The Lovers’ Almanac 4 January – Wishin’ You – Under the Veil – art by Marsden Hartley Augustus John

Dear Zazie,  Here is today’s Lovers’ Almanac from Mac Tag dedicated to his muse.  Rhett

The Lovers’ Almanac – Pale Love, Pale Rider

Dear Muse,

will brake
for first light
and last light
for verse that insists
on bein’ written now
and for thoughts of you
that threaten to overwhelm

sorry, no sunset
photos on this leg
last light came
with too many
telephone poles
and pump jacks
in the way
i like my landscape
photos to look timeless
as if it could be
150 years ago

whizzed right through
the town of birth and death
without bein’ accosted
by any spirits
one of these days
must muster the courage
to stop and spend the night
and see if the haunts
want to dance

at 2036
stopped for a star check
just south of the town
of birth and death
found Orion
stared in wide wonder
braced against the cold

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An oath, immortal
She who moves, shiverin’ body,
Her voice and the soft sound, sighin’
Into transgression
Repeat these words,
As radiant stanzas fade forever,
Words which attached hearts and became, 
A link to hope
Rapture of embrace
Transpired, this love
Did not stop, did not allow fear
To get a look at us
Serenity, when all else fell
Hope, our joy and divine support
Stumbled against an end 
Struck on the way
Shelter these delusions,
Cover and shade the trails,
Now, would you have this smile
If we could become whole
Under the veil
Time to glimpse Her
And to exclaim
All is now lost
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Marsden Hartley
Portrait of Marsden Hartley.jpg

Marsden Hartley in 1939

Today is the birthday of Marsden Hartley (Lewiston, Maine; January 4, 1877 – September 2, 1943 Ellsworth, Maine); American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist.


Young American Artists of the Modern School, L. to R. Jo Davidson, Edward Steichen, Arthur B. Carles, John Marin; back: Marsden Hartley, Laurence Fellows, c. 1911, Bates College Museum of Art
Augustus John

“Artist John,” on a 1928 Time magazine cover

Today is the birthday of Augustus Edwin John (Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales 4 January 1878 – 31 October 1961 Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England); Welsh painter, draughtsman, and etcher.  He was an important exponent of Post-Impressionism in the United Kingdom.  He was the brother of the painter Gwen John.


W.B. Yeats (1907)

Chalk drawing of Grace Westry by Augustus John 1897

Augustus John with Tallulah Bankhead and her portrait (1929).

Colonel T. E. Lawrence (1919).

The Two Jamaican Girls (ca. 1937)

Augustus John poses for the American press on board a ship.

Early in 1900, he married his first wife, Ida Nettleship (1877–1907).  After her death in 1907, his mistress Dorothy “Dorelia” McNeill, a Bohemian style icon, became his partner and later became his second wife.

John had an affair with Ian Fleming’s widowed mother, Evelyn Ste Croix Fleming née Rose.

Augustus John by Reginald Gray, at Royal Academy London in 1960. (collection Mr. Derry O’Sullivan. Paris).

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