Both paintings are from the upcoming show, “On the Surface: Outward Appearances”, at Chautauqua Institution, June 16 – August 19, 2014
For us, honey is a gift; for the bee, it is labor.
The poet Jane Hirshfield is a constant source of wisdom about making in all its many forms, and this line speaks clearly to what every writer/painter/musician/dancer/performer knows intimately. There’s honey to be had, but it comes after hours and hours of work.
In the same essay, The Circular Path, from the collection, A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith, Hirshfield includes a few more resonant insights:
Writing is an act that generates and expands attention. And if I’m lucky, I may write something that helps expand the life and attention of others as well.
Whatever people find in my poems of radiance or grace comes out of the struggle to turn away from disappearance and toward presence.
I’ll be back to Slow Muse next week.