Friday, March 1, 2024


“Moon woke me up
nine times
— still just 4 a.m.”

-Matsuo Basho

A bright moon on a clear, cold night – the promise of winter creeping up around the next bend. Here and there, snowflakes fly, houses are shuttered and lit from inside, keeping in the warmth and out the chill. Late autumn has come again and everything has slowed. Some mornings, a fine, feathery frost coats the world as far as the eye can see, glistening in the weakening light of a sharply angled sun.

Simone Kearney is presently working on a few projects – one is a project she has been developing over time titled Song of Amergin. The series of paintings is based on what is said to be the work of the first Irish poet. Kearney’s first response to the poetry was to create a series of paintings. Then drew from the concept of the wind on the sea, using acrylic and dye on muslin to create the works. To hear more about this series, about the mythological history of Ireland and Kearney’s other work, including how she relates poetry to prisms, listen to the complete interview.

Perdita Finn spoke to us on the publication date of her book The Way of the Rose: the Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary. The big picture of Finn’s work is the healing of the planet. Finn herself was raised without religion and came to the Rosary through a rather circuitous route quite outside of traditional religious roots. Her story is in part rooted in the experience of being a young mother on a plane with her small children when the plane nearly crashed. After this, she could not shake the feeling of relentless descent and this tapped into a feeling of a more figurative descent in the world. To hear more about Finn’s journey to the Rosary, and much more about her found spirituality and the miracles around us, listen to the complete interview.

A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:

Hunker down, friends. The cold months are come and we must all find warmth together.

Interviews are available on iTunes as podcasts, and for Android please click here. All weekly essay pieces in a shareable format are here. The full archive of interviews here.

Books to Read

What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Simone Kearney is reading My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman. The Way of the Rose by Perdita Finn and Clark Strand is available through Penguin Random House.

Al-Tiba9 Art Magazine, an independent, artist-run publication showcasing experimental, progressive and contemporary art, invites artists to submit their work for the upcoming issue. Artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work and there is no fee. Artists may submit one or many works at a time. To learn more, and to submit your work, visit the website. Deadline is December 31.



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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.



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