In this blog we will share with you our vision of beauty, balance, harmony.

As Mark Leach writes in his book Raw Colour with Pastels: “Sound is all around us, and it is musicians who refine that sound into something of beauty. As a painter, I have always felt that my purpose is to craft colour in a similar way, to see through the confusion and seek harmony and beauty.”

And we add: Words, fragments of sentences, spoken noise is all around us, and Ken arranges words in such a way as to capture beauty in the accidental, the ambient soundtrack of life.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mediterranean

Zypressen - Cypress Trees






MEDITERRANEAN WOMAN

You stumble out into the garden first thing
only to find a headless mouse
in the lumpy gravel.

Muchos  gracias, senor Gatto.

The Middle Sea ignores all things nocturnal,
lives in and for the light.

Back in the bungalow  (a retired
storage shed, olive oil and wine, cool)  your wife is preparing
her hangover for the other hangovers that she meets,  ie., yours.

The cock’s crowing has the deep throaty insistence
of a drill instructor on the first morning of boot camp.

More comforting and softly intrusive is the sound of Pedro’s  (Mexican
expatriate)  stacking (not even quietly) of branches and other vegetal
debris from the orchard for his once weekly bon fire—is
he raising sweet smoke for the benefit of an Aztec deity?

It’s not only the pungent richly veined cheeses
or deep red vintage aging intricately (aren’t we all,
more or less?)  in the cellars of a monastery, inspiring
someone to say, I was as shitfaced as a Spanish monk.

It’s not just you, in a slow sweat,
eating lamb in mustard sauce beneath the
thick leaves of a plane tree, watching the girls and women
come and go. It is also the stifling night without sleep.

It is also the Mediterranean woman—cutting through
the warm air like a mythic vessel
Cassandra
Medea
Iphigenia In Tauris
Maria Callas at the MET
Dominique Sanda in “1900”

Unreal.





1900
Dominique Sanda and Robert de Niro in a
film by Bernardo Bertolucci

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