Sappho’s Muse

Aloof

Muse awoke

You promised me a poem

I faltered…no time-

Then read your Sappho! she whirled

Leave your fragments, crumbs to Air!

Tanka. ©Tara Linda

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I’m enjoying this awesome new book~ Searching for Sappho by Philip Freeman. I like it because in addition to offering her poems, it presents her fragments within a cultural construct; what could have been happening in and around Sappho on Lesbos and elsewhere in the region, notably Sparta and Athens, as she was living and writing? What could have influenced and inspired her? What were the marriage ceremonies that she wrote so much about? What is a possible cultural basis of the last Sappho poem found- as evidenced by other neighboring Greek writers, existing histories (that were not burned), and the writers who came later quoting Sappho in their poetry courses and writings in ways more complete than her found fragments show. What is news to me is that while she had her detractors, yes, there were more who respected her- masters, Aristotle among them- who held her poems, songs, and words as a supreme example of a highly skilled poet who equaled and surpassed the writers of her day, in voice, complex Greek forms and technique, as well as output.  This book is a fast read; highly recommended. Even if your Muses spurn you for not wanting to put it down to write for them.😉

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Tribes Challenge Jewelry Reveal #2: Nomad, Allegory Gallery

As promised, here is the second challenge reveal for the Nomad Jewelry Challenge Kit from Allegory Gallery.

Here was the starting kit, sans secret pendant.

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The first item; simple but my super fun; I added Saki Silver earwires.

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I’ll post more goodies when I have better light for photos. Thank you Andrew & William!😉

Tribes Challenge Jewelry Reveal- Grove- Allegory Gallery

There’s nothing like a jewelry challenge with an Allegory Gallery Design kit to pull me away from sage harvesting and back to my jewelry table! It has been awhile since I’ve taken on one of Andrew Thornton’s challenges, so I thought I’d do 2 to make up for lost time😉

Here is the first reveal, the kit is called Grove, and there will be a competition among the Tribe members who took it on (I’m entering the necklace for this one).  Will post the 2nd kit’s makings today before midnight. So come back!

Here was the Grove Jewelry kit (sans pendant).

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The day it arrived, I was organizing my studio and putting away some beads. It was pure accident that an amber strand grazed the background of the opened box: I knew immediately the 2 belonged together…

 

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I just LOVE this pendant that Andrew Thornton made! Exquisite yes?  Two trees growing together in a grove. The amber beads- this light color- goes juicy perfect with the color palate Andrew chose! For me, amber is about SUN!, sunlight, Joy, finding pleasure in this moment while we have it. Combined with this Grove pendant; it says, we grow strong together, yes, And we carry our own elixir for healing, strength and joy. Love it!

The added amber also harkens back to a memory: years ago, I asked Andrew who was off for the Tucson shows, if he could kindly shop amber for me. That opened a HUGE window into working with amber- for the first time.😉

On to bracelet and earrings.

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I’ll come back to add links and add the NEXT challenge (RED:BLACK), later today. And then I promise to show other creative projects that keep me away from my computer… Woo-Hoo!! Hello Creative SUMMER!

Now that music is calming down, I’ll be stocking new baubles to my shop in the coming weeks ThreeMusesJewelry

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We hear him first

two blocks away, past Grand Avenue

the din of a parallel freeway, his bass and back up.

Loud, small, young, maybe 14       he plays     alone,

nested in a 5-pc kit, on a throne, sidewalk street corner 

while hundreds run, tightrope-walk-balance, drive

play soccer around him.

 

Hard hitting and lush

his tempos tame time in waves that roll 

connecting our smiles from inside out before moving 

across the Lake      into open windows and back through

the Farmer’s market and up      on beyond blue where

hungry stars and planets await this little gift

of rhythm.

 © Tara Linda 2016

 

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Rain Lilly

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These happy lilies were transplanted from San Fran to Oakland some 30+ years ago. Taken in early morning light between storms.

Orkestra Obsolete~ Plays Blue Monday

This is a most original and fun video! I love this band, their concept playing tunes (Blue Monday by New Order) with old instruments. It all makes me so happy!  All of the instruments are from the 1930’s.

I’m inspired by the theremin, the single string on wood that sounds like a deep vina (does anyone know what this is?), the wine glasses (good in any era), and my favorite; short wave radio noise.

I want more.