Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Mixtape :: 16 april (and a new look)

It's time for a new look here on Mondays.  This week we're looking at art that caught my attention over the past couple of weeks.  They happen to be somewhat connected on the theme of farms; other than that, my brain's pretty tired and good art makes me happy.

I hope you enjoy, too!

p.s., if you don't have time to take in all 5 tracks this week, don't miss the Wendell Berry poem in track 4!

track 1: painting

                                                                          Source: via Tamara on Pinterest

track 2:  music

County Farm Blues by Son House on Grooveshark

County Farm Blues
Son House

track 3:  short film

Tiger in a Jar: fig + fauna farm

track 4:  poem

Practice resurrection

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion - put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry
"Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" from The Country of Marriage (1973)

track 5:  links

Christ Church Garden: (please note the world's best tag line ever) awesome since 2012!

from the website:
Christ Church Garden is a partnership between Christ Church Austin and Genesis Gardens through the Seed Sower’s program. Our goal is to feed the homeless of Austin through local, sustainable, organic gardening while we support Genesis Gardens as they not only feed, but empower the homeless of Austin. This blog post is a good overview of the program and it’s leader, Steven Hebbard. You can contact me to volunteer or with any questions at

my note:  Since coming to Austin, we have come to love many, many people, but none more than the inimitable, bow-tie-wearing, country horse veterinarian, pipe-crafting Matt Evans.  He oversees the garden and the blog.  He's pretty awesome himself.

Happy Monday, y'all!

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