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Derek Walcott, Nobel Prize Poet & Playwright Dies at 87

March 17th, 2017
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    January 23, 1930, Castries, Saint Lucia
    Died: March 17, 2017, Saint Lucia
    NYtimes obit

    Derek Walcott, whose intricately metaphorical poetry captured the physical beauty of the Caribbean, the harsh legacy of colonialism and the complexities of living and writing in two cultural worlds, bringing him a Nobel Prize in Literature, died early Friday morning at his home near Gros Islet in St. Lucia. He was 87.

    BBC obit

    His great skill, and gift to literature, was the way in which he used his unique poetic voice to explore and explain the world from a largely unseen perspective.
    He was never parochial or nationalistic, quite the opposite in fact. Derek Walcott was a master at using the specific to identify common ground and universal themes, illuminating both the individual and the collective.

    Walcott wrote dozens of books of poetry and plays, among them his epic poem Omeros and his Obie-winning drama, Dream on Monkey Mountain.

  • From Canada (Warlus) The Stranger who has loved you.

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    (Mark Strand, Joseph Brodsky, Adam Zagajewski, and Derek Walcott in Brodsky’s garden)

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    Seen here with Seamus Heaney in Dún Laoghaire DART station, 1989 [photo: Matt Kavanagh]

    Brilliant poets find one another: their world is very small even though their influence is wide and deep. Being a self-described “country boy” didn’t mean that Derek was cut off from so-called literary society. Derek’s closest poet friends, the Russian-born Joseph Brodsky and Irish poet Seamus Heaney, wrote about the pain and fascinating distance and longing that comes with being in exile.

    A Mighty Poet has died (New Yorker)

    Love After Love
    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.
    Derek Walcott

  • Moring Paramin Derek Walcott and Peter Doig (See art by Peter Doig)

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    Photograph: From left: Tatyana Tolstaya; Mark Strand; Susan Sontag; Richard Locke, chairman of the School of the Arts Writing Division, and Derek Walcott.

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    March 17th, 2017
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    Eileen Gray the Irish Designer

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    Sinead O’Connor photo by Jane Bown

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    Photo by Hiroshi Sugimoto (via)


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    Happy St Patrick’s day!

    Paterson – A Musical, Visual and Poetic Experience

    March 14th, 2017
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  • A Musical, Visual and Poetic Experience based on Paterson by William Carlos Williams

    Williams said: “The Falls let out a roar as it crashed upon the rocks at its base. In the imagination this roar is a speech or a voice, a speech in particular; it is the poem itself that is the answer. “

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    Love Song to Poetry, Paterson – Jim Jarmusch, Adam Driver and Ron Padgett

    March 13th, 2017
  • Jim Jarmusch: I called the character Paterson, in the film, because of the poem Paterson by William Carlos Williams. He makes a metaphor in the poem of a landscape above the waterfalls there as being like a man. And then I just kept this metaphor; “I’ll make a film about a man named ‘Paterson’ who lives in Paterson, who writes poetry,” you know.

    Jim Jarmusch and Jonas Mekas on Film, Poetry and Trump

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    Jonas Mekas: Where is poetry in your life?
    Jim Jarmusch: It’s important to me. I read a lot of poetry. I studied with Kenneth Koch and David Shapiro at the New York School, and I’ve been guided by poets all my life.

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    Nagatoshi and Adam Driver (“Nagatoshi from Mystery Train reuninted with Jim Jarmusch in Paterson)

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    (Youtube excerpt here )

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    Golshifteh Farahani
    (Golshifteh’s last film performance in Iran was in About Elly directed by Asghar Farhadi. According to her IMDB -Golshifteh was separated from Louis Garrel.)

  • LA Times on Paterson Poetry

  • Jim Jarmusch

  • Ron Padgett (Who wrote 3 poems for “Paterson”)

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    (Bill Berkson and Ron Padgett)

    Previous post on Bill Berkson

    nine poems by Ron Padgett

    Night Jump

    At night Chinamen jump
    on Asia with a thump

    Who but Frank O’Hara
    could have written that?
    and then gone on to speak of
    love and something he calls grace.
    To start out so funny
    and end up with mystery and grace —
    we should all be so lucky.

    Instinctive & Mysterious Painter Howard Hodgkin Died at 84

    March 9th, 2017
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  • Howard Hidgkin Quicksilver Colorist dies at 84 (Art News)

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    Sir Howard Hodgkin, regarded as one of Britain’s greatest contemporary painters, has died aged 84.

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    Hodgkin paints fairly reclusively, on several paintings in parallel, most of which take years to complete. (from Rodcorp)

    Do you have a Hodgkin painting? Mine is in the bathroom on top of small stack of Japanese books – two by Kawabata Yasunari. I was not thinking of Hodgkin when I painted this.

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    (Repost)

    2006 interview –

    There is something about his work, something so delicate and instinctive and mysterious, but also so direct and simple and intense, that talking about it will not help anyone to see his paintings better. From I Hate Painting – Guardian, Colm Toibin’s interview)

    But I work in a country where I think that if I didn’t talk about my work at all people might not even bother to look at it.
    Howard Hodgkin

    A perfect example of Hodgkin’s sharp personality is the small You Are My Sunshine, which, like a sycophant’s true feelings, contains a snide black core within effusive, almost hyper orange and yellow. (The Color of Turmoil by Ana Finel Honigman)

    Colour is, of course, what characterises a Hodgkin painting. Seductive and jewel-like, it is never simply there for its own sake. In this he belongs to a distinctively European tradition, with the French post-impressionists Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, and with Henri Matisse. As Susan Sontag pointed out, he is mindful of the ancient quarrel between Michelangelo’s preference for disegno over Titian’s for colore. It is as though he wants, she said, “to give colore its most sumptuous exclusive victory”. (Living Color - Sue Hubbard)

    The Boxman, Abe Kobo & His Collaboration with Teshigahara

    March 7th, 2017
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    Photo of Catherine Deneuve by Man Ray + Wajda with Polanski & G.Depardieu

    March 6th, 2017
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    (Photo by Man Ray,1968)

    Catherine Deneuve said in an interview here.

    “To be in his atelier, to see those objects he had made and to experience his excitement at making the photograph. I was curious about all of these things.” She remembers him as “nice, welcoming, but he didn’t talk so much. His approach was soft, gentle. The way he worked reminded me of Buñuel.”

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    (Gerard Depardieu was Danton directed by Wajda)
    March 6 -birthday of late Andrez Wajda

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    Wittgenstein and Hitler Attended the Same School in Austria, at the Same Time (1904)

    Ludwig Wittgenstein archive (his photos, the house he designed etc)

  • Happy Girls Day in Japan – March 3 is Hinamatsuri Day – 2017

    March 3rd, 2017
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    Dolls trailer (Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Poland gave this the best film award – costume design by Yoji Yamamoto)

    Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri ablum

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

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    (Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Dandridge & Marlon Brando )

    Google Belafonte and Marlon Brando here.

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    Ralph Ellison – March 1, 1914. (His birthday)

    Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017), The Suicide of Chinese Photographer at 29

    February 24th, 2017
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    Aperture Solo Show

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  • Action, Arnachy, Audacity-Seijun Suzuki B Film Visionary Dies at 93

    February 22nd, 2017
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    Jannis Kounellis of Art Povera RIP – (23 March 1936 -16 February 2017)

    February 16th, 2017
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  • An amazing artist Jannis Kounellis passed away.
    He was 80 years old.

    Jannis Kounellis was born in 1936 in Piraeus, Greece. In 1956, Kounellis moved to Rome and enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti.

    “One needs to consider that the gallery is a dramatic, theatrical cavity… My work is not surrealistic, the effect is theatrical, it is Baroque.” – Jannis Kounellis

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    Kounellis at Tramway

    Kounellis at Crownpoint

    Google Jannis Kounellis

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    Fragments of Memory