The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am a retired art historian, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it attempted ekphratic poetry, responding to works of art. This is to be a site for words and images, interacting on one another, as vehicles of human expression.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Late August - Memories of Summer, 2008

"Late August - Memories of Summer"

Late August hangs heavily upon the trees
Sticky substance oiling darkened leaves,
The young ponder the road ahead,
Mothers anticipate their empty bed.

The arc of summer droops in the sky,
From swimsuits, hung out to dry,
Salt water drips, one more time,
And summer clothes sell for a dime.

For family vacations--long-time dreamed--
Only our credit cards now are creamed;
For memories, just snapshots remain,
Which friends all find “such a pain”.

Late August hangs heavily upon the trees,
Nervous teachers, fall to their knees,
Soon the kids will swarm around,
And of summer, what’s left? -- not a sound.

-- John Walford, August 23, 2008

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John Walford

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I am a British-born, retired art historian, who taught in the USA; I studied law, in England,1964-68; worked part-time in the art world, 1968-69; then studied art history at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1969-76; completed my Ph.D. diss. at the University of Cambridge, 1981; moved to the States in 1981, and have since written, or co-authored, other books. My wife, Maria, was born in Milan, Italy, where she worked as an interpreter, in business; she spent seven years in Switzerland, at the University of Lausanne, 1963-70. She came to Amsterdam in 1971, and we soon married. She is a wife, mother, literary critic, of Italian (and French) literature, and completed her Ph. D. diss. in 2002, at the University of Chicago, on Cesare Pavese and His Critics. We have three married children, and twelve grandchildren, all of whom we excessively adore! I welcome dialog about art, photography, human behavior, beliefs, and motivation from all comers, regardless of race, color, gender, orientation, values, or beliefs. This is to be a site for words and images, as vehicles of human expression, around topics of mutual interest.

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