Category: Arts

September 10th Birthday Love: Mary Oliver

Praying It doesn’t have to bethe blue iris, it could beweeds in a vacant lot, or a fewsmall stones; justpay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t tryto make them elaborate, this isn’ta contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in whichanother voice may speak. -Mary Oliver, from Thirst

August 27th Birthday Love: András Petőcz

Poet and writer András Petőcz was born on this day August 27, 1959 in Budapest, Hungary. Petőcz is well known for his transcendent visual poetry and concrete poetry, which is a form of poetry where the typographical arrangement is more important in conveying a message than the verbal significance. Here are two examples, the visual poem …

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August 17th Birthday Love: Ian Beck

Illustrator and author Ian Beck was born on this day August 17, 1947 in Brighton, England. “Few sounds were to be heard at that early hour, only the drone of the airship’s engines and the mournful mournful moans of the foghorns, which seemed almost to be searching for one another, somewhere along the silvered and …

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George Nelson, Designer of the Architecturally Stunning Nelson Bench

While avoiding a rainstorm, Nelson ducked into the architecture school building to stay dry. While walking through the building he stumbled across an exhibit called “A Cemetery Gateway”. After, unfolded his interest and progression in the field of architecture. During his time as an undergraduate, he was published in press pieces called “Pencil Points” and …

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Discovering Hemingway’s Cuba

I fell in love with Cuba, or at least the idea of Hemingway’s Cuba, in my mid teens. I read an article about the writer and delighted in the romance of a bygone age, salsa and adventure preserved in time. Maybe the idea of vintage cars made the historic more tangible. I determined that one …

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June 10th Birthday Love: Maurice Sendak

Happy birthday to American children’s book illustrator and writer Maurice Sendak, born on this day June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. His most well-known books include Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There. He also illustrated for Else Holmelund Minarik’s Little Bear books and for other authors. “Then from …

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April 23rd Birthday Love: William Shakespeare

There was a star danced, and under that was I born.-William Shakespeare It is believed that the great William Shakespeare was born on this day, April 23, 1564 in Stratford upon Avon, England, and also died on April 23 in 1616. Shakespeare is often referred to as “The Bard of Avon,” and is possibly the most famous …

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April 14th Birthday Love: Victor Borisov-Musatov

Artist Victor Borisov-Musatov was born on this day April 14, 1870 in Saratov, Russia.

April 7th Birthday Love: Gabriela Mistral

Tiny Feet A child’s tiny feet,Blue, blue with cold,How can they see and not protect you?Oh, my God! Tiny wounded feet,Bruised all over by pebbles,Abused by snow and soil! Man, being blind, ignoresthat where you step, you leaveA blossom of bright light,that where you have placedyour bleeding little solesa redolent tuberose grows. Since, however, you …

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April 6th Birthday Love: Leonora Carrington

The Giantess (The Guardian of the Egg) No foam-born Venus blown ashore on a shellShe crawled straight from the mouthof the whale turned her back on the map of her journeyfreed the geese that led herto her unknown home. As for the terrorthat overwhelmed hershe’s put it behind her so let waves rise, mound themselves …

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