Wednesday, 25 March 2015

“The deep parts of my life pour onward, as if the river shores were opening out. I feel closer to what language can’t reach. With my senses, as with birds, I climb into the windy heaven… in the ponds broken off from the sky..” Rainer Maria Rilke

pic : Eabha
Fairbrook Garden

 I live through the universal subconscious of the past, present and future of all beings. (Seven Nova)

artist : Berndnaut Smilde

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Silva Zanoyan Merjanian's second collection of poetry, Rumor is described by Philip Larea as 'a lush, full-bodied zinfandel infused throughout with the terroir of her Armenian heritage. These poems are deeply colored with currant and cherry, rich with tobacco and licorice, meant to be rolled around the tongue, and exhaled with a peppery finish.' (Philip Larea)

Silva Zanoyan Merjanian is a widely published poet who grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. She moved to Geneva during the Lebanese civil war after personally experiencing the devastation of her beloved country. She later settled in California to raise her two sons with her husband. Her poetry reflects a little of what she took with her from each city she lived in. The nostalgia for her roots, her Armenian heritage, her deep sense of humanity reduced and elevated at the same time in life’s events, permeate through her poems. Her work is featured in anthologies and international poetry journals. Actress/Producer Eabha Rose recently read four of her poems; Choices, Rooftop, Doves of Beirut and Suicide which gained international acclaim. Her first volume of poetry, Uncoil a Night, was released in 2013. 


'when you write late at night
it's like a small fire
in a clearing, it's what
radiates and what can hurt
if you get too close to it.
it's why your silence is a kind of truth.
even when you speak to your best friend,
the one who'll never betray you,
you always leave out one thing;
a secret life is that important.'
 'A Secret Life' - Stephen Dunne

picture : Brooke Shaden


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Our little poetry film, The Elephant is Contagious, featuring Alicja Ayres, Lute Al Raad, Ruth Lehane, Trea Breazeale, John Joyce, Eamonn Murphy and yours truly and directed by Simon O'Neill has been nominated for Awardeo TV's 'Video of the Week'. Please do give us a vote using the following link...Thank you for the support.

Monday, 16 March 2015

The Opening of Eyes

That day I saw beneath dark clouds,
the passing light over the water
and I heard the voice of the world speak out,
I knew then, as I had before,
life is no passing memory of what has been
nor the remaining pages in a great book
waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed.
It is the vision of far off things
seen for the silence they hold.
It is the heart after years
of secret conversing,
speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert
fallen to his knees before the lit bush.
It is the man throwing away his shoes
as if to enter heaven
and finding himself astonished,
opened at last,
fallen in love with solid ground.
(David Whyte)
pic by Eabha
(River Dawn path)

Monday, 9 March 2015

Spring Fire

Using the 'Transitions' theme, we have been asked collect stories, pictures, paintings, photos and recordings of the last couple of years to compile and share to music as part of the audio visual backdrop to 'Spring in New York'. The race is on to sieve through the art box and create a new piece of work whereby each component becomes part of the tapestry.

A few years ago, I worked on a similar but smaller project for our Healing Arts Trust, and using the concept of threading together significant memories, created a patchwork quilt of paintings on silk, each square representing a particularly meaningful time in the individual's life.

painting in progress : Spring Fire

are we there yet....?

Less than three weeks before returning to the best city in the world. With a plan to blend literary with spiritual, we will be sharing words at The Anonymous Literary Salon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (the evening to be recorded by Black Watch Films) to a traditional Seder service in the city alongside family and friends. This time of year is always about transitions!

A painting inspired by Passover, Good Friday and Easter. It was painted starting on the first day of Passover and finished on Easter (Adam O Day)