what I call you
when I think about you
and you are not there:
my silver staff
my evening glow
Friedericke Mayrocker. What words would you use? Art by Lakshmi Hussain, whose art you can buy via her site here, or just follow her Instagram feed @thislakshmi
Baltic herring market in Helsinki as shot for FARE magazine; irises by Ohara Koson; photo by @poshpedlar
At this time of year I always think of Wilfred Owen’s poems, that we studied in school, and that refer to the air growing bluer as dusk falls.
A name and an image from another era.
This is Spender’s “Mothers and Children, Glasgow” from 1939 and remiscent of the deliberately grainy way that Paris is shown in “Cleo from 5 to 7”
Miss Maidie and Elsie Scott. Painted in the First World War when the sisters befriended Wilfred Owen, this portrait is so redolent of the Edwardian Era.
For the first time I’m in two minds about Remembrance Day. Events in America and across Europe show the importance of not forgetting history, and with this year as the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and next year as the 80th anniversary of the start of World War Two, the next two years are important ones to recall. But my fear is that we’re more comfortable as a society in focusing on a carefully-glossed version of the past than in looking at more recent, veterans and social conflicts.
as painted by Monika Polak. The centenarian is presented as a natural phenomenon, a force of nature, a being beyond the human.
As every Jane Eyre fan will know, she insisted on buying grey merino even for her trousseau, but seeing this 1860s crinoline with purple-slashes sleeves makes me think maybe it wasn’t so muted after all. Dress in the Met Institute of Fashion.
A Chinese brush washer from 960-1279 AD and a moment in a Roman church
A little bit of brightness from Lucy Tiffney in the form of this wallpaper.
“The Knitter”, 1915, by Grace Cossington Smith