Author Event: Sharon Musher, June 6th, 6 pm

Join us on June 6th at 6:00 pm  to meet local author Sharon Musher and hear her discuss her new book Democratic Art: The New Deal's Influence on American Culture.


At its height in 1935, the New Deal spent millions to help needy artists, who used that support to create more than 100,000 works. In Democratic Art, Musher argues that those engaged in New Deal art were part of an explicitly cultural agenda that sought not just to create art but to democratize and Americanize it as well.
"Eloquently written and historically balanced, the book uses anecdotal evidence and biography to animate the story of New Deal arts programming and notions of cultural capital in new and engaging ways." 
---Erika Doss, University of Notre Dame

Event date: 

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

POEM of the DAY

May, 22nd, 2015



Salt and Bread


Now the wind sends its rails ahead;

we will follow in slow trains

and inhabit these islands,

trust beside trust.


Into the hand of my oldest friend

I place the key to my post; the rain man will now manage

my darkened house and lengthen

the lines of the ledger which I drew up

since I stayed less often.


You, in fever-white vestments,

gather the exiled and tear

from the flesh of cactus a thorn

– symbol of impotence

to which we meekly bow.


We know

that we'll remain the continent's captives,

and again we'll succumb to its troubled ills,

and the tides of truth

will arrive less often.


For sleeping yet in the cliff

is the barely lit skull.

the claw hangs in the claw

in the dark stone, and the stigmata

are healed in the violet of the volcano.


Of the great storms of light,

none has reached the living.

So I gather the salt

when the sea overcomes us,

and turn back

and lay it on the threshold

and step into the house.


We share bread with the rain;

bread, a debt, and a house.


                       Ingeborg Bachmann

                     from Darkness Spoken

By Ingeborg Bachmann, Peter Filkins (Translator), Charles Simic (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780939010844
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Zephyr Press (AZ) - August 2006

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