He Knew Everyone: Man Ray Portraits

The recently published Man Ray Portraits: Paris-Hollywood-Paris, from the Man Ray Archives of the Centre Pompidou, presents 500 photographs from the photographer who knew everyone. The tome includes photographs of Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Alexander Calder, Robert Desnos, Hilda Doolittle, Paul Eluard, Max Ernst, Max Jacob, James Joyce, Mina Loy, Raymond Queneau, Kurt Schwitters, Paul Valery, Dorothea Tanning, and on and on from members of the avant-garde, to ex-pats, to fashion and cinema stars.  Read Full Post

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Marianne Moore 80th Anniversary

Favorite parts: Mayor reads one of Moore's poem, the phrase "a title generally known to literary specialists," and Robert Lowell subbing for Anne Sexton who had a back injury.

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A report from the Poem Forest

This weekend, as part of the New York Botanical Garden's Thain Family Forest Festival Weekend, poet-walker Jon Cotner designed a self-guided meditative walk titled Poem Forest. 

At 15 spots along Sweetgum Trail, visitors were encouraged to "speak, sing or variously engage with" 15 corresponding lines of poetry. The lines were selected from 2,500 years of nature poetry (many from the poet Jeffery Yang's anthology Birds, Beasts, and Seas, New Directions, 2011) and included such gems as Denise Levertov's "One stone is not like another," and Heraclitus' "People have talked about the world without paying attention/ to the world." Below are some photos of the spectacular autumnal forest, and guests (including a hawk!) "paying attention" as they participated in Poem Forest.   Continue Reading Post

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