Posted: June 29, 2015 Filed under: Poetry, Writing | Tags: American, confessional poetry, poet, Robert Lowell, sea, water
By Robert Lowell
It was a Maine lobster town—
each morning boatloads of hands
pushed off for granite
quarries on the islands,
and left dozens of bleak
white frame houses stuck
like oyster shells
on a hill of rock,
and below us, the sea lapped
the raw little match-stick
mazes of a weir,
where the fish for bait were trapped.
Remember? We sat on a slab of rock.
From this distance in time
it seems the color
of iris, rotting and turning purpler,
but it was only
the usual gray rock
turning the usual green
when drenched by the sea.
The sea drenched the rock
at our feet all day,
and kept tearing away
flake after flake.
One night you dreamed
you were a mermaid clinging to a wharf-pile,
and trying to pull
off the barnacles with your hands.
We wished our two souls
might return like gulls
to the rock. In the end,
the water was too cold for us.
Posted: June 21, 2015 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1910, 20th century, Odilon Redon, post-impressionism, symbolism, underwater, water
Underwater Vision. Odilon Redon. 1910.
Posted: November 4, 2014 Filed under: Art, Photography | Tags: 30s, 60's, angry, Hansel Mieth, LIFE magazine, monkey, Puerto Rico, Rhesus Monkey, Silvana Mangano, swimming, water, woman
Left: Hansel Mieth’s portrait of a Rhesus Monkey in Puerto Rico in 1938
Right: Portrait of Silvana Mangano on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1960
Posted: September 15, 2014 Filed under: Art, Film, Painting/Drawing, Photography, Sculpture | Tags: 80s, 90s, Alex Hartley, alps, Anish Kapoor, Balthus, Boyd Webb, camping, Mountains, Philip Worthington, River, Roni Horn, swim, tent, water, weekend
As if to Celebrate, I Discovered a Mountain Blooming with Red Flowers. Anish Kapoor. 1981
Scott’s Tent. Boyd Webb. 1984
[no title] Roni Horn. 1999
I’m Tired of Traveling. Alex Hartley. 2011
Summertime. Balthus. 1935.
Posted: May 20, 2014 Filed under: Art, Photography | Tags: Ana Regina Nogueira, Brazil, brazilian, dive, float, Gil Prates, nude, sea, water, waterfall, woman
Ana Regina Nogueira and Gil Prates
Ana Regina Nogueira and Gil Prates
Posted: April 3, 2014 Filed under: Art, Prose, Writing | Tags: 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, Alessandra Sanguineti, Alessandra Sanguinetti, art history, death, drowned, Ellen Kooi, Fire with Fire, Gregory Crewdson, Hamlet, John Everett Millais, Nadav Kander, Ophelia, recreation, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Ophelia, the way home, Tom Hunter, Virginia Madsen, water, William Shakespeare, woman
“There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Ophelia. John Everett Millais. 1851.
Millais‘ emblematic representation of Shakespeare’s Ophelia recreated through the ages:
Virginia Madsen recreates Ophelia in this scene from the film Fire with Fire, 1986.
The Way Home. Tom Hunter. 1999-2001.
Untitled (Ophelia). Gregory Crewdson. 2001.
Alessandra Sanguineti. Ophelia. 2002.
Erin Oconnor Posing as Ophelia. Nadav Kander. 2004.
Almere – Ophelia. Ellen Kooi. 2006.
“Lay her i’ the earth:
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
May violets spring!”
Posted: March 11, 2014 Filed under: Art, Painting/Drawing | Tags: 1911, british, James Dickson Innes, landscape, nature, primitive, Wales, water, waterfall
Waterfall. James Dickson Innes. 1911.