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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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Status: Public
Entries: 155
Comments: 1,111
Views: 792,995


Entries for the Month of September 2011

In General form/function Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #83 New 09-23-2011 11:16 AM
Bernard Leach Pottery Studio St.Ives Tools by geishaboy500 used under creative commons licence

It seems reasonable to expect that beauty will emerge from a fusion of the individual character and culture of the potter with the nature of his materials.
Bernard Leach

I make functional pottery in an effort to preserve local culture in our modern throw-away society. My main goal is to inspire other people to make their own creative work.
Bernard Leach

Every artist knows that he is engaged in an encounter with infinity, and that work done with heart and hand is ultimately worship of life itself.
Bernard Leach

Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was a British potter and artist. He grew up in Asia and had close links to Japan. In his art he was strongly influenced by wabi-sabi, a Japanese concept of simplicity. He believed that function had overriding importance and he disapproved of art that was artistic for the sake of being artistic.

He established the Leach Pottery in St Ives in Cornwall in western England. He collaborated closely with a Japanese potter, Shoji Hamada. He was also involved with the Mingei functional folk art movement and its leading figure Soetsu Yanagi. He had a deep and lasting influence that went far beyond pottery and that has affected modern western concepts of design.

There are some interesting parallels with martial arts. At a basic level Bernard Leach studied with a master potter, Kenzan, and eventually developed his own style and even ...More Read More
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In General typhoon Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #82 New 09-15-2011 10:25 PM
Tokyo Typhoon by Altus used under creative commons licence

Think of the storm roaming the sky uneasily
like a dog looking for a place to sleep in,
listen to it growling.

Elizabeth Bishop, Little Exercise

Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.
Anton Chekhov, The Letter

Let chaos storm!
Let cloud shapes swarm!
I wait for form.

Robert Frost, Pertinax

Why now, blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark!
The storm is up, and all is on the hazard.

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar act 5 scene 1

This is where the typhoon starts
inside the fourth paragraph,
ten city blocks away

Nick Carbo, Typhoon Signal No. 1

An earthquake, a landslip, an avalanche, overtake a man incidentally, as it were - without passion. A furious gale attacks him like a personal enemy, tries to grasp his limbs, fastens upon his mind, seeks to rout his very spirit out of him.
Joseph Conrad, Typhoon

Late summer and September is the typhoon season in Japan. Typhoons are numbered each year starting again from number one. We have just had this season's Typhoon number 12. Its international name was Typhoon Talas but that name was never heard in Japan. The very heavy rain caused landslides and there have been many deaths in western Japan mainly in the area around Wakayama.

Japanese people sometimes ask me about the UK. No earthquakes? No. No typhoons? No. It must be nice to live in such a quiet place...

The word typho ...More Read More
Views: 2179 | Comments: 6

In General land slide Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #81 New 09-09-2011 03:31 AM
land slide
Three men survey the fallen tip By permission © I.C. Rapoport

Elegy for David Beynon

by Leslie Norris

David, we must have looked comic, sitting
there at next desks; your legs stretched
half-way down the classroom, while
my feet hung a free inch above

the floor. I remember too, down
at The Gwynne's Field, at the side
of the Little Taff, dancing with
laughing fury as you caught

effortlessly at the line-out, sliding
the ball over my head direct to
the outside-half. That was Cyril
Theophilus, who died in his quiet

so long ago that only I, perhaps,
remember he'd hold the ball one-handed
on his thin stomach as he turned
to run. Even there you were careful

to miss us with your scattering
knees as you bumped through
for yet another try. Buffeted
we were, but cheered too by our

unhurt presumption in believing
we could ever have pulled you down.
I think those children, those who died
under your arms, in the crushed school,

would understand that I make this
your elegy. I know the face you had,
have walked with you enough mornings
under the fallen leaves. Theirs is

the great anonymous tragedy one word
will summarize. Aberfan, I write it
for them here, knowing we've paid to it
our shabby pence, and now it can be stored

with whatever names there are where
children end their briefest pilgrimage.
I cannot find the words for you, David. These
are too long, too many; and not enough.

Aberfan is a village in Wales. On 21 Octo ...More Read More
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In General crow Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #80 New 09-02-2011 04:26 AM
Tears of the Crow by h koppdelaney used under creative commons licence

Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird
Further and further away
Into a moonless black

Theodore Roethke, Night Crow

Crow saw the herded mountains, steaming in the morning,
And he saw the sea
Dark-spined, with the whole earth in its coils.

Ted Hughes, Crow Alights

But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing farther then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered "Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said "Nevermore."

Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Edogawa Ranpo was an influential Japanese mystery writer. His name was an hommage to Edgar Allan Poe. The names sound roughly the same. Detective Conan is a very popular manga and animé about a boy detective. The main character is called Conan Edogawa after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edogawa Ranpo.

I mentioned crows in the blog post about the sounds of summer. I have heard them pause their cawing for a beat when children mimicked them. The crows in Japan are big and menacing. Perhaps they are ravens. They seem to know when to expect the burnable garbage so it has to be covered with nets. Crow in Japanese is karasu.

Some restaurants in Tokyo display their meals outside the entrance. These are usually wax models from Kappaba ...More Read More
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