Platonic Madness – Heaven’s Gift

Kay Redfield Jamison quotes Plato in her book Touched With Fire that explores Manic Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament: Madness, provided it comes as the gift of heaven, is the channel by which we receive the greatest blessings… the men of old who gave things their names saw no disgrace or reproach in madness; otherwise […]

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What Lies Between Storm and Shine

The Oxbow – Thomas Cole (1836) *See Note on the composition of this poem below. What Lies Between Storm and Shine For Eva and Eloise and those beloved who have departed to at last find peace.   So odd I always thought how light like a pacifist drifts away on the winds before the storm […]

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The Byronic Odyssey

Painting by Thomas Moran – Sunset at Sea (ca. 1906) Adieu, adieu! my native shore   Fades o’er the waters blue; The night-winds sigh, the breakers roar,   And shrieks the wild sea-mew. Yon sun that sets upon the sea   We follow in his flight; Farewell awhile to him and thee,   My Native Land – […]

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