We went to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University today. Ostensibly, it was to see this installation, entitled Precarity, by John Akomfrah. But, of course, we saw everything else while we were there, too. It is based on the life of "Charles 'Buddy' Bolden, the first person known to have explored the sonic…


That smile

Yesterday, I was listening to Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels.  I've really been enjoying it.  It's incredibly grizzly and completely over the top.  (It's about Pinhead, of Hellraiser fame; so, that's to be expected.) One of the characters was described as having a "Gioconda smile." I like Barker's use of language as much as I…

Poen & a kite is a victim

Open Culture is a great website for finding all sorts of interesting media.  Today, there was a post on their Facebook page about a couple of videos of Leonard Cohen's poems. His poetry doesn't always touch me.  This one did.    

All is Vanitas

The North Carolina Museum of Art had a Still Life exhibition last winter and I learned a new word. It is vanitas. Vanitas "allude to the transience of life." They, frequently, have fruit (sometimes beginning to spoil), flowers (sometimes beginning to lose petals), butterflies, musical allusions, bones, time pieces.  Some were lavish bouquets of flowers…


Say not in grief that she is no more but say in thankfulness that she was A death is not the extinguishing of a light, but the putting out of the lamp because the dawn has come. - Rabindranath Tagore it is perfect.