Marley was candid about his love of poetry and how it has influenced his painting from youth. In the picture below, “Waiting for the Petals to Fall,” it looks simply like a bunch of red poppies in a container against a background of vibrant colors: striking and yet the juxtaposition of the colors and the repeated lines within the flowers give the viewer a feeling of conflict or unease..
Marley spoke about how he paints a poppy each year and his poppies relate back to hearing a poem although he could not remember the author. A little research has turned up the poem, “In Flanders Field” by Lt. Col. John M. McCrae, M.D. a Canadian doctor who tended to the British troops in a small Flemish village after they succumbed to a German chemical attack in 1915. McCrae was so disheartened by the massive loss of young men that he penned the following lines which appeared anonymously in London’s “Punch.”
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The lark, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”
To get the complete poem, go to PoemHunter.com. It was written during the Great War, now referred to as WWI. America’s Lt. John Philip Sousa collaborated with Dr. McCrae and composed the music for the poem.
Marley also spoke about American poet Robert Bly and the importance of poetry in his own life; he reads poetry every day before starting to paint. Bly’s work that Kaul refers to in the video is the “Iron John” series. This book of poetry is about men, published in 1990 by Addison Wesley, and is the best known of all Bly’s works.
Marley’s precise comment about poetry is, “If I could write, I’d be a poet.” Marley, you are a poet in every way—you write with brush and pigment.
Please, listen up folks! We had another incident of damage to an installation. This time is was Roger Loyson’s, “Cosmic Spheres.” It is regrettable that some in this town do not recognize the gift of public art that the Bemidji Sculpture Walk brings to this community. Another installation, “Sparky” has been repeatedly damaged.
What is even more regrettable is that no one has notified the police while the damage was being done. No one stopped the person doing the damage. No one reminded the person that they were destroying another person’s private property and finally no one stood up for the Bemidji community at large. It would be disappointing to us Bemidjians if the SWC had to discontinue the public art because no artist would put their work in jeopardy of malicious destruction.
Please stand up for what makes this community the great place it is to live and bring up families.