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12 Bicycle Drawings by Christine Berrie

This Week’s PairedChristine Berrie + Michael Donaghy

Machines

Dearest, note how these two are alike:
This harpsicord pavane by Purcell
And the racer’s twelve-speed bike.

The machinery of grace is always simple.
This chrome trapezoid, one wheel connected
To another of concentric gears,
Which Ptolemy dreamt of and Schwinn perfected,
Is gone. The cyclist, not the cycle, steers.
And in the playing, Purcell’s chords are played away.

So this talk, or touch if I were there,
Should work its effortless gadgetry of love,
Like Dante’s heaven, and melt into the air.

If it doesn’t, of course, I’ve fallen. So much is chance,
So much agility, desire, and feverish care,
As bicyclists and harpsicordists prove

Who only by moving can balance,
Only by balancing move.

Michael Donaghy

Told through Wendy MacNaughton's observational drawings and the words of the people she met, Meanwhile in San Francisco: The City in its Own Words is a collection of seventeen illustrated documentaries on diverse communities that together make a vibrant city. Check out the book here, and all of her 20x200 editions here.

Wedding Portrait by Jorge Colombo

This Week’s Paired: Jorge Colombo + Jane Hirschfeld

A Blessing for Wedding

Today when persimmons ripen
Today when fox-kits come out of their den into snow
Today when the spotted egg releases its wren song
Today when the maple sets down its red leaves
Today when windows keep their promise to open
Today when fire keeps its promise to warm
Today when someone you love has died
     or someone you never met has died
Today when someone you love has been born
     or someone you will not meet has been born
Today when rain leaps to the waiting of roots in their dryness
Today when starlight bends to the roofs of the hungry and tired
Today when someone sits long inside his last sorrow
Today when someone steps into the heat of her first embrace
Today, let this light bless you
With these friends let it bless you
With snow-scent and lavender bless you
Let the vow of this day keep itself wildly and wholly
Spoken and silent, surprise you inside your ears
Sleeping and waking, unfold itself inside your eyes
Let its fierceness and tenderness hold you
Let its vastness be undisguised in all your days

Jane Hirschfeld

Torus Interior AC75-2621 5718, one of our two new vintage editions by NASA. In the summer of 1975, the NASA Ames Research Center teamed up with Stanford University on “Space settlements: A design study” to brainstorm what life in space would look like. This is one of the realistic—though futuristic—takes on human life inside a space colony that resulted.

Torus Cutaway AC75-1086-1 5725, one of our two new vintage editions by NASA. In the summer of 1975, the NASA Ames Research Center teamed up with Stanford University on “Space settlements: A design study” to brainstorm what life in space would look like. This is one of the realistic—though futuristic—takes on human life inside a space colony that resulted.

Rincon Artificial Island and Pipeline, Ventura, California by Ian Baguskas

This Week’s Paired: Ian Baguskas + Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream Within a Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep — while I weep!
O God! Can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

Edgar Allan Poe