Arts History Update for late April 2016

6 May

Arts History Update for late April 2016 by David Cummins

An information session on the docent program, encouraging you to enter that program and become a docent, will occur on Saturday April 23 from1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Texas Tech Museum. If interested please contact the Education Division by e-mail at or phone 742-2432.

There is always a person at the reception desk inside the front door of the museum, to advise the entrant in which room the event is located.


M. NourbeSe Philip is a Toronto Canada female poet, novelist, playwright, essayist and short story writer She was a lawyer but quit practicing law in the 1980s. She was born in Tobago an island close to the country of Venezuela. She graduated from the University of the West Indies and then obtained two degrees from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. In 1988 she published a collection of poems titled She Tries Her Tongue: Her Silence Softly Breaks in which there is a poem Discourse on the Logic of Language. She reads that poem at this site Please watch and listen. Poetry is never read more revealingly than when read by the author.

The last Words Aloud Spoken Word Festival was November 5-8, 2015 Look for similar occasions in your community. Lubbock Poetry Movement was founded in 2012. Contact it by phone 806-438-4995 or by e-mail

2016 Forrestfest was held on April 15-16 at Lamar Forrest Park Community Center in Lamesa Texas. It was announced as Poetry Art and Music in Lamesa. The Permian Basin chapter of Poetry Society of Texas was active in producing the event There is a High Plains chapter in Amarillo


The finest pieces in the recent April 14-17 Art Cologne Germany Art Fair are noticed here This is not old school fine art, it’s very new school and takes some getting accustomed to before one is over the jarring aspect. For a few pieces one thinks “I know that can be done, but is it art?” or “Why am I not appreciating this?”


Mayor and City Council Election is May 7, 2016. Early Voting begins Vote Early
— on any day — Monday April 25  thru Tuesday May 3
— at any time between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
— at any one of these locations
United Supermarkets                       2630 Parkway Dr
United Supermarkets                       112 N University Ave – Amigos
United Supermarkets                       401 Slide Road (4th & Slide)
United Supermarkets                       1701 50th St (50th & Avenue Q)
United Supermarkets                       4425 19th St (19th & Quaker Ave)
United Supermarkets                       2703 82nd St (82nd & Boston Ave)
United Supermarkets                       8010 Frankford (82nd & Frankford)
United Supermarkets                       4205 98th St (98th & Quaker Ave)
TTU Rec Center                                Hartford Ave & Main St
Lubbock County Elections Office   1308 Crickets Ave


The best English translation of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke 1875-1926 may be by Ruth Speirs. She died in 2000 and her literary heirs have uncovered translations not previously published, The Rilke of Ruth Speirs: New Poems, Duino Elegies, Sonnets to Orpheus, and Others (transl. Ruth Speirs, Two Rivers Press 2015) 187 pages paperback $13.15 used at but new at ABE Books $15.30 incl s&h from England.

Rilke was an ethnic Austrian but born in Prague and he traveled widely throughout Europe and beyond while a youth. His literary career was 1894-1925. His language was German. He is referred to as a Bohemian-Austrian because Prague is the capital of Bohemia as well as the Czech Republic. After the second world war most Germans were hounded out of Prague and its environs, so German speakers in Prague today are rare. His poetry is lyrical, romantic and mystical, difficult for many people to access, but once accomplished never forgotten. Speirs translations make it more accessible.





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