Been on a poetry kick this past week.. enjoying the new scenery in California and spent some time at the ocean’s edge late the other night to see a shooting star streak half way across the sky. Reminded me of one of my favorite poems by Rilke.
Do you remember still the falling stars that like swift horses through the heavens raced and suddenly leaped across the hurdles of our wishes—do you recall? And we did make so many! For there were countless numbers of stars: each time we looked above we were astounded by the swiftness of their daring play, while in our hearts we felt safe and secure watching these brilliant bodies disintegrate, knowing somehow we had survived their fall.
The descent beckons
as the ascent beckoned.
Memory is a kind
a sort of renewal
an initiation, since the spaces it opens are new places
inhabited by hordes
of new kinds—
since their movements
are toward new objectives
(even though formerly they were abandoned).
No defeat is made up entirely of defeat—since
the world it opens is always a place
a world unsuspected,
beckons to new places
and no whiteness (lost) is so white as the memory
of whiteness .
With evening, love wakens
though its shadows
which are alive by reason
of the sun shining—
grow sleepy now and drop away
from desire .
Love without shadows stirs now
beginning to awaken
made up of despairs
and without accomplishment
realizes a new awakening:
which is a reversal
For what we cannot accomplish, what
is denied to love,
what we have lost in the anticipation—
a descent follows,
endless and indestructible.
Happy to have a photograph from Black is the Day, Black is the Night on display in this group exhibition. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend, so if you are in the Portland area make sure to check it out.
Photography at the Edge- juried by NEWSPACE Executive Director Tricia Hoffman.
Perhaps I’ll see you at the opening tomorrow eve..
Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR February 1-3, 2013 Opening: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 6–9 pm The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Printed Matter presents the first annual LA Art Book Fair, from February 1-3, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. An opening will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 31.
Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by 220 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers from twenty-one countries.
Opening: Thursday, January 31, 6–9 pm Friday, February 1, 11-5 pm Saturday, February 2, 11 am–6 pm Sunday, February 3, 12 pm–6 pm