December 15, 2020

You might like to know: my Sun is in Venus, my Scorpio is Ascendant, my Mars is in Pisces, my Venus is in Virgo, my Moon is in Taurus … that art is varied, variable of element, color, form.  You might like to know, that Art is the idea made real; that Art is fashioned…

December 1, 2020

You know, perhaps, the meaning of the word, “poetry”, derives, as does most everything of civil worth, from the Greek, “poesis”, a word descriptive of, “making”.  A poem is a thing made, alike a rocking chair, French fries, a statue; a poem is a thing made for a purpose: practical use, sensual joy, humane growth,…

November 15, 2020

The seasons of our lives, love to birth to death, bring moments of joy, of hope, of loss, occasions by which we learn to be in others, ourselves.  These occasions, the courting, the marriage, the birthday, the anniversary, the funeral and that final epitaph each deserve words appropriate to the occasion, suitable to the person. …

March 30, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 4: Homeric Hymns * * * IN JOY, in praise we lift our voices to God, all of them; we lift our voices in communion with the life-giving force of the universe; in song we participate, we join in meaning, one with the Divine.  Listening back from…

March 15, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 3: Introduction, Homer, Iliad * * * THE SOURCE of our religious imagination is HESIOD, more than any other author he codified the liminal character of our nature, the traditions of our cults, our ritual practices, et cetera; yes, even into Christianity, that Roman assumption of Yahweh,…

February 29, 2020

Bunyan’s Chores, A First Fancy: Ax in Hand. Perhaps you learned of Paul Bunyan from stories in books mother-read or father-read at bed-time, in rainy-day books you read to yourself, or by pass-the-time tales when in-the-car with family.  Perhaps you stood in the shadow of a gargantuan Bunyan statue, or rode on the wide back…

February 15, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 2: Homer, Odyssey * * * Sing through me, O Muse, of the man of many turnings, many devices who off-course wandered time-and-again after plundering the citadel of high walled Ilium.  Many cities he saw, many men, and learned their minds; many pains he suffered in woe,…

January 30, 2020

LITERATURE Essay 1: Homer, Hesiod, Homeric Hymns Part 1: Introduction, Homer, Iliad * * *   μῆνιν ἄειδε θεὰ Πηληϊάδεω Ἀχιλῆοςοὐλομένην, ἣ μυρί᾽ Ἀχαιοῖς ἄλγε᾽ ἔθηκε Here begins our literature, and all that came thereafter: Rage—Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles,murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses Fagles, Robert. The Iliad. New…