Reading John Berger……

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From Bento’s Sketchbook, a quote from Spinoza’s Ethics:

“We sense and experience that we are eternal.  For the mind no less senses those things which it conceives in understanding than those which it has in the memory.  For the eyes of the mind by which it sees things and observes them are proofs.  So although we do not remember that we existed before the body, we sense nevertheless that our mind in so far as it involves the essence of the body under a species of eternity is eternal and its existence cannot be defined by time or explained by duration.”

(Ethics, Part V, Proposition XXIII)

 

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Reading Muriel Rukeyser at 2 a.m.

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(excerpt from The Life of Poetry (Introduction) :

“In times of crisis, we summon up our strength.

Then, if we are lucky, we are able to call every resource, every forgotten image that can leap to our quickening, every memory that can make us know our power.  And this luck is more than it seems to be: it depends on the long preparation of the self to be used.

In time of the crises of the spirit, we are aware of all our need, our need for each other and our need for our selves.  We call up, with all the strength of summoning we have, our fullness.  And then we turn; for it is a turning that we have prepared; and act.  The time of the turning may be very long.  It may hardly exist.”

 

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Innisfree Poetry Journal – Issue 26

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With thanks to Innisfree editor Greg McBride for publishing the above poem in the current issue.

See also poet and essayist Rod Jellema’s essays on James Wright, Donald Hall, and Louis Simpson, in the same issue.

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New Work in the Studio

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“After”, graphite, acrylic, wax on paper; 26″ x 39.5″, 2017

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104 /2017

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073 / 2017

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Untitled 52 / 2017

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