Wordstorm is Darwin's literary festival, it takes place every 2 years, and is coming up fast, the second weekend of May. I can't wait!! To co-incide with the festival there is an exhibition at DVAA of work inspired by a poem by Michael Giacometti, an Alice Springs poet. It's a very landscape poem, and I've never been down to that part of the country, I was stumped for a while until I decided to work in fabric. For a while I thought this was going to be a sculptural wall piece, stuffed a bit like the mermaids, but it ended up stretched on a frame like a painting. The exhibition opens this friday. Next weekend (5th May) is the seabreeze festival, which is always wonderful. And the dry season seems to have arrived, I'm wearing a jumper!!!
It's poetry month in America, or anywhere in the world if you're on the internet.
Last weekend I caught part of a radio programme (Poetica on Radio National) which was favourite love poems chosen by all kinds of different people. It set me wondering what is my favourite love poem? There was something half remembered about a tablecloth!! So I went rummaging through my poetry books and re-discovered this - On The Table by Andrew Motion (please do hop across for a minute and read it).
I like that it's about love after being together in a couple for a long time. I like the conversational voice in the first verse as if he's trying to justify going out and making the rash purchase of a loud patterned tablecloth. And I can completely relate to being so attached to a piece of clothing - to it symbolising something personal - I had a painting skirt at Uni, and even 25 years later I constantly find myself buying red paisley anything, to replace the one that is long gone long ago worn out.
I'd love to hear about your favourite poem, or if you've been doing anything for poetry month.
Ooops haven't been here for a while, life has been hectic for a few weeks. One of those busy things I've been doing that I haven't mentionned is that I've joined a choir - since January. It has been sneaking into my artwork, my second painting for the Don Whyte exhibition is called After Choir.
After our weekly rehearsal, I come out past a garden of ornamental long grass and tiny finches cling to the stalks. I've written two haiku about it.
Under a full moon finches sleeping and swaying on stalks of long grass.
Even though I know to expect them, every week the finches are a gift.
The woman in this painting doesn't look like me, but vaguely like one of the altos!
My sketchbook page from last time also has a link to choir. I've had some of the music we've been learning loaded on my I-pod. The drawing is of the moment when some of the music clicked for me, when I sent from learning the music to loving it, when I saw the tree like an upturned boat and burst into song as an Indian couple came round the corner!! (which reminds me of long ago living in London I used to listen to my Walkman and sing out loud late at night to scare off possible muggers!)
I came across this lovely post at Tinnie Girl blog about following your heart/your dream. Sometimes it's hard to identify what it is you need - I hadn't been in a choir for 25 years!!! I didn't realise how much I was missing music - lucky I've been feeling bored and thrashing around trying different things, and lucky the choir I stumbled on is the most welcoming.
Hope you've had a relaxing long weekend. Happy Easter.
Think Like a Freak by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
The Tell-tale Heart by Jill Dawson
The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
David and Goliath - Underdogs, misfits... by Malcolm Gladwell
Matisse the master by Hilary Spurling
A Long Way from Verona by Jane Gardam
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Good News Bad News by Maggie Groff
The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
Giving up the ghost - memoir by Hilary Mantel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Books I'm reading 2013
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
The Unknown Matisse by Hilary Spurling
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Life after life by Kate Atkinson
Astray by Emma Donoghue
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
Mindset by Dr Carole Dweck
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks The South Bank Show - final cut (interviews) by Melvyn Bragg The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
Books I'm reading 2012
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure by Joanne Harris
When god was a rabbit by Sarah Winman
The Mind and Times of Reg Mombassa by Murray Waldren
Believing the lie by Elizabeth George
All that I am by Anna Funder
Paper Bliss (craftin!) by Skye Rogers
Obliquity (non-fiction) by John Kay
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
Night Street by Kristel Thornell
It takes a village by Christine Stinson
The New Republic by Lionel Shriver
Bird by Bird - some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lamott (again already!)
An awkward truth - the bombing of Darwin by Peter Grose
Talking about Detective Ficiton by PD James
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Failure is an option by Terry Robson
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Thirty-Three Teeth by Colin Cotterill
Haiku Mind by Patricia Donegan
Bird by Bird - some instructions on writing and life by Anne Lamott
Lessons in letting go - Confessions of a hoarder by Corinne Grant
Books I'm reading
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do The Stranger's Child by Alan Hollinghurst
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Margaret Olley Far From A Still Life by Meg Stewart
Bird Cloud a memoir by Annie Proulx
The Shifting Fog by Kate Morton Solo by Rana Dasgupta
The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno
Animal Vegetable Mineral (again) by Barbara Kingsolver The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver Adrienne Rich's Poetry and Prose Blink by Malcolm Gladwell Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 2010
To Heaven by Water by Justin Cartwright
The Outsider by Albert Camus
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Dirt Music by Tim Winton
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Anger of Aubergines (short stories) by Bulbul Sharma
The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Emily Carr a biography by Maria Tippett
High Tide In Tucson (essays) by Barbara Kingsolver