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Archive December 2008

Nikola Manev’s Paintings – Between Reality and Mysticism

December 21, 2008 by · 1 comment

An artist needs the strength to bring out the spiritual light of the world around us. Nikola Manev Nikola Manev, a well-known Bulgarian-born artist, recently was granted the title of Academician by BANI (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Arts). In the past 45 years, he has been living and working in Paris, but remains connected […]

The Shape of the Arctic Tundra

December 20, 2008 by · No comments

Suzanne Nielsen Photo: tanjila William and Gary waited for the chloroform to take hold while clenching their thumbless fists and day dreaming about how the skyline looked like divinity minus the cherries.

Christmas for a Dutch Guy

December 20, 2008 by · No comments

Ralph Pluim I like to think Christmas being peaceful and warm, with some darkness thrown in just for the effect, so we can all huddle together beneath that big Christmas tree and have a good time. But how do Dutch people celebrate Christmas?

Poems are Always Moving Through More than One Dimension of Consciousness

December 19, 2008 by · 8 comments

Interview with Marilyn Kallet by Matt Urmy Marilyn Kallet was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in New York. She is the author of 14 books, including Circe, After Hours, poetry from BkMk Press, and Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard, translations from Black Widow Press. In 2009, Black Widow will publish Packing Light: […]

Today the River

December 19, 2008 by · No comments

Marilyn Kallet Photo: Choufi/// Today the Garonne flows greener than the poplars, more limber, sky is smoke pierced with light, gulls make dazzling punctuation marks like childhood on Jones Beach.

Spanish Christmas

December 19, 2008 by · 4 comments

Susana Martínez Christmas in Spain is a nice combination of different feelings like joy, happiness, hope, friendship and love. We usually follow the traditional customs or, at least, we try to do it. The streets are full of lights and, in most of the main squares of the city centre, you can find a beautiful […]

Brazilian Christmas

December 19, 2008 by · 1 comment

Katia Delavequia We follow the Christian celebration. In the beginning of December the front of the houses are adorned with flashing little lights. The pine trees are decorated with colored balls.

Christmas for a Polish girl

December 19, 2008 by · 3 comments

Eva Stelmach A few days before Christmas Eve, all Polish students like me do the same thing – they pack their suitcases and go to their hometowns to spend Christmas with their families.


December 18, 2008 by · No comments

Virginia Zaharieva Photo: [[^Fénix^]]                               To Sylvia Ch. You can’t even imagine how close I am to your house to your couch even – a soft spring moaning under your weight the weight of all those years spent together at the ends of the phone line.

Christmas around the world – Part II

December 18, 2008 by · 4 comments

Photo: jekert …St. Nicolas (called Sinterklaasavond) gives away his presents in Belgium and Holland on 5th of December. In these countries that day is more special than Christmas itself. The Christmas tree is decorated on 24th of December and gifts are given again on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, by a similar character named Sinterklaas […]

Christmas around the world – Part I

December 18, 2008 by · 2 comments

Vanya Nikolaeva Christmas – beginning of Anno Domini, symbol of faith and love, and the most expected holiday among people of Christian faith. Photo: krisdecurtis How do people celebrate Christmas around the world? What does the holiday have in common in all different cultures and how does it differ? The wreath, symbol of continuousness, and […]

Nature Photography – Spontaneous, Yet Fragile Art

December 17, 2008 by · 1 comment

Virtual gallery with photos by the photographer Pavel Pronin “Art consists of reshaping life but it does not create life, nor cause life.” Stanley Kubrick Imagine my surprise when on one rainy morning in Hamburg I discovered in my mail sunny and colorful sceneries from Bulgaria. Author of this wonderful surprise was Pavel Pronin. I […]

Ghost Forest: Chapter One

December 16, 2008 by · No comments

Zlatko Enev The Meadow with Three Exits Photo: 8078381@N03 Read Ghost Forest – Introduction Thump! Anne tumbled down hard onto the ground. Luckily, she had landed on a soft patch otherwise she would have been badly hurt. Still dizzy from her wild flight, she lay there a while before sitting up and taking a fearful […]

Artist of the Week – OMNIA

December 15, 2008 by · 1 comment

Vanya Nikolaeva With eight CDs and a DVD to their name, OMNIA is one of the pioneers of the “PaganFolk” movement in Europe and has harvested international acclaim on many Pagan, Folk, Medieval, Gothic and Fantasy festivals, as well as in many theatres. All of this is entwined and bound by haunting and powerful vocals […]

The Only Game I Lost

December 15, 2008 by · No comments

Chris Mattingly Photo: thebusybrain By14, I had exceeded the accolades Of Satchel Paige, Nolan Ryan & Dizzy Dean combined. I had a pitch Like a ball dropping Off a table into a hole In the bat. & I threw so hard Folks heard the catcher’s mitt pop 100 miles away.

Getting an Angle on Truth: An Analysis of Narrative Viewpoint in Ian McEwan’s Atonement, Part I

December 13, 2008 by · 3 comments

Linda Cruise Photo: blacksun In regard to storytelling, two facts remain constant: our human love affair with story and that the telling—when it is done well—begets art. What distinguishes one story from another is not its specific plot details so much as the way the writer handles the myriad of decisions that goes into the […]

Prayer of an Aging Party Girl

December 12, 2008 by · 2 comments

Donna Ison Photo: ripdownthetapestries With the warm shawl of time-won wisdom pulled tight around my shoulders, I reluctantly recline into the lap of acceptance and begin the wait. Almost at once–Body convulses. Skin crawls. Blood curdles.

Paintings of the Soul

December 11, 2008 by · No comments

Iliana Ivanova, virtual exhibit, part II The artist doesn’t create as he lives, he lives as he creates. Jean Lescure My first acquaintance with Iliana Ivanova’s paintings reminded me that the boundary between an artist’s real life and her artwork can be ever so tenuous, especially when the movements of the soul, its quests and […]

It’s The Writing That Counts

December 10, 2008 by · 5 comments

Interview with Richard Goodman by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer Richard Goodman is the author of The Soul of Creative Writing and French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France. He has written on a variety of subjects for many national publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Review, Creative Nonfiction, Commonweal, Vanity Fair, […]

From the poem “Twenty One”

December 10, 2008 by · No comments

Daniela Gakeva-Slavcheva Photo: Môsieur J. * * * Събудих се. Още един ден. Жалко. I woke up. Another day. Too bad.