Archive for March 2009

Into the blue again


Nancy Wilson-Pajic, Meduse (hat by Christian Lacroix), cyanotype, 1998


Well wild wild whatever
in wild more silent blue

                the vase grips the stems
petals fall       the chrysanthemum darkens

                Sometimes this mustard feeling
clutches me also. 


Soon your writing is stained with the exotic longing of her lines…

The Architecture Of Dream. – Wendy Mulford on The Blue Stairs by Barbara Guest; Jacket, #10, October 1999.

Search for “blue” on The Poetry Search Engine


Written by Dave Lovely

March 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Turning Heads


Airship hangar at King’s Bay, Spitsbergen, 1926.
As used by the ill-fated Italia.


Set of sixty miniature heads used in phrenology, Manchester, England, 1831.
Science Museum, London.


University of Washington Digital Collections: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.


Before this boiler is thrown into focus its black cylinder is but an inconspicuous feature of the novel mechanism which stands face to face with the sun. But when, with a few turns of the crank, it swings into the concentrated rays reflected from hundreds of mirrors, it suddenly assumes the appearance of shining silver, or perhaps of a great, gleaming icicle, and becomes the irresistible cynosure of all eyes…




Ivory model of a human skull with moving parts, Europe, undated.
Science Museum, London.

Written by Dave Lovely

March 28, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Send in the clowns…

photo of a female clown and two male clowns
photo of male and female clown
photo of two male clowns
This collection of photographs, mainly of circuses and circus-acts, and housed at the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM), is simply astounding (go a couple of pages in to get to the circus images proper):

Gustave Soury (1884-1966) :
la passion du cirque et de la fête foraine

A footnote:

Louise Hervieu, Tête de clown ou La condition humaine

Louise Hervieu (1878-1954),
Tête de clown, ou La condition humaine.
Paris, musée national d’Art moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou

Written by Dave Lovely

March 25, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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Thing plus Swing=meaning/time

Image showing young woman playinga tambourine. Fresco from Herculaneum

Young woman playing a tambourine. Fresco from Herculaneum.

photograph of circus act The Cliquet Family

The Family Cliquet

photograph of Alcide Capitaine

Alcide Capitaine

Written by Dave Lovely

March 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm

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…But somewhere
In a remote suburb, a solitary house,
Where it is cold in winter, hot in summer,
Where there are spiders, and dust on everything,
Where ardent letters are decomposing,
Portraits are stealthily changing.
People walk to this house as if to their grave,
And wash their hands with soap when they return,
And blink away a facile tear
From weary eyes – and breathe out heavy sighs…
But the clock ticks, one springtime is superseded
By another, the sky glows pink,
Names of cities change
And there are no remaining witnesses to the events,
And no one to weep with, no one to remember with.

The Anna Akhmatova Museum at The Fountain House


Elaine Duigenan – Mysteries of Generation


Ballet du Chasteau de Bicêtre, “Première Entrée des Fantômes”

Daniel Rabel (1578-1637)


Religieuses, Bretagne, 1952

Denise Colomb

Written by Dave Lovely

March 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Idyll thoughts


Elaine, the Lily Maid of Astolat
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Illustrations to Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and other poems
(London: Henry S. King, 1875). volume 1, 12 albumen silver prints.
Via Graphic Arts.

ajinayajnopavita : deer skin worn over the left shoulder by Hindu ascetics

bashylk : scythian pointed felt cap

kalabaku : many stringed cummerbund

karnaphul : flower-shaped earring

Glossary of ancient Indian costume, via rose.rose

A pertinent question from a South African book-dealer.:

Who are you, and why are you suddenly buying books that nobody else in the world seems interested in?

Nicholas A. Basbanes on Breon Mitchell’s 2,000 dictionaries of exotic languages, via languagehat.

Also, via a comment on a post at languagehat, here is a picture of Sir Roderick Impey Murchison:

Sir Roderick Impey Muchison directs you to 'look over there'.

A thousand Buddhas. [thanks, MM!]


The Caves of a Thousand Buddhas: Russian Expeditions on the Silk Road, at The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, to the 5th April.

If I had a hammer:


photograph by Étienne-Jules Marey, published in
CH. Frémont – Etudes Expérimentales de Technologie Industrielle – 64e mémoire –
Le Marteau, Le Choc, Le Marteau Pneumatique.
Paris 1923.
via folkcollection

Marking time

A day in a medieval city.

News from an invisible library.


Charme”, “objet sacré”,” objet de pouvoir”, “objet de protection”, “talisman”, “grigri”, “objet magique”, “objet personne”, autant de termes utilisés par les explorateurs, missionnaires et ethnographes d’Afrique pour désigner le fétiche, cet objet fait et utilisé pour établir un lien entre les vivants et les puissances invisibles, pour lutter contre le chaos, pour protéger du mal. …choses ligotées, assemblages, croûtes et enchevêtrements de cordes…

Recettes des dieux, esthétique du fétiche, at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris; via Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien.

girl reclining with a book

Girl reclining with a book

University of Washington Libraries

A watchmaker’s declaration.

What goes around, comes around:


Circular Bridge, Mt. Lowe Railway, 1901

Detroit Photographic Company’s Views Of North America, Ca. 1897-1924

via wood s lot

Written by Dave Lovely

March 11, 2009 at 9:11 am