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 4, 2017

Layla in Cincinnati

Pentecost 80 x 100 x 4.5 mixed media on canvas by Karin Goeppert


So what do you, like, want from life? This from
a gum-chewing girl, eyes switching off just as I
register her pointless question—
life doesn’t take requests—

still I wouldn’t mind languishing awhile
beneath the weight of a half dozen essential questions, preferably
in a garden, Calabria or California, either would do, olive grove out back
thunderstorms in late summer, in the evening

so that it’s cool enough to sleep
ants everywhere in the aftermath of rain
like all over that severed hand in “Andalusian Dog” and
a young woman attempting to console the poor thing

although, in hindsight, maybe there weren’t any ants—
I’m always in search of
a perfect image which I can then haul around
for ever like an ill-advised tattoo, a motto, I try

to explain all of this to a girl whose name—
she chews gum like she really means it—
whose name, whatever her name
is and who wishes, just like me, that she was anywhere but here.

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