June 24, 2020

A World of Pictures

The Magic Theatre
“We are in a magic theatre; a world of pictures, not realities. See that you pick out beautiful and cheerful ones and show that you really are not in love with your highly questionable personality any longer. Should you still, however, have a hankering after it, you need only have another look in the mirror that I will now show you. But you know the old proverb: 'A mirror in the hand is worth two on the wall.’”      
                     ~ From Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse 

Photo by Jan Claire

June 21, 2020

At the Top

The Best Time to See Faces

is a morning in winter,
when faces appear
at the top of an escalator,
rising from the ground—

You catch them as they
step off the moving plate,
jolted back to life…


Lines by David B. Churchill from Poetry is Mindfulness
photo by Gordon Williams on Unsplash

June 20, 2020

Tossed Fantastic

Between me, the Sea, and My Old Man

…Crayola kite surfers gone now
From the inked night
They tossed fantastic before
Now, the pompano light winks…


Lines by Reid Baron from The Music of the Aztecs 
and photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

June 16, 2020

Celebrate Bloomsday

Ineluctable Modality of the Visible
“Ineluctable modality of the visible: At least that if no more thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide… Shut your eyes and see.”

                                     ~ James Joyce, Ulysses



Quotation from Ulysses by James Joyce at Project Gutenberg
and video from The School of Life,Literature — James Joyce” on Youtube

June 12, 2020

Figures in Poetry: Poseidon

Sea Day

…The same swells still
throw up their backs
like the steeds of Poseidon,
bucking at the reins

No wonder sailors
return to the sea,
watch water turn ethereal,
live like saints
in the aura of prisms…

Lines from Homeless God Bless by David B. Churchill 
and image from The Classical Mythology Podcast at LearnOutLoud 
For more of Poseidon…
Google Images: “Poseidon in Art
Google Images: “Walter Crane Neptune's Horses

June 7, 2020

Jung Connections: Typology Theory

Jungian Typology Theory: Michael Pierce

Self described "Neo-Jungian," Michael Pierce explores his ideas about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator using Carl Jung's book Psychological Types as a resource for his blog and Youtube channel.

For an overview of the types, see Pierce's blog entry, "The Sixteen types in a Nutshell" or his videos elucidating each, "The Sixteen Types."

Pierce recently finished writing a book on this subject entitled, Motes and Beams: A Neo-Jungian Theory of Personality available in pdf and on Amazon. In this video, Pierce discusses his writing process in putting the book together and what the book is all about.

Photo by Jan Claire

June 3, 2020

Endless Summer

The Carnival by the Sea

At nights, the ferriswheel
high up
out over the houselights

the tilt-and-whirl, a blind force 
like wind on waves.

Lines by Jan Claire
and photo by Kosta Bratsos on Unsplash

In the Beginning

Poet You constellate the myths, O royal oracle of archetypes. Photo and poem by Jan Claire