Carol Thayer Cox, art therapist and writer, found her own emotional therapy in the nature poetry of Pulitzer-prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver, who has been compared to literary giants, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. Oliver’s passing early this year deeply affected Carol. As Oliver would have done, Carol gave voice in a poem to her emotion and the revelation that Oliver’s death brought home to her. The Messenger was published in this summer’s edition of Pen Woman Magazine. To fully appreciate Carol’s tribute to Mary Oliver, you may wish to glance first at this fine description of the renowned poet and her work.
Photo of Mary Oliver by Angel Valentin, New York Times, 2013
Pamdemonium Press publishes an online journal titled, “Doorknobs & Bodypaint, and JD (Joyce Daniels) has not one but two stories in the May issue: Temple Worship and A Joke Gone Wrong. Pandemonium Press (Berkeley, CA) also publishes “riverbabble,” to which JD contributed a story in 2018.
On March 14, 2019, we had the enormous pleasure and privilege of visiting the world-renowned artist, Marcus Jansen, at his studio and gallery in Fort Myers, FL. As you can see, we had a very good time. Learning is always fun.
Some of the Pen Women of Southwest Florida made a pilgrimage on Valentine’s Day to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The museum houses the largest collection of this surreal surrealist’s art outside Europe.
Afterwards, the group enjoyed lunch at the French, Cassis American Bistro.
A special guest on this occasion was artist Cheryl Fausel’s daughter, Heidi, visiting her mother from her home in Aix-en-Provence, France, home to the great French post-impressionist, Paul Cézanne.
A lovely and inspired Valentine’s Day occasion, doing what artists love second best—viewing the artwork of mankind’s greatest artists.