in case you were wondering

“The accordion is the best instrument for mournful occasions because it is melancholy and beautiful and cumbersome and ridiculous at the same time.”

– Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows


the gospel according to kandinsky

Lend your ears to music, open your eyes to painting, and … stop thinking! Just ask yourself whether the work has enabled you to walk about into a hitherto unknown world. If the answer is yes, what more do you want? 

The more frightening the world becomes … the more art
becomes abstract.

Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.

— Wassily Kandinsky


quote of the week

‘Poetry is the journal of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables
to shoot at the barriers of the unknown
and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script
telling how rainbows are made
and why they go away.’  

~ Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered





creativity quote of the day

‘When I’m asked about my work, I try to explain that there is no mystery involved.
It is work. But things happen all the time that are unexpected, uncontrolled, unexplainable, even magical. The work prepares you for that moment. Suddenly the clouds roll in
and the soft light you longed for appears.’

— Photographer Annie Leibovitz


quote of the day

“Poetry is for desperate occasions.”

— Kay Ryan

nice chair


quote of the day

This heart, I know,
To be long loved was never framed,
For something in its depths doth glow
Too strange, too restless, too untamed.
— Matthew Arnold, A Farewell