The Poem of the Future, by J.R. Solonche

•November 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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The Poem of the Future

The poem of the future will be smaller.
It will fit in the palm of your hand,
on your wrist, in your ear.

The poem of the future will not need
bulky batteries or cumbersome wires.
It will be powered by moonlight and weed.

The poem of the future will be automatic.
It will go for months without routine maintenance.
It will be faster, smoother, with a digital tick.

The poem of the future will be lighter.
It will be made of plastics and exotic metals.
It will be available in hundreds of shapes and colors.

The poem of the future will make our lives true.
It will perform in a second what it takes
the poem of the present a day to do.

The poem of the future will talk to us.
It will say things like “Buy IBM,” and “Be my friend,”
and “Pulvis et umbra sumus.”

 

Read by Garrison Keillor.

 

Karin Hellman’s Textile Art

•October 24, 2017 • 1 Comment

Helsinki Taidehalli is showing works by Karin and Åke Hellman, a husband and wife who produced art in paint, textiles, and mixed media for nearly eighty years.

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I particularly loved Karin Hellman’s textile pieces, which she made from her family’s old clothes and household goods. Click and zoom for a closer look at all the textures.

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Fiskars Scissors Art

•October 21, 2017 • 1 Comment

The Helsinki Design Museum has an exhibit right now celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiskars scissors. It was more interesting than I expected. Lots of cool cut paper art.

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Cape Disappointment 2017

•October 6, 2017 • 1 Comment

We’ve taken lots and lots of photos of Cape Disappointment over the years.

This year I made a video.

(Unmute for nature sounds.)

Bare-Faced

•September 26, 2017 • 1 Comment

I grew up in a culture where women cover their faces. There is no law requiring it, and in some parts of the country there are many women who go out in public without any facial covering, but it is extremely rare to see a woman in the media or in a prominent position with her face uncovered, and the sight of a woman with her face showing in a national magazine will provoke heated public discussion.

A traditional covering may be a heavy layer that hides the face almost completely or a lighter one that only slightly obscures the features. Girls are encouraged from an early age to start covering up, and by the age of 14 or 15 girls in some families will be questioned if they leave the house, or greet visitors other than close friends and family, with a bare face. But most of the time there is no need to remind girls to follow the tradition, because they can see that women who opt to go uncovered are often pitied and considered unlikely to succeed in marriage or professional life.

princessmaskMany women embrace the tradition with fervor and say that covering their faces makes them feel empowered, that they feel more womanly and even virtuous when it is harder for others to see their faces. In fact one common term for the covering is ‘face’, as in ‘I have to put on my face’, which is indicative of how thoroughly women can come to identify themselves with the coverings they wear. The most common name, however, is ‘make-up’, and is connected to the idea of tidiness and properness, as in making up a bed by neatly covering it in sheets and blankets.

Fresh Basil Frozen in Olive Oil

•September 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Barnaby Dixon’s Puppets

•August 26, 2017 • 1 Comment

Puppet lovers, visit Barnaby Dixon’s youtube channel at your own risk, because it is very hard to leave.

Here’s just one of his amazing hand-built puppets.

Dabchick is also delightful.

The New Colossal

•August 10, 2017 • 2 Comments

The Guardian invited poets in a time of Trump to reimagine Emma Lazarus’s The New Colussusthe poem inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Here’s what I came up with:

Give me a good line, like “You’re fired,” no more,
and I’ll take a muddled stab at learning to be me,
a wretched recluse with a team, a score,
You want in? Then toss a tweet to me,
or leave a gift outside my golden door.

Give it a try!

 
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