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One of the Victorian age's finest, beautiful and innovative Poets

  Consider the Lilies of the Field Flowers preach to us if we will hear:—The rose saith in the dewy morn:I am most fair;Yet all my loveliness is born Upon a thorn. The poppy saith amid the corn:Let but my scarlet head appearAnd I am held in scorn;Yet juice of subtle virtue liesWithin my cup of curious dyes.The lilies say: Behold how wePreach without words of purity.The violets whisper from the shadeWhich their own leaves have made:Men scent our fragrance on the air,Yet take no heedOf humble lessons we would read.But not alone the fairest flowers:The merest grassAlong the roadside where we pass,Lichen and moss and sturdy weed,Tell of His love who sends the dew,The rain and sunshine too,To nourish...

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A Masterpiece of Hope and Dreams

From The Year of the Monkey, Patti Smith "One cannot approximate truth, add nor take away, for there is no one on earth like the true shepherd and there is nothing in heaven like the suffering of real life. "I knew there had to be a brass telescope mounted somewhere on the boards and I was determined to find it, not exactly a telescope but an instrument of beyondness, right on the esplanade… My pockets were brimming with coins so I set up camp and concentrated, first on a freighter, then on a star, and then all the way back to Earth. I could actually see that ball the world. I was in space and could see it all, as if...

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Lillian Bassman 1917 - 2012

It's a Cinch. I have long adored the images created by photographer, Lillian Bassman, a New York native. This one is a favourite. It is so feminine, so dreamy and full of beauty. Lillian started out studying textile design in high school, then fashion illustration at the Pratt Institute. In 1940 she was offered a scholarship to study with Alexey Brodovitch, art director at Harper's Bazaar, at the New School for Social Research and became his first paid assistant at Harper's Bazaar. She went on to become co-art Director at Junior Bazaar where she appointed young photographers, Robert Frank and Richard Avedon. Bassman started creating her own photographs during this time and became a freelance fashion photographer in 1947. She...

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