Erbium, poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series by Chicago poet Janet Kuypers


Janet Kuypers

(poem from the “Periodic Table of Poetry” series, #68, Er)

On the east coast,
shopping once
with a gay friend of mine,
we walked past a guard
at the empty clothing store
to browse for clothes.
My friend held up
a pink shirt,
asked my opinion.
I looked at it,
then at him
and said,
“I’m not a pink person,”
and we both turned
to the clothing racks.
I walked to a farther rack
and pulled out
this goth girls’ color of choice,
held up the black shirt
for his opinion.
Since he was farther away,
he responded loud enough
to confuse the large
African-American guard
when he said,
“I’m not a black person…”

And I don’t care if “PINK”
is the largest ad campaign
of a national lingerie company.
And okay, the pink ribbon
is an honor to my mom
and breast cancer research.
But I’ve never had
a love of the color
until I heard of metals
glowing in a brilliant
pink luminescence.
Because in the science of spectroscopy
(analyzing light from chemicals
through a prism), scientists discovered
stunning pink crystals that glinted alluringly
that would glow even more brilliantly
under fluorescent lights.
That has to be the element Erbium…
And any Erbium compounds
are invariably a faint pink, and —
wait a minute,
why am I going on
about Erbium
and it’s very distinct pinkness?
Well, there were spectroscopic bands
in the infrared part of the spectrum
of Erbium, and these allow Erbium
to not scatter light (or data)
in optical fibres
(the kind for all phone calls
or all Internet data transfer).
Optical fibres are gossamer thin
threads of glass, and they are
a rare optical perfection
that needs just the right element
to carry our voices,
or carry all data
without losing it to the atmosphere.

And if that element has to be pink,
then I guess Erbium
can give me another reason
to like the color pink too.

Vermeer Watercolor With Abstract Hair and No Intent

Vermeer watercolor

Vermeer watercolor
By David Michael Jackson Modern Art Paintings and Images
Jake: Why did you name it that?
Jackson: It needed a name, they always do.
Jake: Isn’t “No Intent” an intent?
Jackson: I suppose but true lack of intent would be an invisible painting so I’m a liar. We’ve gotten somewhere here.
Jake: The painting resembles that painting by Vermeer, why?
Jackson: She’s the perfect motif, like the Mona Lisa. Motif. That’s what the artist really searches for, the perfect motif.
Jake: How and why did you paint this? Can it have meaning without intent?
Jackson: The flower’s only intent is to create another flower. It is beautiful but that is not the intent. So beauty and intent can exist without each other.
Jake: …and the circumstances?
Jackson: Years ago I was doing a study of the Vermeer girl….she’s beauty itself. I did okay on part of it and screwed up part of it. Water color in unforgiving so the painting sat in a pile for ten years…..One day I smeared some paint on my finger and covered up the bad parts. Without intent it has meaning.
Jake: And that is?
Jackson: “You go for perfection, beauty, and cover up your mistakes as best you can” What other meaning is there in life? Beauty is truth, truth, beauty, Keats Beauty is the ultimate intent, and pathos and the need for love. My statement of no intent is meant to provoke as is much of my art
Jake: Thanks for the interview. Oh one other question. Why do you call your website Modern Art Paintings and Images?
Jackson: I’m one of the earliest internet artists. I know that no one is asking for an unknown artist. “We don’t have the gold going UP the hill.”…Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I’m the keyword poet, artist and musician. They don’t ask for me. They ask for “Make up your mind poem” or “modern art images”. Maybe they’ll find me for “Vermeer Watercolor”. He never painted one but that’s the internet and people find me. My name doesn’t matter. The art, music and poems do. I’m the ultimate internet virus of art but I’m seen read and heard. Come to think of it Anon has always put out some good stuff!

John Cooper Clarke The Beasley Street Poet


John Cooper Clarke (born 25 January 1949) is an English performance poet who first became famous during the punk rock era of the late 1970s when he became known as a “punk poet”.He released several albums in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and continues to perform regularly.
His recorded output has mainly centred on musical backing from the Invisible Girls, which featured Martin Hannett, Steve Hopkins, Pete Shelley, Bill Nelson, and Paul Burgess.
In July 2013, Clarke was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts in “acknowledgement of a career which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing musicians and comedians” by the University of Salford. Upon receipt, Clarke commented: “Now I’m a doctor, finally my dream of opening a cosmetic surgery business can become a reality.”
Clarke’s poem “I Wanna Be Yours” was adapted by Arctic Monkeys and frontman Alex Turner for the band’s fifth album, AM, released on 9 September 2013. Speaking about the poem to the NME ’​s Matt Wilkinson, Clarke said:
I wrote it along with a load of others at the time, I tend to write like that. I remember when it was – about ’83 or ’84 or something like that. It’s come to my attention that it’s the wedding favourite. The number of people that have said, “I had that read at my wedding”, or “My husband proposed to me using that number”… It’s been very useful in the world of modern romance! It is to modern wedding ceremonies what “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Eric Idle is to humanist funerals. I probably go to a great many more funerals than you do, so take it from me.

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Art Animations by Erin Anfinson

art animations

The earliest animations were flip cards. Early movies with their jumpy screens seem more like art but animations in everybody’s mind start with a certain mouse and Disney. We think of the individual frames as art as well as the animation. Erin Anfinson is playful but introspective. It is the animation video as a whole which suggests art as the genre. The animation is art and the artist searches for a motif as in all expressions. It’s a different suggestion than Warhol’s sleeping man, and it’s simply expressed but I get it. The sleeping man may be art but it’s, well, you know, boring. Erin’s videos wake us up instead.

via Erin’s Animation Page……”

A stop-motion project inspired by a chapter from Alan Lightman’s book, Einstein’s Dreams.

Music: Bach: Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor BWV 1011, Performed by Colin Carr, licensed by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (Creative Commons BY-NC-ND)

Erin received a BA in Studio Art from the University of Northern Iowa in 2001 and completed an MFA in painting at the University of Connecticut in 2003. Her paintings, encaustic works and stop-motion animations have been exhibited in a variety of national exhibitions. We found her paintings, drawings, and her site is beautifully done.

Erin Anfinson’s You Tube Channel Erin Anfinson Films is a place to save. The graphics and images are as interesting as film and goes along with our efforts to blend the arts, often with videos.

Ya just gotta go for the cicadas, ya gotta”….Jake
I’m from Tennessee and the cicadas, especially the 17 year cicada represents, for me, the passage of time and the marking of epochs in a life. It’s a pretty long time, 17 years and we only get a few cicada awakenings and remember them we do. Like mayflies and other insects they certainly make their habits known. I like this little graphic art about the cicada. Love these images.

art animations

Found Still Life 2, 2012 encaustic and paper on panel 20” x 16”l…© Erin Anfinson