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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SAAM Reflection: Art Is

“Personally, I experience the greatest degree of pleasure in having contact with works of art. They furnish me with happy feelings of an intensity such as I cannot derive from other realms." ~ Albert Einstein

Today we danced through a lesson on poetry and art, selecting a particular piece for evaluation and letting our dreams fill in the blanks that the artist left behind. I chose "Dust Bowl" by Alexandre Hogue because it grabbed my attention the day before while we were walking through the galleries. I've just finished reading "The Laramie Project" about the murder of Matthew Shepard and Hogue's broken bardbed fence surrounded by this desolate landscape seemed like an illustration straight from the play. After putting ourselves into the scenes we selected, we were asked to take something meaningful back out with us ... in the form of a poem.

ambitious illusions of unnatural grandeur

covered yet again by the inevitable sands of time

washed like dry waves across an ancient face

to clean away the delicate piles of dead skin

the unintentional blemishes, the intentional scars

and while the wind sings its rain song

of broken hearts and fruitless labour

and the sun closes her tired eyes to mourn another future buried by itself

mountains to molehills when dreams become dust

in the desert of our days

no more echoes to reinforce the lies we tell ourselves

only the space we once filled

now a screaming silence letting us know

that this war will never end ... and you will never win

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