Sunday, February 7, 2016

Can you picture the world you want?

Although they may (or may not) have appeared previously in a posting on My Minnesota, these are some of my photos currently on display at the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community's Hallberg Center exhibit "that's what eye saw." The exhibit runs through this coming Sunday.

Autumn Cycle
Autumn Cycle
Photo by J. Harrington

Old Timers 1
Old Timers 1
Photo by J. Harrington

Summer Marsh 1
Summer Marsh 1
Photo by J. Harrington

Two of these were taken within a few miles of where I live. The other along the North Shore of Lake Superior. They help convince me that there's beauty nearby, almost no matter where we are, and that development can fit into the natural environment without dominating it, if we want it to.

Poetry, a Natural Thing

By Robert Duncan
Neither our vices nor our virtues   
further the poem. “They came up   
      and died
just like they do every year
      on the rocks.”

      The poem
feeds upon thought, feeling, impulse,
      to breed    itself,
a spiritual urgency at the dark ladders leaping.

This beauty is an inner persistence
      toward the source
striving against (within) down-rushet of the river,   
      a call we heard and answer
in the lateness of the world
      primordial bellowings
from which the youngest world might spring,

salmon not in the well where the   
      hazelnut falls
but at the falls battling, inarticulate,   
      blindly making it.

This is one picture apt for the mind.

A second: a moose painted by Stubbs,
where last year’s extravagant antlers   
      lie on the ground.
The forlorn moosey-faced poem wears   
      new antler-buds,
      the same,

“a little heavy, a little contrived”,

his only beauty to be   
      all moose.

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