the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Month: June, 2011

les dents des femmes sont des objets si charmants

“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.”

~loren eiseley

title and photo from Man Ray’s L’Étoile de mer
found here: prisms of thread


the tribe was broken

at last we killed the roaches.
mama and me. she sprayed,
i swept the ceiling and they fell
dying onto our shoulders, in our hair
covering us with red. the tribe was broken,
the cooking pots were ours again
and we were glad, such cleanliness was grace
when i was twelve. only for a few nights,
and then not much, my dreams were blood
my hands were blades and it was murder murder
all over the place.

At Last We Killed The Roaches, Lucille Clifton

image via 50 watts: h. c. andersen, medusa, agnete lind picture book, 1854

and this:

In an 1833 letter about da Vinci’s “Medusa” Andersen wrote:

 The head had something magic about it that attracted me, the foam of the abyss in its most beautiful form; it is hell that has created a Madonna head, the warm poison streaming out of her mouth; the serpent’s hair is moving while the beholder becomes petrified.

silken strand

The spider, dropping down from twig,
Unwinds a thread of her devising:
A thin, premeditated rig
To use in rising.

And all the journey down through space,
In cool descent, and loyal-hearted,
She builds a ladder to the place
From which she started.

Thus I, gone forth, as spiders do,
In spider’s web a truth discerning,
Attach one silken strand to you
For my returning.

Natural History, E.B. White

photo: picasso with wife  Jacqueline
and a beautiful read: about her

i have to tell you

I have to tell you,
there are times when
the sun strikes me
like a gong,
and I remember everything,
even your ears.

~ Dorothea Grossman

photo: here

the best thing to wear for today

“This is the best thing to wear for today, you understand. Because I don’t like women in skirts and the best thing is to wear pantyhose or some pants under a short skirt, I think. Then you have the pants under the skirt and then you can pull the stockings up over the pants underneath the skirt. And you can always take off the skirt and use it as a cape. So I think this is the best costume for today.”
— Edith Bouvier Beale

 photo from and loving: wearing the pants
thank you ESB for the introduction

of marvelous golden

“I had this idea that there was a whole world of marvelous golden people somewhere…Sort of super-heroic people, all of them beautiful and witty and calm and kind, and I always imagined that when I did find them I’d suddenly know that I belonged among them, that I was one of them, that I’d been meant to be one of them all along, and everything in the meantime had been a mistake.”

—Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

(photo: here via here)

they like to wrap her in velvet
but does anyone know her name

serpent life


photo found: here
text from snakes: curiosities and wonders of serpent life


the heart, a serpent

In my room, there is a serpent,
Slow and gorgeous to behold…
She is calm and introverted
Much like I, and just as cold.

As I’m writing in the evening,
She is sitting by my side,
Her indifferent eyes won’t leave me,
Shining emerald in the night.In the dark, I sob and whimper
But the icons don’t reply…
My requests would be so different
If it wasn’t for those eyes.

In the morning, when I’m weary,
Like a candle, melting thin,
A black ribbon slithers freely
Down across the shoulder skin.


poem: anna ahkmatova
image: A Map of the Open Country of Woman’s Heart via even cleveland



(topshop a/w 2011 lookbook via earth-age)

fire clouds

If they burn hot enough, the fires kick up particles high into the atmosphere. If conditions are right, water droplets cling to the particles and form storm clouds capable of producing lighting, strong winds and sometimes even rain — through rarely ever enough to help out fire crews battling a blaze below.

“Right now, as far as lighting goes, we’re not anticipating anything for the next few days,” Waters said.

“So it’s not up to Mother Nature, it’s up to humans.”

(text from here)
(image from here)
p.s. the wallow fire has burned over 500 square miles — about 10 times the size of Manhattan.