Monday, March 31, 2003

Kudos, Sister Andrea

You never cease to amaze me, keep it up!
I am so pleased with this website for allowing us to share this information amongst our friends. Indeed that poem is both beautiful and a tad pretentious. I really love the first sentence, its very evocative of a winged creature that's either being torn apart or molting into the face of the observer/poet. In a little story I've been writing, a magically drunk witch accidentally grows a beautiful pair of wings, which fail on her mid-flight, leaving her to spiral down.. but that's another story.

All this discussion of Icarus and the Middle Ages reminds me of a painting entitled Landscape With The Fall of Icarus
, described here by William Carlos Williams:

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus
Pieter Bruegel

According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling

the edge of the sea
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings' wax

off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning

From Collected Poems: 1939-1962, Volume II by William Carlos Williams, published by New Directions Publishing Corp. © 1962 by William Carlos Williams.

Looking at the poem you feel that the age of reason was on the horizon, and that awe for the mythical had been lost. In my personal opinion, the composition is reminiscent of works by Bosch.

But I digress.. getting back to the time zone thing, I have no idea. Is it GMT?

Please note I added a link to the Cinderella project in my earlier post.

Links For People Who Want to Know More About Zen

Here is a review of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

Just to let you knowRyokan lived. A really long time ago.

And if you liked that poem by Honshin, you will like this site.


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