Month: May 2016

Caps For Sale

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Esphyr began writing children’s books in order to pay her rent. I’m glad she did because Caps For Sale was one of my favorites growing up.

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Slobodkina editing her collage illustrations for Caps for Sale, c. 1939. Photograph by Fritz Glarner

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Slobodkina wearing a polychrome silk scarf of her own design. Photograph by Friz Glarner, 1941.

 

(pictures and captions were found here)

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Modern Haiku


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A WESTERNER LOOKS TO THE EAST

I

Moment of Knowledge

When do we touch it and grasp,

When does the tree bloom?

II

It comes so softly

Then grabs the mind, soul, body

Not to be undone

III

Like Zeno’s Tortoise

Never touched caught in my hands

Half, half, half again.

IV

Knowledge grasped we know

No other way, as when

Trees turn lush and green.

V

The unseen can we

Know? The whirlwind I would not

See but for the snow.

 

 

(Mrs. Karl T. Cooper Jr.)