An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

I’ve been obsessed with this painting by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97) for the last few weeks. I love the use of chiaroscuro in general, and I love how Wright has used it to deify the scientific experiment. I’ve also been reading Boynton’s Beginnings of Modern Science, a collection of the early letters and essays showing the development of major scientific fields of study. I am always in awe of our curiosity and ingenuity as a species.

This poem is also dedicated to Artschaft, whose excellent art criticism has exposed me to lots of new art and artists. I encourage you to have a look at her work.


An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump


And Boyle said let there be the element

primitive and perfectly unmingled body

made of no others nor of each other mixt

of one and only one kind making all things.

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Tagore’s Fireflies

Tagore Study 1

I’ve been doing some studies of Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) while reading his book of short poems, Fireflies, and this is the first one that I really liked, so I decided to pair it with one of the poems from his book. The style I was going for was partly influenced by his signature. I wish I could read his work in its original Bengali, because I’ve read it’s even more striking and melodious.

“This is the essence of all plants, to live by one’s roots alone.”

The Redwood Book Cover (Front NEW)Hello all. As you know, The Redwoodor A Tall Tale is currently available in eBook and Paperback through I’ve recently designed a new cover for this satirical fairy tale about global capitalism. I liked the concept for the original cover, but the actual design itself, and the color scheme, wasn’t my favorite. I complained to the art designer, myself, and went back to the Photoshop drawing board. Since we must always judge books by their covers, I’ve come up with a new one that I’m much happier with. I hope you enjoy it, too, and again, thanks for reading.