Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Flash Of A Neon Light That Split The Night

(Camilla Åkrans for Numeró)

Have you ever just felt like there was so much rushing around inside of you, and that no amount of shouting or singing or crying or writing could possibly begin to empty it all out? That you could talk for ten years and write a hundred poems and everything you felt would still be trapped in the little corners of your brain and your heart?

I feel that way now. A little stuck.

But anyways, Passover festivities commenced tonight. Relatively (actually, completely) uneventful. Wine makes family gatherings so much more lovely.

This bag is hilarious and perfect. Thoroughly cheeky, wonderfully unexpected from a brand like Longchamp, and basically the thing that has been missing from my wardrobe all my life.

I really, really want a bright pair of Converse for the spring. These are pretty much my favorite footwear ever created. As much as I love to salivate over exquisite heels and delicate flats, and even wear them often enough, Converse end up on my feet most of the time. They're just so wonderfully dependable.

In the car on the way home tonight, I was listening to my iPod and right then and there compiled a very important list.

My Top Ten Favorite Lyricists Of All Time, In No Specific Order
John Lennon
Ben Gibbard

Sufjan Stevens
Conor Oberst
Ben Kweller
Colin Meloy
Paul Simon
James Mercer
Elliott Smith
Billy Joel

In close contest for number eleven: Sam Beam, Andrew Bird, Justin Vernon.

Tell me your favorites! I like to learn about you all.

from ansel olson on flickr

About a year ago, I started writing a lot of poems about nature and how it felt around me. Just looking in my backyard at dusk brought all these ideas gushing out. Here are two I wrote last spring; I think of them like two halves of the same poem.

a kind of renaissance

the enormous forsythia plant is
in bloom again below my window, a
sinuous tangle of yellow tails like
a crisp greek wreath. above it
the slick orange ball of sun glows
against charred trees, a watercolor of
fire and branches about to burst to life.

a monet twilight

by now the sky has paled to mauve
and lavender, traces of celestial lipstick
wiped across the atmosphere. above
the purple melting pot, a sheet
of milky blue bedecks the heavens
like a cool basin turned upside down,
emptying its viscera in a current of
stars and air scented with honeysuckle.

Posting will be spotty for the next week or so, as I'm going away until next Thursday and have no idea what my internet availability will be like. I'll try desperately to post before then!

"Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy."
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

P.S. Post title from one of the most beautiful songs ever written, "The Sound Of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel.


Anonymous said...

heyyy babe. so i talked to my mom about topshop AND YOU AND I CAN GO ON APRIL 25TH. she's chaperoning so ALL IS WELL. watch out new york, two suburb girls are about to shake things up.

and i love you and your nature poetry. GOODNESS i need to write more. it's becoming pathetic.

Emz said...

Omgosh I love that bag! I saw it in a Teen Vogue issue a while back. Love those photos!

Anonymous said...

oh, also. you'll absolutely murder me for voicing this but CHRIS MARTIN.

i rest my case.

and stop making that disdainful look I know you're casting at the computer screen as you read this.

love youu ;-)

Ellery said...

Thanks very much lovely!!! Im having fun looking at your blog!!

Love the teacup with 'drink me' ^^ up there!!

El xox

Parapluie said...

Oh, what a wonderful post and I love your poems!

Twobreadsplease said...

I love the first two photos and the bag! x

Shin said...

I really love that bag, so fun!! I love your list of the Lyricists and they have such a way with words, don't they? I wish I could wear converses but the only thing is that I feel like my feet is in a box and I would much rather run around in sandals! xxoxoxoxo

Indie.Tea said...

Passover sounds like so much fun...
Lovely photographs too.

trigg and trig. said...

whoa those two top photos are seriously what i want to do in my next shoot, totally gave me a vision, ha.
thanks for your com, not me in the header tho, but i styled it :)
great blog!

Morena Doll said...

Um no Annie, I think it's you that is the lovely one.

But thanks.
♥ Morena

White Tea & Wild Horses said...

Those Numero photographs are just breathtaking!

Anna said...

Those photo's are beautiful, That's how I imagine summer.

Olive the Brave said...

thank you for your comment! you have a lovely blog =]
i want those shoes and the bag!!

Ania said...

thank you :) I wish I could tell you that there's one website where you can find pretty pictures like these, but usually I stumble upon them in the most random places. often - my own endless archives. or I'll have some clippings from magazines, from years ago, and decide to check out what that photographer has been up to lately. sometimes a photographer whose work I admire mentions his/her inspirations, so I look those up... but I guess it's true that pictures shot in that soft, hazy light appeal to me the most. I'm not really interested in reality ;)

Pansieberry said...

Ah, I love the Sound of Silence. Simon & Garfunkel are one of my favorite artists.
I enjoyed the poems and the forsythia quote!

kimvee said...

I know how you're feeling & that bag is awesome! :)

The Clothes Horse said...

I love those first two images--I want to go frolic in a field.

Anonymous said...

very true about wine for family events! loving the color of the converse (bought 3 items in that color today) and ben gibbard, my all time fave. he's a poet.

Posh said...

Hi Annie,

I have add you to my favourites! x

jules said...

Love ben kewller. Also love the parasol in the first picture.

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

Omg are you serious. I'm obssesed with that bag. My friend owns those converse and I'm secretly plannning to steal them. And John Lennon is one of my favorite four people in the world!!!!! I love your taste, would you like to swap links????

Missa said...

"by now the sky has paled to mauve
and lavender, traces of celestial lipstick wiped across the atmosphere."

That's good stuff. Lovely blog you have. Thanks for stopping by mine :)

blue moss said...

so glad you visited my blog....and so glad to find yours
love that color in converse!

yiqin; said...

I WANT THAT LONG CHAMP BAG! It is so cool & witty

Lola Re said...

Your have such a great aesthetic! Love the editorial in Numero. I think you would like this girl's blog a lot:

Her pics remind me a lot of yours.


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