Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Summer Sky, c. 1935
Kenneth MacQueen

Monday, May 21, 2007

Sunday, May 13, 2007


After Life (1998)
Hirokazu Koreeda

Portrait (Miss N.), c. 1903
Gertrude
Käsebier

Friday, May 11, 2007

Tuesday, May 8, 2007



Knee Song


Being kissed on the back
of the knee is a moth
at the windowscreen and
yes my darling a dot
on the fathometer is
tinkerbelle with her cough
and twice I will give up my
honor and stars will stick
like tacks in the night
yes oh yes yes yes two
little snails at the back
of the knee building bon-
fires something like eye-
lashes something two zippos
striking yes yes yes small
and me maker.

Anne Sexton

Monday, May 7, 2007

The Sun Rising


Busy old fool, unruly sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows, and through curtains call on us?
Must to thy motions lovers' seasons run?
Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide
Late school boys and sour prentices,
Go tell court huntsmen that the king will ride,
Call country ants to harvest offices,
Love, all alike, no season knows, nor clime,
Not hours, days, months, which are the rags of time.

Thy beams, so reverend and strong
Why shouldst thou think?
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long;
If her eyes have not blinded thine,
Look, and tomorrow late, tell me,
Whether both th' Indias of spice and mine
Be where thou leftst them, or lie here with me.
Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear, All here in one bed lay.

She's all states, and all princes, I,
Nothing else is.
Princes do but play us; compared to this,
All honor's mimic, all wealth alchemy.
Thou, sun, art half as happy as we,
In that the world's contracted thus.
Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be
To warm the world, that's done in warming us.
Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere;
This bed thy center is, these walls, thy sphere.


John Donne

Julia and Charles Norman, 1864
Julia Margaret Cameron

Saturday, May 5, 2007


Head of a Young Girl, 1905
Eva Watson-Schütze

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Man With a Glove, ca. 1520
Titian