The romance languages
have always disappointed me
for I imagined them love poems
and the letters of your requition
but the engineers have been here too
flattening honesty with their hammers
and in these mornings of my mouth
only nails in velvet come
leaving me the construction
for a song unsung
as from my lips the joists of nothing said
see me miserable with their architect
(lessons learnt well
in the heart’s technical school
provide no useful things
these days later in life).
Light, once lost,
neither receives nor transmits.
It matters not what the cause
of its extinguishment was or is.
It cannot be made back
but only by another, not itself.
This is how love works
It’s been a very New York-y week in my Standard Designs Etsy shop, what with the release of my Lou Reed Transformer print and now this - a print of the Velvet Underground’s debut album as a collection of Penguin books. Each book here represents a track on the album, and they’re…
If you are not going to change your route, why change your guide?
My life was simple
and now it’s gone it didn’t
last so very long
All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams.
Expect no improvement of men that are hungry, naked, and cold. Few men respect themselves in that condition. Hope not of others what would be impossible for you!
The pen will never be able to move fast enough to write down every word discovered in the space of memory. Some things have been lost forever, other things will perhaps be remembered again, and still other things have been lost and found and lost again. There is no way to be sure of any this.
90 min. English, Español | Dir. Randall Wright (2012)
Painted Life explores the life and work of Lucian Freud, undoubtedly one of Britain’s greatest artists. Freud gave his full backing to the documentary shortly before his death. Uniquely, he was filmed painting his last work, a portrait of his assistant David Dawson.
Lucian Freud: Painted Life also includes frank testimony from those who knew and loved this extraordinary personality. Members of his large family (he had at least fourteen children by a number of different women), close friends including David Hockney and Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles, his dealers, his sitters and his former lovers recall for the first time a complex man who dedicated his life to his art and who always sought to transmute paint into a vibrant living representation of humanity.
The film shows how Freud never swam with the flow and only achieved celebrity in older age. He rejected the artistic fashions of his time, sticking to figurative art and exploring portraiture, especially with regards to nude portraiture, which he explored with a depth of scrutiny that produced some of the greatest works of our time. This documentary is both a definitive biography and a revelatory exploration of the creative process.
We can still pity that which we are not fond of.