alec Soth

I found these images on the web — and I really have to share them with you From Alec Soth: Sleeping by the Mississippi The pictures are made by Alec Soth, there is a lot more information and many images to be found on the web, I’ll just add a short video & then you can look around…

Poets ought not to be far from their words

I enjoy reading books on writing. It’s a great way to situate oneself in the tribe, as a writer amongst writers. The best books on writing offers a sense of belonging and purpose. This year I have read six such books, and am currently immersed in book no. 7; Diane Lockward’s The Crafty Poet. A Portable Workshop….

The point where the sky and the earth touch…

I am doing a little research on the firmament, that is; the concept of it. It’s common knowledge – but still worth a second thought: The word firmament comes from the Latin firmus, or “firm,” and this description of the sky as something solid reflects ancient ideas of the way the universe was constructed. The…

An ode to the village idiot

YOU KNOW: I have been thinking a lot about ugliness lately … my most recent thoughts on the theme is today published by ZETEO Iiu Susiraja, copyright Iiu Susiraja . Money has the property of being able to buy anything, to take possession of all objects . . . What I am and what I…