One step forward/Two steps back (anon, anon, anon) – Three Steps into 2017

Left: Found Text in Samuel Butler Exhibition Catalogue 'Travelling the Way of All Flesh', Right: Robert Edwin Peary at the North pole by an unknown photographer.

Left: Found Text in Samuel Butler Exhibition Catalogue ‘Travelling the Way of All Flesh’, Right: Robert Edwin Peary at the North pole by an unknown photographer.

“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

Yours for a resolute 2017

Extract from T.S Eliot’s Little Gidding, the last of Eliot’s Four Quartets, 1942. Quote reproduced from http://www.columbia.edu/itc/history/winter/w3206/edit/tseliotlittlegidding.html

The Nature of Life – John Ruskin meets Joan Miro

Joan Miro, Barcelona, Carborundum Print, 1970, 75 x 105cm

Joan Miro, Barcelona, Carborundum Print, 1970, 75 x 105cm

A thought for the new year:

“The foxglove tells us that our life is a whole, consisting of youth and age, of flowering moments and dying moments, of buds and seeds, of uses and needs. It is not one big blossom, but a whole plant. Its wealth resides in its wholeness and the relationships of all its parts to the whole. The dust gathers to make foxgloves, you and me. We too can shape the dust. What shape will that be…?” John Ruskin

What shape will you be?

Image reproduced from http://www.printed-editions.com/art-print/joan-miro-barcelona-20174

Merry Christmas Everybodies/Thanks for following

Winter Path © Denise Startin

“Did I Love a dream?”

My doubt, accumulation of a former night, ends up
As many a subtle branch, that having remained the true
Woods themselves, proves, alas! that I offered myself alone.”

Extract from “L’après-midi d’un faune”, The Afternoon of a Faun 1875 by Stéphane Mallarmé, quoted in The Poetics of Occasion, Mallarmé and the Poetry of Circumstance, Marian Zwerling Sugano, Stanford University Press, California, 1992:pp.38.

The Anxiety of Influence

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“The important thing is never to let oneself be guided by the opinion of one’s contemporaries; to continue steadfastly on one’s way without letting oneself be either defeated by failure or diverted by applause.” Gustav Mahler