Now here’s what poetry can do.

Imagine yourself a caterpillar.

There’s an awful shrug and, suddenly,

You’re beautiful for as long as you live.

- an excerpt from Stephen Dunn’s
“Poem For People That Are Understandably Too Busy To Read Poetry”


                        
                        
                        
                        
                        
                        
                        
                        
                        
                            
                        
                        

MLS GUEST POST: Photographer Michael Winters

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Michael Winters’ website: http://www.michaelwintersphotography.com/
Also here: http://michaelwintersphotography.tumblr.com/

"The Shrimp at Sea." Richard Avedon, 1967

"The Shrimp at Sea." Richard Avedon, 1967

Philippe Halsman: French poet, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau with actress Ricki Soma and dancer Leo Coleman. USA, New York City, 1949.

Philippe Halsman: French poet, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau with actress Ricki Soma and dancer Leo Coleman. USA, New York City, 1949.

"It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so. I admire you, beloved, for the trap you’ve set. It’s like a final chapter no one reads because the plot is over."

— Frank O’Hara

"With Annie gone,
whose eyes to compare
with the morning sun?
Not that I did compare,
But I do compare
Now that she’s gone."

— Leonard Cohen, For Anne

Untitled, photograph, Aysen Orhon

Untitled, photograph, Aysen Orhon

John Stezaker, Untitled, 1976.
(from Love and Desire, William A. Ewing, 1999)

John Stezaker, Untitled, 1976.

(from Love and Desire, William A. Ewing, 1999)

"I was here. I touched your hand. We loved each other. We tried not to be afraid. You painted. I tried to put a few real words on a page. This is what it meant to be alive. We lived very hard. We loved everything: flesh, earth, water, sky. We were hurt often. But we loved the world and it was good. You painted. I tried to put a few words on a page. We loved each other. We needed to say something. We did our best. There wasn’t enough time."

— Carole Maso, The Art Lover

Another spectacular shot from Michael Winters.

Another spectacular shot from Michael Winters.

Late Fragment, Raymond Carver

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

Love on a Sunday; http://www.jessicatremp.com/
Dancing Solo, 2012, pigment print on paper on panel (polyptych). Image courtesy Tama Hochbaum and George Lawson Gallery

Dancing Solo, 2012, pigment print on paper on panel (polyptych). Image courtesy Tama Hochbaum and George Lawson Gallery