"Purple Potatoes and Radicchio", 5 x 7", oil on Ampersand Gessobord
"One of the most marvelous things about poetry is
that it's useless. It's useless. 'What use is poetry?' People occasionally ask in the butcher shop, say. They
come up to me and they say 'What use is poetry?' And the answer is no use, but
it doesn't mean to say it's without value. It's without use, but it is
valuable. The first thing the dictators try to get rid of are the poets, and
the artists, and the novelists, and the playwrights. They burn their books.
They're terrified of what poetry can do."
- Michael Longley
“The Ice-Cream Man”
Rum and raisin, vanilla, butterscotch, walnut, peach:
You would rhyme off the flavours. That was before
They murdered the ice-cream man on the Lisburn Road
And you bought carnations to lay outside his shop.
I named for you all the wild flowers of the Burren
I had seen in one day: thyme, valerian, loosestrife,
"Satsuma Orange and Bosc Pear", 5 x 7, oil on Ampersand Gessobord
For a group of artists in New Britain, PA, the annual
Christmas party in the home of Carole Wick is highly anticipated each year. In addition to beautifully decorating her
home for the holidays, Carole even decorates her barn, the
summer space where she occasionally hosts classes taught by master artist Kass Morin Freeman. In her eighties, Carole is
sugar free, walks five miles every day, paints, knits, gardens, cooks and arranges
her living space with the most creative hand I’ve ever seen.
One Christmas, Carole knitted and felted lovely purses for
each member of the group. My purse was a
beautiful raw sienna color because, she informed me, raw sienna is my favorite
color. Whoa! Have you ever heard something so completely
true about yourself, that you were completely unaware of, that was an important
piece of who you are, that you never would have figured out unless someone told
you? Ever since, raw sienna and I have
been committed, confirmed BFF’s.
Since I’ve moved to the city I haven’t attended the New
Britain Art Group Christmas parties but raw sienna and I are going strong as
ever, especially during this season when beautiful Bosc pears are at their
best. And of course I’m fondly thinking of Kass, Carole, Donna, Barbara, Kathie,
Mary Pat, Jolynn and missing Barbara White.