Literature and Art

For people who read and enjoy good literature--literary classics or literary contemporary and like to make art about it.  Using literature as inspiration for our art.  Also for people interested in writing letters about literature.  This is also a meeting place for The New Arzamas Literary Circle, which is dedicated to writing creative letters on literary topics. 

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Handmade Ezra Pound (Ezruckus Poundamonium) paper doll for a series of skits in which E.P is the main star. --Theresa Williams



Automatic writing by Nancy Bell Scott.



One of a set of cards made while contemplating the poet Theodore Roethke.  On November 12, Roethke suffered the first of what was to be many mental episodes.  It happened in the cold Michigan woods, and he described the experience as having a "secret" revealed to him, which he said was the secret of "Nijinsky."  Nijinsky was a famous ballet dancer who was institutionalized for schizophrenia.  With your permission, I'd like to post your artwork at my blog:  The Letter Project.   I'm also looking for letters about literature and creativity.  All works from the blog have gone through the postal system.

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Started by Theresa Ann Aleshire Williams. Last reply by Lisa Harchenko Oct 31, 2015. 3 Replies

The Arzamas Literary Circle: The Arzamas Literary Circle shall be dedicated to the personal letter which might take the form of a mosaic, with snatches of poetry, word play, witticisms, and personal…Continue

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Literature and Art

Started by Alfonso Filieri. Last reply by Theresa Ann Aleshire Williams Jul 12, 2011. 1 Reply

 gentili Signori poeti e artisti visivi, sono felice di far parte di questo gruppo.Ecco il perchè.Da sempre il mio lavoro cammina tra immagine e parola.Testo e materia visiva.Poesia e carta dipinta…Continue

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Comment by Guido Vermeulen on May 9, 2012 at 3:56am


Small detail they forget to mention on Wikipedia.

Major work of MT is «AFTER RUSSIA», poems in exile she wrote in France.

She could not live outside Russia, so she returned!

Sentenced to the Gulag, Ossip Mandelstam gave her his belt to close her suitcase. It was with this belt she hang herself in 1941.

 One of my own paintings to illustrate David Stone’s Night Town refers to this «detail».


Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on May 9, 2012 at 2:25am

What you wrote is just beautiful, Guido; I love it. And your inspiration, from Amy, is beautiful as well.

Comment by Guido Vermeulen on May 9, 2012 at 1:14am

From Amy Irwen, USA, I connected this with a fragment from one of my favorite poets: MARINA TSVETAIEVA (Russia, 1892-1941)

The leaves are dead on your tombstone

This smells like winter

But listen to me, passed one, listen, beloved one

You still are mine, after all

(adaption GV)


Comment by yves maraux on May 6, 2012 at 10:34pm


Comment by Guido Vermeulen on May 5, 2012 at 6:05pm

Text from Hallelujah Anyway by Kenneth Patchen

Image by Guido Vermeulen

Full text by KP is «The one who comes to question himself, has cared for mankind»

Image 1 in b/w by Patchen

Image 2 in color by GV

Comment by Guido Vermeulen on May 3, 2012 at 6:41pm

Dear Angela = Dear Angela,

Je ne sais pas pourquoi le monde m’évite

= I do not know why everyone avoids me

Goede vlieg

= good fly

Aflevering (1)941 =

Episode 1941

O sombre dEcadence et naufrage de l’art =

oh dark decadence and the drowning of art

Comment by Guido Vermeulen on May 3, 2012 at 6:35pm

Collage / drawing / text envelope (in 3 tongues) I mailed to Angela Behrendt in Germany

Dear Angela,

I do not know why everyone avoids me,

a good FLY in episode 1941

caused the drowning of all art and the decadence of views

Title: ENTARTED (an anti-nazi collage)

Comment by Guido Vermeulen on April 28, 2012 at 10:44pm

YEP, know the song!

In my collection now:

In dreams begin possibilities and other stories

Last and Lost Poems

Selected Poems

The ego is always at the wheel/ Bagatelles

Letters of Delmore Schwartz, selected and edited by Robert Phillips

Comment by De Villo Sloan on April 28, 2012 at 10:27pm

Delmore Schwartz taught at Syracuse University near me when I was a little kid. Lou Reed was one of his prize students. Lou aimed a gun at a an ROTC Officer to get out of being sent to the Vietnam War. He got kicked out of school too and went and started the Velvet Undergound. Delmore was a big influence on him - he even wrote a song about it.

Comment by Guido Vermeulen on April 28, 2012 at 10:22pm

My long life friend Simonne visited me the last 3 days and gave me all the books of Patchen and Schwartz she purchased in Oregon. I FEEL BLESSED!

Love, which includes poetry, is to science as the free and beautiful catchings of a child are to the vile and unreturning throes of the hangman (Kenneth P;


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