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Month: August, 2015

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Quote

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“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant—there is no such thing.

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Making your unknown known is the important thing—

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and keeping the unknown always beyond you…”

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Georgia O’Keeffe, in a letter, to Sherwood Anderson.

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Photo of Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918

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Ark

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Both on the material and the spiritual planes the ark symbolizes the power to preserve all things and to ensure their rebirth.

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Biologically speaking, it can be regarded as a symbol of the womb or of the heart, there being an obvious connection between these two organs.

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The basic symbolism of the ark is the belief that the essences of the physical and spiritual life can be extracted and contained within a minute seed…

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until such time as a rebirth creates the conditions necessary for the re-emergence of these essences into external life.

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The ark, during the cosmic parlay, floats on the waters of the lower ocean.

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The rainbow, in the realm of the ‘upper waters,’ is a sign of the restoration of the order which is preserved below in the ark.

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Both figures together, being complementary, complete the circle of Oneness.

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They therefore correspond to the two halves of the ancient symbol of the ‘world egg.’

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As a symbol of the heart (or of the mind, or of thought) the image of the ark is similar to that of the drinking-vessel, so frequent in medieval mysticism.

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from A Dictionary of Symbols by J.E. Cirlot

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Images: Photographs of political hip-hop artist Keny Arkana in montage with a page from The Lindisfarne Gospels, an illuminated manuscript created around the year 700.

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Constructing a Self-Referential Collage

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Moon shattering upon a highway her voice inside you.

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Her voice inside you, a falling stone.

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Her mountain stone an echo, your mouth erupting.

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Tattooed with Hittite song her skin barely visible, a windshield.

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Her Hittite moon evaporating, condensing upon your windshield.

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She confuses you while casting forth the vibrant song of singing birds.

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Birdsong at work within you, within a song-stone breeze, erupting.

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Her stone-sliding an echo.

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Almost a whisper

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Your voice evaporating & erupting, an engineering marvel.

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Lyrics on collage from ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’  https://vimeo.com/113869969

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You Send Me by Sam Cooke (& the Hamangian Cubists)

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Although cubistic, these artworks pre-date Cubism (and Sam Cooke) by roughly 7,000 years. Hamangia culture is a Late Neolithic archaeological culture of Dobruja (Romania and Bulgaria) between the Danube and the Black Sea and Muntenia in the south.

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Cubist image: Pablo Picasso, Girl with a Mandolin (Fanny Tellier), late Spring, 1910

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You Send Me by Sam Cooke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNco-e2CXuo

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 I do not claim credit or copyright for original source material in this post.
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If You Decide

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We need to learn an almost extinct language I will study with you.

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We need to live among the people whose language is almost lost I will join you and also learn traditional survival skills.

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To leave me for the shaman I will drive a stake through his medicine box, realize my grave error instantly, and escape, although barely.

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To beckon and summon, seducing me with whispers that reach into my blood, I will return.

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I must stand trial for my crimes against love and magic, I will escape, again.

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If you decide to hypnotize me while I sleep I will seal my heart against your vibrations and embrace the crazed dream of modernity. Because I am a fool. Weary of surviving on roots. Even the root of you. Even the root of me.

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If you decide I must seal my heart against the sounds you once made I will throw the window open a final time, upon your murmur coursing & drenched in starlight, intersected by a highway carrying the disappeared.

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If you decide to remain quiet I will train my ear to hear the sunlight falling.

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If you decide it is my duty to dig out the wooden stake I will return in the dead of night speaking an extinct language.

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Photo credit: Renee Perle, a Romanian Jewish girl who moved to Paris, is famous as the first muse of the famous French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986), who is considered one of the leading photographers of the 20th century.

http://www.romanianculture.org/personalities/Renee_Perle.htm

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