The Virtuous Artist: His Growth and Rarity (Illustration)

Do read the chart from bottom to top, please! I’m looking forward to a more detailed discussion, perhaps of individual artists. Michael’s question about Albrecht Durer sent me looking to create a coherent shorthand description of the “territory of value” on which an artist might be placed. I wonder how our readers would place Durer…

Is Sweet Poetry Bad Poetry?

Recently a friend told a brief story which was meant to illustrate the point that we often interpret others through a screen of our own tendencies. My friend was driving someone and became irritated when a badly parked truck blocked his access. He expressed irritation with the driver of the truck, then heard his passenger…

Five Poems: Poem 5, Being the Last Day of the Week

For those who aren’t sure, ‘scythe’ and ‘withe’ are both pronounced with the short ‘i’ sound. Scythe is a large implement for cutting tall grass, and withe is a thin twine of natural grass used to bind things. While some poems are not meant to be handicap accessible, they may become easier if  one doesn’t…

Five Poems: Poem 4, Natura

In medieval poetry, Natura often appeared as a goddess (which to Christian medievals would have been a literary convention that allowed them to show the workings of nature as something divine, a sort of mask of God.) Natura If I had understood a thing of what my nature told to me I might have had…

Five Poems: Poem 2, Procession

Here’s where I tried my hand at a Tennyson homage. It came out fairly bitter. Procession A river ought to glitter – it’s a thing to shine the sun on. The river road at night is no safe place for folks to run on. Observe what’s parceled out, here on the cracked and graveled ground:…