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Fanny Howe’s Ordinary Mysticism | Commonweal Magazine

Fanny Howe (Lynn Christoffers)

In Howe’s mystic vision, we’re always shuttling between darkness and dawn. It’s within that liminal space, that place of uncertainty and confusion, that God can be found: “A burnt offering is the only one / That love has pity for. // Not rare or well done. // But burned, burned, burned.”

In The Wedding Dress, a 2003 book that is part poetic manifesto, part spiritual biography, Howe declares that her guiding ethos, the word she’d write Emerson-style on the lintels of her door-post, is “bewilderment.” By this she means many things. As a poetic value, bewilderment suggests an acceptance of linguistic instability, a cultivation of the dreamlike and fragmented over the orderly. As a spiritual tenet, it signals an embrace of the via negativa. As a political philosophy, it indicates “devot[ion] to the little and the weak,” a refusal to accept the social and economic world as it is. More generally, bewilderment for Howe means a poetics and a theology of openness, of incompletion and continual revision.


For decades it’s been a sure bet that every two years or so a new book from Fanny Howe would appear, and that this new book would bewilder and unsettle. But now, Howe told me, she’s through: “I really don’t have anything more to write. Done. Gone.” Her friends have told her that the mood will pass, but she doesn’t think so. Love and I, she asserts, will be her last book: “I feel like I’m working on ending things. Putting things away.” She’s putting away her pen (she writes longhand and her arthritis is painful), and she’s no longer returning to the writers—Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Michel de Certeau, Giorgio Agamben—she loves. Instead, she has decided that, from now on, she’ll just read “whatever comes by chance”: a reading suggestion from a friend, a poet sending her a manuscript in the mail. In the end, to live a life of radical openness is to put things away. True bewilderment, like true theology, ends in silence.

Source: Fanny Howe’s Ordinary Mysticism | Commonweal Magazine

Mompou ~ Musica Callada

Mompou is best known as a miniaturist, writing short, relatively improvisatory music, often described as “delicate” or “intimate.” His principal influences were French impressionismErik Satie and Gabriel Fauré, resulting in a style in which musical development is minimized and expression is concentrated into very small forms. He was fond of ostinato figures, bell imitations (his mother’s family owned the Dencausse bell foundry and his grandfather was a bell maker),[1][3] and a kind of incantatory, meditative sound, the most complete expression of which can be found in his masterpiece Musica Callada (or the Voice of Silence) based on the mystical poetry of Saint John of the Cross. It employs very simple, even childlike melodies, but tinged with sadness, melancholy and a nostalgic echo of a forgotten far-away land.[citation needed]

He was also influenced by the sounds and smells of the maritime quarter of Barcelona, the cry of seagulls, the sound of children playing and popular Catalan culture. He often dispensed with bar lines and key signatures. His music is rooted in the chord G-C-E-A-D, which he named Barri de platja (the Beach Quarter).[1] — Wikipedia

Houston poet, Melissa Studdard, reads her poems & talks about the cosmos, motherhood & the transformative power of poetry | Houston Public Library


Poet Melissa Studdard (photo used with her permission).

Melissa Studdard | Houston Public Media


…Saying These Things, I Went to Sleep… | The Brooklyn Rail


Brian Cotnoir, “Platonic solids study #7,” 2008 3D white pencil drawing.

…Saying These Things, I Went to Sleep… – The Brooklyn Rail.

The Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong ( Live )


Albert Dürer Lucas ‘Primroses and Violets’ 1868 oil painting

Basho’s Violets

see also, Field Notes from indra’s net, by Donna Fleischer at exit strata

Baul Songs

Patti Smith’s Exhibition, Camera Solo at the Wadsworth Atheneum / Music Of Our Heart Blog



Patti Smith’s Exhibtion, Camera Solo at the Wadsworth Atheneum | Music Of Our Heart Blog.

Van Morrison / Into the Mystic (original version)

Leslie Scalapino / The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom

The Dihedrons Gazell-Dihedrals Zoom.