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, February 26, 2017

New, Tender, Quick


Rot-Orange II (Red-Orange II) ink/oil pastel on paper 20 x 20 cm




NEW, TENDER, QUICK

The rich complain about cooking odors/ dysfunctional
         mothers looking like gothic statues  
in an East German church/ hay rick, manure
        ditches, skin head revelry/ where the rich
                    would never go/ destined to concern
ourselves with issues trivial at best/ we read
          Elizabeth Bishop anyway, “my outlook
is pessimistic. I think we are still barbarians/ barbarians
             who commit a hundred indecencies everyday of our lives…”/
trying to stay positive, still it seems you
      are not only watching TV/ you’re on it/ handcuffed and walking
into the county courthouse/ some deputy’s wind breaker
thrown over your head/ cooking odors from a food stand/
            life tastes pretty good as you raise taco to mouth/ smells,
well, interesting as you rise past the doorways of drinking associates
   and mere neighbors, radio noise, animal habits, fugitive states of mind
no one will ever capture, cowering in the manure ditch,
hay rick/ utterly trivial/ stubbornly ourselves/ “…but I think we should
be gay in spite of it, sometimes even giddy—to make life endurable
    and to keep ourselves “new, tender, quick,” (George Herbert).”/ whiff
of hot dogs from the river’s edge, black lab rolling in the sand/
                                     two boys and three girls emerge
        from brown water/ giddy yet watchful/ light in their hair.




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