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May 2009

  Pirene's Fountain

A Journal of Poetry

In the lore of Greek myths, naiad Pirene was grief-stricken by the death of her son, Cenchrias. She dissolved into a fountain of tears outside the gates of Corinth. It was said the essence of a naiad was tied to her spring; she could no longer exist if the spring dried up, as is often the case with inspiration and poetry. Pirene’s fountain was one of three springs associated with Pegasus, and was sacred to the muses, who drank of the waters for fresh inspiration.

At Pirene’s Fountain, it is our hope that we can share of each other’s knowledge, and in the spirit of Ancora Imparo –“ I am still learning,” open our hearts and minds to inspiration.

"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."  ~Leonardo Da Vinci


Click to enlarge Rebecca Seiferle's text/image

At first, the blank canvas. Then a single point is whipped into a line, a curve, an image. Poetry, too, starts with a single word. The literary and visual arts both represent the human spirit, reflecting two sides of the same coin. Although their techniques differ, the aesthetic yield is similar; they both come alive with color, vitality and emotion.

The last couple decades have seen a number of poets experimenting with various forms of visual art. Ekphrastic poems are verbal representations of visual subjects; they offer pre-emptive words in place of visuals. Showcased poet Rebecca Seiferle merges her talents to create a new type of poem. To the left, is her “Other” poem, in which poetry fuses with art, and the two meld, flowing out of each other, creating an entirely new form that inherits from both its parent arts.

"It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet."

                                                                                                          ~Kojiro Tomita

Making An Impression

I stumbled into Claude the other day,
he couldn’t see that I was in the way.
He looked me in the pixelated face,
as though I interloped in time and space,
and said "My name is Monet, I declare,
what right have you to be here en plein air?"

Recovering my poise, I asked with tact,
"Good sir do you see me in the abstract?
Through cataracts do I appear quite blurry?
Or were you merely leaving in a hurry?"
He looked me up and down, then with disdain,
as though the mere suggestion caused him pain,
he smudged before my eyes, then disappeared,
the answer must have been as I had feared.

Oliver Lodge
May, 2008

"Madame Monet and her Son" by Claude Monet


By Tracy McQueen

Art often sparks inspiration in a sister art; the nineteenth century impressionist painter Édouard Manet  was close to Stéphane Mallarmé whose poem L'Après-midi d'un faune  inspired Debussy to compose his famous piece of the same name.

Art evolves and enriches itself. The delicate brush art from ancient Japan with its Samurai warriors and geishas, made way for the contemporary culture of Manga and Anime, which in turn generated work from brilliant artists like Hayao Miazaki who adapted the fantasy novel Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones into an animated film of remarkable finesse.

The fine arts represent a spectrum of life and its paradoxes: look deep into the arts and you’ll find us there—all of us.

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." ~Michelangelo

Banner: Detail from Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) 1883 By Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Right top image: Marc Chagall "The Blue Circus (Le Cirque bleu)" 1950
Center top image:
Henri Matisse “Red Room (Harmony in Red)”
Left top image:
Vincent Van Gogh “Café  Terrace at Night”