Brita Granström: a small fleeting moment, the wide blue sea

“Tea for Two” by Brita Granström

I had to catch my breath the first time I saw Brita Granström’s, “Tea for Two”: the soft light at the window framed by gauzy blue curtains, the expectant posture of the woman looking outside, the gorgeous blue tea set. Love how she captured the ethereal beauty of a fleeting moment in time.

Brita in her studio.

Living and working between the UK and her native Sweden, Brita is a fine arts painter as well as an award winning children’s book illustrator (most notably in collaboration with her husband Mick Manning).

No surprise – I’m totally enamored of her interiors, which depict people engaged in domestic tasks – arranging flowers, cutting rhubarb, rolling out pastry dough, cutting apples, relaxing with a crossword puzzle. Her “soft focus” approach gives her pictures a dreamy, haunting quality that pulls us into her visual narratives. We are witnessing ‘life as it happens.’

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nine cool things on a tuesday

1. Happy June! Welcoming a new month with the sheer loveliness of Matt Underwood’s woodblock prints.

Matt’s a painter, printmaker, and beekeeper based in Lincoln, England. He studied art and art history at the Salisbury College of Art and wildlife illustration at Carmarthenshire College of Art. He’s primarily inspired by the natural world and began drawing and keeping sketchbooks at an early age.

Because he doesn’t have a printing press, he practices the Japanese woodblock printing technique of using a bamboo baren (round flat disc covered with a dried leaf).

He shows his work regularly in London and throughout the UK, including at the Medici Gallery, the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, and the Royal West of England Academy of Art.

His work has also appeared in several books: Wildlife in Printmaking (Langford Press), Art for the Love of Sark (Gateway Publishing, Ltd.), and The Great Fen (Langford Press).

For more, visit Matt’s Official Website. You can purchase prints at his Etsy Shop.

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poetry friday roundup is here!

Please help yourself to a floral cupcake, macarons, chocolates and green tea.

Happy May and Welcome to Poetry Friday at Alphabet Soup.

Mother’s Day is a holiday of mixed emotions. It’s true what they say: you never stop missing your mother. Mine has been gone eight years.

I’m thankful for those little reminders of her abiding presence; especially poignant are snippets of her handwriting in old cookbooks or on recipe cards.

via Adirondack Girl @ Heart
MOTHER'S DAY MEMO

                     Remembering Ida

by Anita Pulier

Breathe in her scent,
thumb through food stained pages,
touch her buttery finger prints.

Remove her little notes
on more garlic or less wine,
place them in your jewelry box

in case they contain
secrets, it's time
to find Mom's clues.

Bow your head to
this unique holiday offer
of sensory overload.

Recall family dinners crowded
around an orange banquette
curving around a Formica table,

kitchen walls
strewn with flowered wallpaper
insisting on cheer.

Allow a moment to grieve
the loss of unconditional love.

Pour a nice cup of tea,
open the Times online,
place the cursor
on the world you live in now.

~ from The Butcher's Diamond (Finishing Line Press, 2018), posted by permission of the author.

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“Lina’s Kitchen” by Yelena Mirchevskaya

ANITA:

My mother Ida was born in the back room of her immigrant parents’ Brooklyn grocery store. The family would gather for meals in that same back room, sitting around a barrel that served as a table.

In her own home Mom insisted on family dinners in the dining room and took pride in her cooking. She was a fabulous self taught cook. She collected recipes in a small filing box. On those cards and in her cookbooks (all of which I inherited) are little notes and observations that fill me with memories and longing when I pull one out.

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My mother Margaret was also a self taught cook who kept recipes in a small filing box. The poem’s title, “Mother’s Day Memo,” is especially apt, since Margaret worked in an office and often typed memos (and recipe cards) on her slick IBM Selectric. When she sent me some of those recipes after I moved to Virginia, she’d often scribble helpful tips in the margins. She’s still teaching me. 🙂

I have many fond memories of sitting at my grandmother’s red Formica kitchen table (where I helped my aunts wrap hundreds of dumplings). Whether you grew up in New York or Hawaii, food memories, with their “sensory overload,” may just be the most nourishing of all, since they speak of family and friends together, our unique cultural and social histories, happy chatter, spoons and glasses clinking.

What we wouldn’t give for just one more sip of our mothers’ unconditional love. ♥️

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Now, please leave your links with the dashing Mr. Linky (he’s feeling especially peckish today). Enjoy your travels through blogland as you sample the delectable smorgasbord of original poems, reviews, poetry challenges, and commentary being shared by our friends this week.

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🌹 Happy Mother’s Day to all, and special thanks to Anita for letting me share her poem today! 🌹

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2020 Poetry Friday Archive

1. Three Barbara Crooker “blue” poems

2. “Letter Perfect” by Alice N. Persons

3. THE SUPERLATIVE A. LINCOLN by Eileen R. Myer and Dave Szalay

4. ON A SNOW-MELTING DAY: Seeking Signs of Spring by Buffy Silverman

5. “Saltines” and “Fifteen Bean Soup” by Barbara Crooker

6. “What I Eat is How I Feel” (Guest post by Julia Wendell)

7. “Great Breakfasts of My Childhood” by Ryan Warren

8. INSIDE OUT: Poems On Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises by Marjorie Maddox

9. WHOO-KU HAIKU: A Great Horned Owl Story by Maria Gianferrari and Jonathan Voss

10. 2020 National Poetry Month Kidlitosphere Roundup

11. “The Consolation of Apricots” by Diane Ackerman

12. I REMEMBER: Poems and Pictures of Heritage, edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins

13. “Animal Cracker (no s)” by Gretchen Friel

14. “Fragmentary Blue” by Robert Frost and “Blue Eyes” by Elton John

15. ON WINGS OF WORDS: The Extraordinary Life of Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Berne and Becca Stadtlander

16. “The Cookie Jar” by Edgar Guest

17. “Working in Flour” by Jeff Friedman (+ Poetry Friday Roundup)

18. ILLUSIONS: Poetry and Art for the Young at Heart by Charles Ghigna and Chip Ghigna

19. “Tea at Jubilee Manor” by Linda Crosfield and “I Am Not Old,” by Samantha Reynolds

20. “Money is the Thing with Feathers” by Susan Firer

21. “What is Given” by Ralph Murre, and “Strawberries” by Tamara Madison

22. “The Night of Corona” by Ann Barber

23. “On the Other Side” by Lynn Ungar

24. Follow the Recipe by Marilyn Singer and Marjorie Priceman

25. “Call Me Bourgeois” by Alice N. Persons

26. KAMALA HARRIS: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes and Laura Freeman

27. Three poems by Penny Harter (Interview/A Poem The Body Makes)

28. I’M FEELING BLUE, TOO! by Marjorie Maddox and Philip Huber

29. “Of History and Hope” by Miller Williams

30. “Falling” by David James (+ Poetry Friday Roundup)

31. “Ode to a Tea Bag” by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer

32. “Keeping Quiet” by Pablo Neruda

33. THE TINY BAKER by Hayley Barrett and Alison Jay

34. Sonny and Cher memory (“I Got You Babe”)

35. “While the Pie is Cooling” by Camille A. Bala

36. “Lessons” by David L. James

37. “I Like Tapioca” by Bill Batcher

38. “Into the Darkest Hour” by Madeleine L’Engle


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we have two winners!

Hooray, we have two winners!

Joe Biden for President and Kamala Harris for Vice President!!

*thunderous applause*

Oh, you were wondering about the action figure giveaway? 🙂

Well, it just so happens that Monsieur Random Integer Generator picked someone who wanted Joe, and someone who wanted Kamala. Maybe it’s his way of celebrating the most awesome Presidential election victory in America’s history (he’s cool that way).

So, are you ready?

*rubs hands together*

*deep breath*

*a little tap dance*

**trumpet fanfare**

***la la la la la***

The first winner, who requested a Joey action figure (and who just happens to live in Delaware) is:

🐞 BARBARA V.!! 🍓

And the second winner, who wanted a Kamala action figure (and who’s from Barack’s and my home state) is:

🌴 LI ANN!! 🌺

🎉 CONGRATULATIONS, BARB AND LI ANN!! 🎉

🎈WOO HOO!! 🎈

*cartwheels*

*backflips*

*high fives*

I’m sure Joey and Kamala will love living with you (make sure you stock up on ice cream for Joey and Special K cereal for Kamala).

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was especially wonderful hearing your enthusiasm for the trail blazing women who continue to inspire us.

Now, on to the Georgia run-offs, and then the inauguration in January.

We are in good hands with Joey and Kamala!!

As I said before, WE HAVE TWO WINNERS! 🙂


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