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Archive for July 19th, 2007

So Ugly It’s Beautiful, mask detail, photo by ybonesy, July 19, 2007Ever notice how artists and designers surround themselves with beautiful things? Not necessarily fine arts, but beautiful everyday things. Found objects or practical objects with a flair. Out-of-the-ordinary salt and pepper shakers, plain-yet-colorful plates, vintage scarves, oddly shaped rocks, pieces of gnarly wood. Do you save great-looking postcards just because they’re great looking? Or buy cheap-but-handsome trinkets and souvenirs? If so, you probably have an artist’s eye – that certain aesthetic sense.

Zigs and Zags, Mexican rug detail, photo by ybonesy, July 19, 2007To celebrate The Beauty of the Little Things, we have a new category on red Ravine called Everyday Art. We’ll upload photos of the objects in our lives that are striking, unusual, luminous. To remind us that you don’t have to have a lot of money or hold a big job with a fancy design firm to enjoy beauty in your every day.

Update: Last night QM and I stumbled across a new group on flickr called Everyday Art. Click here to check it out. Synchronicity…

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By Shira


The Discovery of Poetry
dedicated to Joan Logghe (but only my own responsibility)

You who are not imagination impaired
Imagine a life without poetry
A tea party set with sweet dainty biscuits, delicate cups of tea and no guests
A single bed in a grey-walled boarding house

Imagine a world without music or song
Monotone monologues, precise words with logical meanings
Meanings exactly as they sound.
No more

Imagine logic and testtubes for wall decorations
Dark plaid skirts on a little girl because they don’t show dirt

Imagine no home for longing and no place for love
A brown paper bag hiding death and anger
Matching table cloths, napkins, dinner plates and cups

You who love poetry
Don’t need a telephone or master
Friendship, wisdom and laughter
lie as close as your pocket
and your shelf.




She Loved Rosebushes and Fruit Trees
(a pantoum)

Four rosebushes line the path
The lemon tree she planted
Straight stairs up to the doorway
At 90 she still climbs

The lemon tree she planted
The house with ripe plums and apricots
At 90 she still climbs
Freeway’s steel stole her cherished home

The house with ripe plums and apricots
The California Dream
Freeway’s steel stole her cherished home
Far from the Old Country

The California Dream
Home of young Jewish men for her daughter to marry
Far from the Old Country
My mother slept above the dressing room

Home of young Jewish men for her daughter to marry
The retail shop in Ocean Park
My mother slept above the dressing room
No quiet place to study

The retail shop in Ocean Park
Worth the ocean crossing
No quiet place to study
Always reading books

Worth the ocean crossing
Wishes for a better life
Always reading books
A one bedroom apartment

Wishes for a better life
Some granted, some not
A one bedroom apartment
As frugal as my grandpa

Some granted, some not
Straight stairs up to the doorway
As frugal as my grandpa
Four rosebushes line the path



About Shira:  Shira lives in New Mexico and wrote these poems, her first, at Ghost Ranch in a poetry workshop taught by poet Joan Logghe. 


Of the workshop, Shira said:  The workshop was as much about appreciating poetry as it was writing poetry. Our teacher mostly referred to the teachings of Robert Bly and Natalie Goldberg. Joan read to us poems by many poets that deeply inspired her, both structured and unstructured forms. Each time we wrote, we would first do a brief meditation then write in ten to fifteen minute writing blocks. Then we read out loud. The students ranged from very experienced poets with Masters degrees to those who’d never written a word in our lives. I was inspired by the group and our teacher. I also appreciated the kind of feedback we did, which was “Recall,” where listeners repeated back certain lines that resonated. It was a way of saying that something was good without actually inserting judgment into the process.

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