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Friday, November 18, 2011


The title of the series  "river and dam" is inspired on: Gary Bartz - I've known Rivers.
The song is based on a poem by the poet Langston Hughes.

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy 
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

Langston Hughes, The Negro Speaks of Rivers


Liz Davidson / Artist Notebook said...

These are wonderful series, love the flow, the color, everything. And thanks for the poem that inspired it.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I have always loved this poem by Langston Hughes...thank you for posting. I also like the way you have posted your work all together...beautiful!

Sue said...

Wonderful series of paintings,marvellous textures and colours.
And they work so well with this brilliant poem which I didn't know - it is indeed very inspiring.

Sharon said...

WOW. Eric! Look at these!!! Thank you, I really wanted to see this exhibition hung in one place. Marvelous series. As each piece unfolded I truly wondered why I kept feeling such a strong Jazz/musical presence. Langston Hughes - mystery solved. (Loved the Gary Bartz link.) You've captured it all. Bravo!

Margaret Cooter said...

I'm so glad you left a comment on my blog - it led me here to see these wonderful works. I love the combination of colours and shapes; they look so good together!

CERULEAN said...

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Lindsay said...

What a beautiful piece and a great gift of a poem! Thanks

Jala Pfaff said...

I love this artwork!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

More treasures here. Thanks you.

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