Monthly Archives: August 2019

Susan Sontag’s Radical Views Still Shape How We See Photography

Susan Sontag’s Radical Views Still Shape How We See Photography on www.artsy.net.

While Sontag delved into a few photographers’ careers, she was most prescient in her broader discussion of the medium’s proliferation. She referenced the camera’s addictive nature, but warned that taking pictures only gives “an appearance of participation”—our fevered adoption of Instagram today is the best evidence of her foresight. When we take a photo, we inherently distance ourselves from the world and people around us. Obsessive picture-taking is alienating—those with the most cluttered Instagram feeds, by Sontag’s logic, may be the most isolated, regardless of what their sunny snapshots broadcast. – Alina Cohen
Full story can be viewed at www.artsy.net.

Phptography art – Richard Avedon
Elise Daniels with Street Performers, Suit by Balenciaga, Le Marais, Paris, August 1948

David Lohrey in Modern Literature Magazine

Heavens to Betsy or Ivanhoe

The big city is on fire but not here.
Why must we live like bears
when we could be as proud as peacocks?
We sleep too much. We play dead.
Hibernating is for the birds. Paris is on fire
but here in Baltimore, people sleep.

Full poem can be viewed at Modern Literature.

David Lohrey’s plays have been produced in Switzerland, Canada, and Lithuania. His poems can be found at Nthanda Review, Otoliths, Eunoia, and Impossible Archetype. His fiction can be seen at Dodging the Rain, Terror House Magazine, and Literally Stories. David’s collection of poetry, Machiavelli’s Backyard, was published by Sudden Denouement Publishers. He lives in Tokyo.

MEETING DE KOONING

MEETING DE KOONING at Spillwords.com
written by: Dianne Moritz

“This is how it was: his shipwreck
of a house, beached on green lawn.
He held a wet paintbrush in his
paint-flecked hand. But Dennis
says: there was no paintbrush.”
Read more: https://spillwords.com/meeting-de-kooning/

Dianne Moritz writes poetry and picture books for kids. Her next book, HEY, LITTLE BEACHCOMBER, will be out soon from Big Belly Books. Adult poems have been in print and online in Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Drabble, Poets Salon, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Spillwords, and others. She is a frequent contributor to Highlights for Children.

Imagination

“The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.”

“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”

“Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

William Blake died on this day in 1827 and left us some of the most beautiful art and poetry of the Earth and the Imagination.

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