God Particles, Thomas Lux – When the first reader in the world said, “Let there be write,” Thomas Lux answered the call. The poems in this book are too good to be true, page after page. Thanks to my friend, Eric, for recommending this one after I sent him a picture of the poetry shelves in a bookstore and said “Tell me which one to buy, quick.” He spotted Lux’s book in the mob.
Stand Still Like The Hummingbird, Henry Miller – Don’t read this one. You’ll hate me for recommending it. But I love Miller’s insistent dislike for human behavior, and the way he beats his drum.
“Speak even when you’re not ready.” This one came from my friend, Kevin. His point was that if you speak enough times when you haven’t prepared anything, eventually you’ll always be ready to speak. I tried it. It works.
Yesterday. Just watched it for the second time, and it was even better this time. Clever, well-written, and it features music by the greatest band of all time.
This kind of art used to drive me crazy! Back in the days of art appreciation class, in college, I would get furious when they showed something that was temporary and called it art. A crumpled up piece of paper, a bent paper clip, a mountain wrapped in sheets…How could that be art?
Maybe perspective changes with age, or experience, but I certainly see things differently now. On first look at this picture, I thought wow! Then, when I realized what the subject matter was, I paused. I looked again. I wrinkled my brow and got ready to question it. I saw lines and design and pattern and repetition. Elements of art.
I returned to my original thought. Wow! I wonder how this got started. Was it originally a bunch of spilled crackers? Did the box get crushed and the artist decided to make something of it anyway? Maybe it was purposeful from the start. Who knows. The point is that I enjoyed looking at it.
Temporary art amazes me. I love to create and craft, but prefer the outcome of the effort to have a somewhat permanent basis. It doesn’t have to necessarily last forever, but for a little longer than I think this stacked wood art will last. This artist knows the wood pile is temporary, but is willing to spend the time to give the viewer something to be amazed by.