If it gets cold—and it will

LAST PICNIC by Charles Simic … Before the fall rains come, Let’s have one more picnic, Now that the leaves are turning color And the grass is still green in places. Bread, cheese and some black grapes Ought to be enough, And a bottle of red wine to toast the crows Puzzled to find us…

Notes on Art and Politics

My review of Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts focuses on Ai as a political artist. It is an obvious thing to do – Ai Weiwei is an activist artist. Not an activist or an artist, but both. For me it is important to underline this point because many theorists, and also…

Go inside a stone

STONE by Charles Simic Go inside a stone That would be my way. Let somebody else become a dove Or gnash with a tiger’s tooth. I am happy to be a stone. From the outside the stone is a riddle: No one knows how to answer it. Yet within, it must be cool and quiet…