Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Winslow Homer, Fox Hunt, 1893. Oil on canvas. 38 x 68.5 in. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

by W.S. Merwin

Comet of stillness princess of what is over
       high note held without trembling without voice without sound
aura of complete darkness keeper of the kept secrets
       of the destroyed stories the escaped dreams the sentences
never caught in words warden of where the river went
       touch of its surface sibyl of the extinguished
window onto the hidden place and the other time
       at the foot of the wall by the road patient without waiting
in the full moonlight of autumn at the hour when I was born
       you no longer go out like a flame at the sight of me
you are still warmer than the moonlight gleaming on you
       even now you are unharmed even now perfect
as you have always been now when your light paws are running
       on the breathless night on the bridge with one end I remember you
when I have heard you the soles of my feet have made answer
       when I have seen you I have waked and slipped from the calendars
from the creeds of difference and the contradictions
       that were my life and all the crumbling fabrications
as long as it lasted until something that we were
       had ended when you are no longer anything
let me catch sight of you again going over the wall
       and before the garden is extinct and the woods are figures
guttering on a screen let my words find their own
       places in the silence after the animals

Source: The Vixen (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996)

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Ko Aung Myo Min reps Things Is Cool. He's the Human Rights Minister in Myanmar's opposition National Unity Government. It works in exile or in hiding in response to the February 1, 2021, coup that deposed an elected civilian government and installed army leader Min Aung Hlaing.

Friday, November 13, 2020


As far as surfing edits go, it doesn't get better than this Sam Smith/Wade Carroll film. Style master Michael February's wave riding pairs brilliantly with the music of local musicians Stevo Atambire, Faso Folly Band, and Aborigines Band. Images and sound recorded in West Africa.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

"We can be severe judges of ourselves when it is in no way warranted. A misplaced sense of responsibility can be a debilitating thing. . . . You have a conscience, and a conscience is a valuable attribute, but not if it begins to make you think you're to blame for what is far beyond the scope of your responsibility" (Roth, 102-104). 

Friday, June 5, 2020

     'If you could say, with truth, to your own solitary heart, to-night, "I have secured myself the love and attachment, the gratitude or respect, of no human creature; I have won myself a tender place in no regard; I have done nothing good or serviceable to be remembered by!" your seventy-eight years would be seventy-eight heavy curses; would they not?'
     'You say truly, Mr Carton; I think they would be.'
     Sydney turned his eyes again upon the fire, and, after a silence of a few moments, said:
     'I should like to ask you: Does your childhood seem far off? Do the days when you say at your mother's knee, seem days of very long ago?'
     Responding to his softened manner, Mr Lorry answered:
     'Twenty years back, yes; at this time of my life, no. For, as I draw closer and closer to the end, I travel in the circle, nearer and nearer to the beginning. It seems to be one of the kind smoothings and preparings of the way. My heart is touched now, by many remembrances that had long fallen asleep, of my pretty young mother (and I so old!), and by many associations of the days when what we call the World was not so real with me, and my faults were not confirmed in me.' (Dickens III.9)

Friday, May 29, 2020

"Più che il possesso delle cose quello che conta è le ricordasi delle cose, la memoria delle cose."

"What counts more than the possession of things is the remembrance of things, the memory of things."

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Artemis Design Co.

Artemis Design Co. makes loafers--like these--and slippers for ladies, gentlemen, and children. Read more about the shoes and the brand here

Monday, April 27, 2020


You love the stunning images of the vibrant natural world in the Line Islands, especially on Palmyra Atoll.