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, June 5, 2016

Land of Hope and Glory

Burst 60 x 50 cm mixed media on canvas board by Karin Goeppert


The Speaker of the House
knows whereof he speaks. Trim
the hedges, says the Speaker, scrub
the floor boards, shine your shoes. There
is no order in the heart, says the Speaker.

The pursuit of happiness is fraught with discontent.
Can’t-get-enough appetite keeps coming back: says
the Speaker: Eros or Thanatos? The Speaker
prefers Eros, yet even the famously amorous French
signify orgasm as “petite mort,” making
post-coital melancholy a version of the afterlife.

Ungovernable tempers are attempting to form
a government, announces the Speaker.  “Order!... I said
Order!” (the man frequently quotes himself). There
is no order in the heart, says the Speaker, toking
on a Thai-stick with one hand, sipping smoky whiskey
from the Isle of Islay with the other.

The heart knows no order, says the Speaker
to his jock-strapped super-stud lover; just make sure
you walk the dog and feed the cat. Sniff the cork first
then taste the claret. Take care of little things,
they more or less take care of you. As it were. So to speak. 

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