Friday, May 2, 2014

Corita Kent: “Lucky Earth”

Lucky Earth (1963)
Corita Kent (Sister Mary Corita)
Dimensions: 25.5" x 30.5"
photograph by versluis
courtesy of the Corita Art Center, Los Angeles

The following is from the Corita Art Center:
Spring has come back again. The earth is like a child who has memorized poems, oh many! it seem worth the effort for she wins the prize. Her teacher was strict. We loved the white hair of the old man's beard when we asked what the green and the blue are, right off she knows every word. Lucky earth, with your holiday, and all the children coming to play! We tried to catch you. The gayest will do it. Teacher trained her until she knew it, and all that’s printed in roots and long unruly stems she sings in a song. —Rilke 
Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus, Part 1, no. 21

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