Saturday, December 03, 2005

Writing on the Wall

POST THE FIFTH

Watercolour on paper, Paul Hance, (2001)
A tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks.

On public display on a wall in the public library in Mountain View, CA.




Our Miss Brooks is the name of the painting.
Speech to the Young: Speech to the Progress-Toward is th name of the poem.

The text (punctuation mine - I've tried to preserve the spacing).


Say to
them -


Say to the down-
keepers,
The sun-slappers,
The self-soilers,


The harmony-hushers,


"Even if you are not
ready for day
it cannot
always
be
night."


You
will
be
right,


For that is the
hard
home-run.


Live
Not for battles
won,
Live not for the
End-of-the-song.
Live
in
the


Along.



-- Gwendolyn Brooks


Gwendolyn Brooks, (1917-2000), poet, was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer prize.




"Our Miss Brooks" was a popular radio show, which successfully crossed over to TV.
Eve Arden played the comedy role of Connie Brooks, English teacher at fictional Madison High School, a smart and sharp-witted, but ever-likable, character.

Paul Hance is an artist who " self-describes the major body of his work as Progressive Naive".

2 Comments:

Blogger Shirley & Dave said...

Hi Sid, Love the photos. BTW, I'm old enough to remember the TV version of Our Miss Brooks. FYI, Richard Crenna played one of her students on the TV show when he was very young himself.

10:05 AM  
Blogger traveblog said...

whoopie doo, another mother figure reading my blog :)

Umm - should I know Richard Crenna? I mean, I looked him up on the net, but name/face/bio doesn't ring a bell.

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Sid

1:44 PM  

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