Friday, July 30, 2010

Poem: Gregory Orr

Squander it all!

Hold nothing back.

The heart’s a deep well.

And when it’s empty,
It will fill again.

Gregory Orr 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Snapshot: Carl & Karin Larsson

The photo above is a detail of a watercolor included in Carl Larsson's book "At Home." I hope someday to visit Lilla Hyttnäs - the home of painter Carl, painter, and Karin, mult-media artist (painting, furniture design, weaving, ceramics). To see a photo of the room depicted in this image click here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book review: The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat, a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, is brought to brilliant new life by Canadian illustrator Stéphane Jorisch. Unlike the other books in this admirable series, Jorisch, gives you a fresh look at a well-known poem. He sets the poem in a segregated world where different species never mix and everyone hides behind a mask. Against this backdrop an aristocratic owl from Owl Heights and a bohemian pussycat from the other side of the tracks find each other. They escape society's disapproval by sailing in their pea green boat to "the land where the bong-tree grows" - a utopia of diverse creatures living together, their masks doffed for good. Jorisch's "playful and fantastic interpretation is a startlingly fresh approach that not only revives the poem...but also brings it new richness and depth." When you read this book be sure to pay attention to the last page.