Monthly Archives: September 2012

September 2012

The Sunday Poem : Jean Valentine

By |09.29.12

    No one has captured the essence of Jean Valentine’s poetry as eloquently as the late writer Adrienne Rich: “Looking into a Jean Valentine poem is like looking into a lake: you can see your own outline, and the shapes of the upper world, reflected among rocks, underwater life, glint of lost bottles, drifted leaves. The known and familiar become one with the mysterious and half-wild, at the place where consciousness and the subliminal meet. This is a poetry of the highest order, because it lets us into spaces and meanings we couldn’t approach in any other way.” Door [...]

Writer Christian McEwen on Creativity and Slowing Down

By |09.26.12

 

Every day we’re faced with the decision of how and where to focus our attention. Sustained attention may be the most endangered resource in our modern age. We often forget that we have a choice about how we spend our time, as well as how we use technology. No one is requiring us to live harried lives in a reactive state, constantly struggling to stay on top of emails, texts, deadlines, and our overfilled schedules.

Writer and poet Christian McEwen understands the relationship between time and imagination better than anyone. Her new book World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down makes […]

The Sunday Poem : Jim Daniels

By |09.22.12

 

 

 

 

 
Last Day in Coldwater

Our phone died due to lack
of payment. I left her a note
and trudged down
the gray splintered stairs.
She was sleeping the weekly
sleep of the dead,
the morning crash after the stairs
burned down beneath her.
After days of artificially sustained
floating above the scorched earth.
Paying bills required
a certain sustained attention.
We had cold water
and nothing more.
The unwritten debts were due.
They had the steepest
interest.
Listening to the blue music
of our veins, we had broken
the unwritten rules
and red-tagged our whereabouts.
I walked through dawn
and into hunger. I walked past
the smell of coffee and the shrinking
menu of our young lives.
We were close to Ohio,
closer to Indiana. Michigan
did […]

  • Tatzu Nishi's public art installation, Discovering Columbus, opened in New York City on Thursday. Here the artist is pictured with Gaetano Russo's DATE sculpture. (Photo by Tom Powel courtesy the Public Art Fund)
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    Tatzu Nishi Builds Christopher Columbus a Living Room in the Sky: Exclusive Photos

Tatzu Nishi Builds Christopher Columbus a Living Room in the Sky: Exclusive Photos

By |09.21.12

    Last week I featured Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus on my Don’t Miss List for September. Two New Hampshire friends, who were on their way to Manhattan this weekend, asked me to recommend the one thing they shouldn’t miss during their trip. My response: Discovering Columbus, which finally opened yesterday. Since no interior photos of the installation were available last week, a few readers were clearly baffled by the project when it appeared on my list. Trying to explain the project in person proved to be no easier: Me raving with enthusiasm: “It’s Christopher Columbus…inside a room!” Skeptical friends starting [...]
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    15+ Books Worth Reading from Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine

15+ Books Worth Reading from Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine

By |09.19.12

  I do quite a bit of traveling for Gwarlingo these days and one of the best things about being on the road is discovering out-of-the way, independent bookshops. For me, walking into a deftly run, well-curated bookstore is almost as good as losing myself in a bang-up novel: there’s a sense of forgetting, as well as discovery. That is exactly how I felt when I walked into Lacy Simons’ shop Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine, in late August. I was fresh from a week on a boat and was literally finding my “land legs” when I stopped into [...]

The Sunday Poem : Joan Murray

By |09.15.12

    Today’s Sunday Poem is a special excerpt from poet Joan Murray’s project The Visitor: Poems from the Eastman House. The last time I saw Joan she was working on this series of poems at The MacDowell Colony. I asked Joan to tell us more about this project, which was inspired by photographs in the collection at the George Eastman House, the world’s oldest photography museum… A few years back I was invited by the director of the Eastman House to collaborate on a project. He was aware of a few poems I’d written in response to works in [...]
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    Art On the Radar : Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List for September

Art On the Radar : Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List for September

By |09.14.12

    The invitations, event notices, emails, and review copies are pouring in. The fall arts season has officially arrived. If only I could clone myself, then perhaps, I’d have a chance of catching even a handful of these concerts, openings, and shows. I wish I could attend everything listed here, but since I can’t, I hope you’ll venture out in the coming weeks and report back on what you loved (and what you didn’t). Here is my completely biased Don’t-Miss List for the coming month (in no particular order). If I’ve overlooked an event you think Gwarlingo readers would [...]
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    The Complete Creative Part 1 : How “If-Only Syndrome” Derails Us As Artists

The Complete Creative Part 1 : How “If-Only Syndrome” Derails Us As Artists

By |09.12.12

    When Gwarlingo readers give me feedback, I listen. You’ve been telling me that you’d like to see more articles about process and the challenges of being an artist. I’ve appreciated your emails and comments. Today, I’m excited to launch a new series on Gwarlingo called The Complete Creative, an in-depth series that will examine some of the topics that most concern you and your creative life. During the coming months, I’ll be covering practical topics like money, social media, deadlines, artist retreats, presenting yourself online, and grant writing, as well as a range of deeper, more complex subjects [...]

The Sunday Poem : Judith Kitchen

By |09.08.12

 
 

 

(Note: Today’s Sunday Poem is part of Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series and is made possible by The Poetry Foundation This one is for all of the gardeners out there!)

 

By describing the relocation of the moles which ravaged her yard, Washington poet Judith Kitchen presents an experience that resonates beyond the simple details, and suggests that children can learn important lessons through observation of the natural world.        -Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006

 

 

 

 
Catching the Moles
 
First we tamp down the ridges
that criss-cross the yard
then wait for the ground
to move again.
I hold the shoe box,
you, the trowel.
When I give […]

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    An Exclusive Peek Inside Keith Haring’s New York City Studio

An Exclusive Peek Inside Keith Haring’s New York City Studio

By |09.05.12

    On a recent trip to New York City, I had a chance to visit the studio of the late Keith Haring. The fifth-floor space, located on Broadway between Bleeker and Great Jones Street, is now home to the Keith Haring Foundation. Haring first rented the studio in May of 1985, and it was his workspace until his untimely death in 1990 at the age of 31. He also owned an apartment on LaGuardia Place, only three blocks from the studio. Haring was born in 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the nearby town of Kutztown. Inspired [...]
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