Mary Oliver – morning poetry writing

Listen to this wonderfully calm and thoughtful interview with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver (NPR recording 2013).

In under 7 minutes, she conveys the fresh tang of her words, by reading her poem “I happen to be standing”, written during her usual early morning attentiveness to nature and poetry writing time of choice.  Then goes on to give some thoughts on the practice of writing poetry and her concern with the natural world:


Angie Lewin, exhibition

Scottish nature drawings – Angie Lewin

There will be a new Angie Lewin exhibition:

Wednesday 2nd May – 2nd June 2018

The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

“Spey Path and Strandline”.


Circles, feathers and feather-like leaves abound in this collection of watercolours.  Also known for her strong graphic images as a printer, Angie recently exhibited at City Art Centre, in a group show with a few friends, “A Fine Line”. Previously written about on this blog here.

Read the exhibition catalogue for her new show, here.

And to see Angie at work with her printmaking, pop over to this earlier page in this blog.


Loyalty and Kindness – Drawn IN (Carole Bury)


Artist: Carole Bury


Both a beautiful statement and illustration, by artist Carole Bury.  You can see more of her work on her website  She works through fine art, paper, textiles, drawings, often with the subject of birds and flight and associated emotions of joy and release.

“As my pencils and charcoal dance and skitter over the paper I sense I am releasing the secrets of myself and those of my subject. Drawing is an internal dialogue, a conversation between artist and nature, during which each small detail is discussed. By its very nature my drawing is an invitation to the viewer to ‘listen in’.”


Golden Flight Feathers – by Carole Bury

30 mins hanging out with Native American poet

Came across this small, independent film recently, of Jim Northrup.  In the film, he takes us the viewer through his experience of living from nature, the seasons, and we sit in the audience as he story tells through poems.  Engaging, intriguing, entertaining – and enlivened by questions and answers.,239

“Jim Northrup with reservations”  Film by Mike Hazard (also known as “Media Mike”, shot over 6 years being with Jim Northrup

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peeling the bark from trees, to be made into baskets…Screen shot 2016-12-27 at 23.09.43.png

to winnow the wild rice

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meeting other fellow Vietnam VetsScreen shot 2016-12-27 at 23.09.06.png

able to see the past but going forward.


The film’s maker, Mike:

The Northrup show, With Reservations, cost about $35,000 to produce, of which I was paid about $3,000, which I ended up paying back to the project to pay the last bills. I received a net sum of zero cash for six years of work, although all my expenses were covered. The intellectual and spiritual equity, however, is beyond ebay.

I will make media until I die because I feel dead when I don’t.


~Media Mike