I just can't bear it. Having had friends who have lived in Aleppo, the sight of the firestorm there these week has been heartbreaking. Destruction and slaughter, despair and s… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2016/09/q-combinations-14-paul-nashs-ypres-salient-lawrences-healing/
I was giving a talk at a church in Oxford last weekend, on the issue of Doing Christian Ministry while Battling Depression (it should be online soon). These are tricky, because it… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2016/06/q-combinations-13-stevie-smiths-drowning-man-path/
This poem is more positive than it first appears. Nevertheless, it is pointed and painful. But then, how can the sense of failure not be?
There's no indication of what specific… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2016/01/q-combinations-12-kavanagh-faces-failure-and-gormley-another-place/
Wishing all Q readers a very
In celebration of this astonishing commonplace, here is a combination that evokes the shocking naturalism of the Incarnation.
I've loved Odilon Redon for a while... but at a distance. I know very little about him, and know only a little bit of his work. So I've very little to say about it, other than to … A Sufi mystic and a French symbolist combined... for friendship graced sleep... at one level... http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/12/q-combinations-10-mystical-restoration-through-hafiz-and-redon/
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and Mark Rothko (1903-1970) might not seem natural subjects for a Q combination. She was an American poet who rarely, if ever, left her hometown in Mas… The 9th in a series of unlikely juxtapositions of poetry and art http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/11/q-combinations-9-mark-rothko-and-emily-dickinson-cling-hope/
Frost's reflection on a wander in his deeply-loved New England has become one of the most loved poems of the twentieth century. It's not hard to see why. A totally straightforward… Frost's reflection on a wander in his deeply-loved New England has become one of the most loved poems of the twentieth century. http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/10/q-combinations-8-robert-frost-david-hockneys-choice/
It was a while back when I encountered this poem from the polymathic Lewis, that master of words and fantasies and reality. It is an astonishing poem (some suggest his greatest). … It was a while back when I encountered this poem from the polymathic Lewis, that master of words and fantasies and reality. It is an astonishing poem (some suggest his greatest). http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/09/q-combinations-7-lewis-fujimura-and-elemental-love/
So I should be upfront about this one. It's a cheat - because I'm not the instigator of this particular combination - the poet was. And it's one of his best-loved - although the s… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/09/q-combinations-6-auden-and-brueghel-bit-cheat-time/
If the last Q combo was a chronological mismatch of artist and poet, this one is seasonal. Today's still been pretty warm for a British September day, so it's perhaps rather incon… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/09/q-combinations-5-kamienska-wyeth-and-winter-hope/
This is a complete mismatch chronologically - but there seems an undeniable synergy here (to me at least). For Jacob (the deceiver) is the one from whom the nation is named and th… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/08/q-combinations-4-donne-chagall-and-possible-prayer-jacobs/
So here's the 3rd Q Combination. I don't know how well known these two geniuses are beyond British shores - but they are true 20th Century greats. In their different ways, both ar… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/08/q-combinations-3-thomas-spencer-and-tangible-kingdom/
So here's the 2nd Q Combination. This time much more contemporary. Maya Angelou was a truly remarkable, versatile writer, who died only last year. I've nowhere near read enough of… http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/08/q-combinations-2-jyoti-art-ashram-angelou/
Have been thinking of different things I can do on the blog, and one of them is to offer occasional juxtapositions of creativity that warm the heart, stretch the mind, quench the … http://markmeynell.net/blog/2015/08/q-combinations-1-rembrandt-herbert/