Caravaggio's Dagger

Caravaggio’s Dagger – A Pursuit of Right Action – Hendrik Slegtenhorst (2013)

Do we, then, find ourselves unable to know how to act ethically in our society — a society that glorifies money and global trade to make the rich richer, that deposits the poor at the outermost edges of community, that stands aside as our heritage disintegrates, that funds wars that dislocate peoples and destroy countries, that supports beliefs steeped…

My mother and I - in the garden of the house on Kanaalstraat, Leiden, summer 1951

The Liberation of the Netherlands and Canada’s Anti-terrorist Bill C-51

On the afternoon of March 14th, 2015, when I still lived in Edmonton, I attended a political rally against my federal government’s intent, through its so-called anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51, to turn my country into a police state by essentially eradicating freedom of speech and assembly, civil rights, habeas corpus, and legal presumption of innocence.…

Vanitas with Violin and Glass Ball, by Pieter Claesz

Caravaggio’s Dagger and the Still-life Sonnets of Diane Seuss

Michigan poet Diane Seuss presents the artistic correlation between still-life painting and formal poetry in five sonnets recently published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Missouri Review.  She describes the poetry as “unrhymed sonnets framed by fine art.” She applies several additional constraints: each line contains seventeen syllables (the ‘American Sentences’ invented by Allan…