Spanish Guitar

A photo of the guitar I first learnt to play on.  My grandmother gave it to me when I was about ten. Its not really a family heirloom, she never played it and doesn’t know where its from. We just found it in the attic and my mum thought i should give lessons a go.

I have never taken a photo in my room before, but the way the light slashed across the body tempted me.

Painting: The Last Sun

A Painting I did for my parents at Christmas 2016. I hadn’t painted in a while but was not  too disappointed with the outcome.
While partly inspired by the teachings of Dionysius on the Via Negativa (something I learnt in philosophy this year),  it was really just an experiment of colour.

The Master and Margarita

The epigraph from the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. As an all time favourite of mine, the work interrogates the importance of needing compassion for everyone, even for what the worst of humanity has to offer.  The plot revolves around the mischief the Devil and his entourage wreck in an audaciously accurate picture of Soviet Russia. However, Bulgakov redefines what the Devil is, not necessarily the fallen angel whose ‘evil is thou good’, but instead one who teaches by provocation.

Please go read it! (i recommend the Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor translation)

Poetry: Freedom Unfound

White arc riding
a splatter on our shores.
A froth finding
the centre of earth’s moors.

Purpose is its direction
purposeless, let it be
the white twinkles like diamonds;
let it be.

Be the glass, my mirror
shatters, cuts the light
bars cage me.

Their edges the Bell Jar
we yearn for.

The world is a collection,
a mourning of what should have been.
Watch;
there are things skulking in the sea.

Poetry

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A sunset is built upon mountains

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Poetry: Affection

The clouds come loiter together again,
a sapphire blue veiled so discreet,
now drained to sustain the coming rain.

Shelter not in front,
only dusk plains ahead.
Behind, shimmering,
waves open yawning
with inescapable safety
but numb.

The horizon then;
tumbling in lachrymose,
or rumbling timidly.
Peaking or falling;

I can’t tell yet.

 

Poetry: Untitled 1

Jogging against the sunset appears to thrill,

Until you reach the ocean and cant swim

Fast enough. To escape the hollow black hue

Endure the tormenting shivers of sombre Siberian nights

and wallow giddily with the creatures of light.

 

 

 

 

Sketchbooks and Writing Poetry In Them.

I often doodle where I write, or write where I doodle. They seem to work off of each other, help me to find direction. Never do I draw too ambitiously when searching for ideas, the things above took little more than ten minutes. However I implore anyone who writes to draw and vice versa, I’m certain you’ll do better for it. If nothing else it focuses your mind and starts to fill the daunting white page.