Pirates of Worm Wood

Sunday 8th December 2019. The last time Steve and I meet before 2020 arrives. Today we have a business to do. No longer just observers, we want to leave a mark. Not out of sentimentality, but because we want to experience small taste of this violence to come, to understand in our own bodies what... Continue Reading →

Poetry in Truth

Poetry in Truth - Truth in Poetry A short excerpt from Edgar Allan Poe's highly inspired Eureka. The sense of the symmetrical is an instinct which may be depended on with an almost blindfolded reliance. It is the poetical essence of the universe – of the universe which, in the supremeness of its symmetry, is... Continue Reading →

Poetry in Prose – Bohumil Hrabal

An excerpt from the Handbook for the Apprentice Palaveer - by one of my favourite Czech writers, Bohumil Hrabal (1914-1997) (No translation can ever quite capture the freshness, sheer poetic force and subtle nuances of Hrabal's language but nevertheless...) I water flowers when it rains, in sultry July I pull my December sled behind me,... Continue Reading →

Inspiration through gastronomy

Summer Luncheon For Painters and Sculptors After a long period of rest, a painter or sculptor who wants to take up his creative activities again at three o’clock on a summer afternoon may vainly try to excite his artistic inspiration with a succulent – traditional meal. Weighed down, he would then have to walk to... Continue Reading →

The Magic Ritual of Tactile Initiation

A Poem by Jan Švankmajer The novice is isolated in a dark room He has to leave his hands submerged in a black ointment Meanwhile bandages from finely chopped stinging nettles and goose fat are alternatively applied to his back. The sole of his left foot is touching the surface of hot water The sole... Continue Reading →

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