The Blog of John Walford, British-born, but long resident in The United States. I am an art historian, currently studying satire in Netherlandish art, an amateur photographer, and occasional writer, who writes here about art, photography, and the human condition--some of it 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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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Va_Ja, my sisters trail :(((, 2008

my sisters trail :(((, originally uploaded by Va_Ja.

I went to a class today, as a student, once again, to sit and learn, rather than to teach. It is a class about Poetry, Poetics, and the Arts, which Professor David Wright has generously allowed me to audit, so long as I behave! The stimulus of this first class, and the viewing of the work of Va-Ja this evening, pulled this from my excited mind, so here is another for Va_Ja, inspired by his work, "my sisters trail :((("

"Traces of Joy In the Dust"

It was once just a street,
Like any other street,
Until the bride came by,
With shouts of glee,
Smiling faces,
Pounding hearts,
And then it fell still,
And in the empty
There was
But rose petals,
Scattered on
A dusty road.
--JW, 09/02/08

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I am a British-born, art historian, teaching 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. I am currently studying satire in Netherlandish art. 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 eight 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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