Monday, 3 September 2012

Def Jam Poetry

First Writing Since by Suheir Hammad

'I cried when I saw those buildings collapse on themselves
Like a broken heart,
I have never owned pain
That needs to spread like that.'

'If any light is to come
It will shine from the eyes of those who look for peace and justice
After the rubble and rhetoric are cleared
And the phoenix has risen.

Affirm life, affirm life'

One Of The Most Incredible Photos Ever Taken

Thich Quang Duc, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who burned himself alive in protest to the persecution of Buddhists by the Roman Catholic church in South Vietnam. Inspiring.

Taken by Malcolm Browne

Jacek Yerka

Moving slightly away from the realist artists that I was blogging about a few days ago, I've recently fallen a bit in love with Jacek Yerka. He takes images and memories from his childhood and distorts their "grey, somewhat horrifying reality" into fantasy landscapes of his own creation. The confused perspective and calculated chaos of their contents results in whimsical, sometimes mythical, sometimes slightly science fiction imaginings. This makes Yerka's work the perfect tool of escapism for both its creator and its viewer.