Thursday, August 23, 2007

brilliant and bright

When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.
William Blake (1757 - 1827) English engraver, illustrator, & poet

for fans of the historical novel 'girl with a pearl earring, tracy chevalier does it again! this time she turns her imagination loose on william blake and his era. in burning bright chevalier magnificently captures the tumultuous era in which he lived. although I'm only partly way through the book my thoughts wander to wonder about what will be in store for maggie, masie and jem - children whose lives touch the mystical, creative and brilliant blake.

picture: lakewood, ohio august 2007

9 comments:

msb said...

And when will the doors get cleaned? Beautiful picture.

Dumdad said...

The Blake book sounds interesting. It's been awhile since I read any of his poetry (Songs of innocence etc).

Dan said...

my thoughts wander to wonder

I really like that! :)

Gary said...

Beautiful Photo. Thanks for alerting me to this new book. I am a HUGE William Blake fan (his name figures into my email) so I will most def check out this book! I can't wait to look into it. Thanks so much.

Laney said...

Hi Kim,
is that your porch? It's beautiful. I have some ric rac cactus that you may like cuttings from... It prefers bright indirect light...maybe near a bright window? It flowers, when you fertilize it.....I haven't done that enough yet to see blooms, but it has pretty leaves...feels and looks a little like a prehistoric fern might?... just send me an address if you want a cutting.

kimy said...

msb - when they are wide open?

book is delightful! I hope like with her earlier novel 'girl with a pearl earring' someone takes the daring step to make a movie of it (at certain times in the pearl movie one felt they were 'inside' a vermeer painting - was magical)

dan ;)

gary - you have me curious as to what your email 'handle' is! I'm as curious as a cat

laney - not my porch but one near my house. there is a post with a partial picture of my porch on the mouse (july 5 post), alas my porch it's not nearly as verdant - I just have one pot of flowers on the steps (but my porch has plenty of houseplants summering on the porch itself). ric rac catcus sounds intriquing -thanks I'll give it a go, I love plants and have plenty about in the house, although as I may have indicated most have moved outside for the summer.

Gary said...

It's Poetblake...

lettuce said...

i enjoyed Pearl Earring - and another Chevalier book something to do with Blue (!) (Virgin Blue?) - and love Blake, so will check this out, thanks.

jenclair said...

Blake was such a fascinating (and very, very odd) individual. I want this one!