Ulysses (I am become a name)

ULYSSES Alfred Lord Tennyson It little profits that an idle king, By this still hearth, among these barren crags, Matched with an aged wife, I mete and dole Unequal laws unto a savage race, That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me. I cannot rest from travel; I will drink life to the lees. All times I have enjoyed Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those that loved me, and alone; on shore, and when Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades Vexed the dim sea. I am become a name; For always roaming with a hungry heart Much have I seen and known—cities of men And manners, climates, councils, governments, Myself not…

Ulysses (an androgynous angel)

“He found in the world without as actual what was in his world within as possible. Maeterlink says: If Socrates leave his house today he will find the sage seated on his doorstep. If Judas go forth tonight it is to Judas his steps will tend. Every life is many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love, but always meeting ourselves. The playwright who wrote the folio of this world and wrote it badly (he gave us light first and the sun two days later), the lord of…

Chartres, Clarice

“… during love the impersonal jewel of the moment shines in the air, the strange glory of the body, matter made feeling trembling in the instants — and the feeling is both immaterial and so objective that it seems to happen outside your body, sparkling on high, joy, joy is time’s material and the essence of the instant.” -Clarice Lispector, Agua Viva +++ +++

Helen Frankenthaler

“The bridge between Pollock and what was possible,” as Morris Louis once said; Helen Frankenthaler died this past December. I remember being introduced to her work when I was 17 and trying to paint (and failing) and trying (and failing) to think / about being / both embodied and beyond my body at once. Still trying / failing. (Above: Helen Frankenthaler in 1956. Photograph: Gordon Parks/Getty Images. Below: Mountains and Sea, her first stain painting, created in 1952 when she was 23.)