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On the Mystical Theology of SpringMarch 19, 2008, 10:23 PMBotticelli's Primavera, Botticelli's Venus, creativity, Spring
*the consequences oftheologica mystica
what the composition is
centred around are of
the deep interior
Botticelli's Venus, innocent and flowering, beautiful
and fragile, a powerful goddess and
untouched maiden, a blossom of love
that is the garden itself...
Who is the
Hidden MasterpiecesMarch 12, 2008, 01:32 PMBotticelli's Venus, prosepoetry
like pure meditation.
Sky and sea and shell.
Fabric of wind blowing.
Is she a heliotropic metaphor, painted by a man whose preference wasn't women, who presented an idealized version of woman without her dark burning orchard?
No contrary opposing forces
dark intrigues, smoldering
like the fire rock
that buried Pompeii.
Nor is she a poetry of free association, drifting over the waves opening out towards non-meaning but fully signified: beauty, love, goddess.
She doesn't point us to the conflict of the unrepresentable, but to a representation of
beauty, a solar vision, of innocence, of love.
Botticelli's Venus carries no arrows, or armory.
A surface of
No lusty, passionate,
on the ocean's
Thin layers of translucent
The Birth of Venus and the Primavera kept from public view for almost five centuries, and then she rose like the morning star, radiating feminine beauty far and wide.
Pallas & the Centaur, Primavera, and The Birth of Venus commissioned by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de'Medici in the late 1400s for his Villa di Castello in Florence.
Secret, hidden masterpieces. Not seen by the public until the 19th century.
Venus, the spiritual birth of Humanitas.
Lofty ideal. Hunger of hot desire
The messiness of reality
can't be faked.
"the soul establishes itself
through loving itself in the ideal"1
1 Julia Kristeva, Tales of Love (Columbia University Press, 1987), 110.
Poetry & FruitMarch 11, 2008, 03:28 PMpoetry and fruit
I'm sure I didn't look like that, and I don't know where all the people are. Strange. I travelled on a crowded subway and walked amid streaming crowds on the way to work this morning. A stranger snapped the photo. I said it was because my briefcase wasn't full of business papers but poetry and fruit. He hurried away. The subject of the photo is the briefcase, not moi
, for surely that is what is important.
Days of Tears and LaughterMarch 10, 2008, 08:51 PM
It passed, on the 7th, another year. By not telling, it was easier. My birthday and Christmas are the 2 days I miss my father most and so there is grieving. Only now I allow myself time to miss, to lament, to offer remembrance and praise, to understand perhaps a little more of the mysterious universe each time I enter sorrow, its spirals of loss and redemption, of endings and continuance, of knowing what is gone and what is to come. I offer myself time to remember, to feel instead of the denial I lived for years and which caused unexpressed despair on 'my day' and the day of festive giving. With recognition of the depth underlying these two days, allowing grieving, they are much happier, take on a glow of warmth and love, a radiance that they lacked when I was hiding sadness under a veneer of gloss. Oh, perhaps a half hour alone to weep, to be in the place of dissembling, of loss, of the irrationality of death, then the rest of the day is lighter - fun, joy, sparkle, and laughter.
Which it was, along with the chocolate truffle chocolate mousse chocolate cream cheese cake from Decadent Desserts and the company of my son and some fine white wine...
The Green Wire ShelfMarch 4, 2008, 09:58 AMBotticelli's Venus, prosepoetry
It's a rickety wire corner piece with soldered leaves trailing in green over which I hung a couple of strands of small white festive lights. It fits in the tiny corner of the tiny room. The bottom shelf has a few scattered printed poems that I read into his voicemail, not that he should be the only one to receive them, and you should know that, and manuals for the Tivoli stereo and radio and the Bang & Olufson headphones; the middle shelf holds a refurbished black plug-in Northern Telecom phone with good unfuzzy sound, real retro; the top shelf, a small stack of articles and art books on Botticelli.
When I meditate I unplug the lights, and after lie down and close my eyes and let the silence take me deeper, when I come up from the depths I roll over and place the jack of the lights into the plug on the middle shelf, the one with the retro phone.
Oh, the books have fallen a few times. I know I should have fixed the wobbly wire garden corner shelf to the wall but I didn't have a large picture hook and the store I went to didn't have that size.
Of course it happened. The books tumbled and rolled and fell onto my head in the dark while I was trying to attach the plugs for the small trellis of lights.
I was stabbed by the hardcover corner of my favourite one, the prints are so lush, and I stare at them in the evenings wondering how the Renaissance master painted them.
I have a bruise on my right cheek bone. It's pale grey, and slightly sore. I cover it in a little tinted moisturizer.
My Botticelli bruise.
March 3, 2008, 11:31 AMBotticelli's Venus, poetry
hot and cold
wrapped in shawls
treachery of winds
is this cold
in the world?