muttering thunder : vol. 2


Muttering Thunder 2015
The second muttering thunder annual is now available for free online viewing and download.

muttering thunder is the collaborative work of Tasmanian haiku poet and haiga artist Ron C Moss (whose work is featured in the artisans’ gallery on this site), and fellow poet Allan Burns.

In addition to a new gathering of nature-focused haiku by leading English-language haiku poets from around the world, it includes a reprint of a classic essay by Ruth Yarrow (“Environmental Haiku”) with a new afterword by the author and a wide-ranging conversation with poet, scientist, editor, and illustrator Cherie Hunter Day.

The poets featured express – each in their own unique voice – their  wonderment, curiosity and compassion regarding the natural world, and the accompanying images bring an added depth of contemplation and beauty to the words.

To view the album and download a copy please click on the image below.

Muttering Thunder 2015

You might also be interested in these pages on haiku and haiga:

the way of haiga

disappearing in the haiku moment

a glimpse of a god

rosenstock & rosenstock

Hokusai says


Hokusai: Hawk on a Ceremonial Stand


Hokusai says Look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing.

He says Look Forward to getting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you really are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself
as long as it’s interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.
He says keep praying.
He says every one of us is a child,

every one of us is ancient,
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find a way to live with fear.

He says everything is alive—
shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive.
Water is alive.
Everything has its own life.
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.

He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood, or catch fish.
It doesn’t matter if you sit at home
and stare at the ants on your verandah or the shadows of the trees
and grasses in your garden.

It matters that you care.
It matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
are life living through you.
Peace is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.
Look, feel, let life take you by the hand.
Let life live through you.

– Roger Keyes


The poet Roger Keyes is an American professor of East Asian studies. This poem is apparently his cross-media translation of the art of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) into poetry.

Sourced from a year of being here – daily mindfulness poetry by wordsmiths of the here & now.


Image: Katsushika Hokusai, Hawk on a Ceremonial Stand, Ukiyo-e

Source: wikiart

From the bookshelf: Hokusai, by Gian Carlo Calza

the beauty beyond ideas

A warm welcome to Eva Millauer as she joins our artisans’ gallery.  I will take her advice and avoid putting her “in a box”:

I am not exactly thrilled to be put in a box as dancer, performance artist,
visual artist, film maker, poet, script writer etc, etc…
as my real movement is to  meet you in the beauty beyond all of these ideas
of who we are.


Eva Millauer: my name is love


As an artist and a human being,  I always explore the same theme.

In fact I only work with one theme, which is not describable as a theme as it is simply the oneness in which everything manifest and un-manifest arises and changes and comes and goes.

There is an unspeakable reality beyond all ideas, identities and concepts and it is my vision to create creative spaces in which the experience and manifestion of that is allowed, supported and lived.

What we call ‘art’ can be a most wonderful gateway to a communication which is much more than what is visible as such on a canvas, in a moving body, a video or a  beautiful poem. This is exactly what I feel moved to work with.



my name is love

and I live the trees 

my name is love 

and I live the light

my name is love 

my name is love 

and I live the soil

my name is love 

and I live the birds

my name is love

and I live the sky

my name is love

my name is love

and I live you

– Eva Millauer


Sourced from Eva’s website and personal correspondence.

Please visit Eva’s page – a sparkling sense of aliveness – to view more of her creative expressions and find links to her online presence.


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the fluidity of sacred structure

Within Intersections, no clear boundary or separation exists;
our moving bodies change the nature of the pattern
as we walk freely through its dense silhouette.


Intersections, Laser-cut Wood, Single Light Bulb, 6.5′ Square Cube

In the Intersections project, the geometrical patterning in Islamic sacred spaces associated with certitude is explored in a way that reveals its fluidity. The viewer is invited to confront the contradictory nature of all intersections, while simultaneously exploring boundaries. My goal is to explore the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic by relying on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, and the interpretation of the cast shadows. The form of the design and its layered, multidimensional variations will depend both on the space in which it is installed, the arrangement of the installation, and the various paths that individuals take while experiencing the space.

The Intersections project takes the seminal experience of exclusion as a woman from a space of community and creativity such as a Mosque and translates the complex expressions of both wonder and exclusion that have been my experience while growing up in Pakistan. The wooden frieze emulates a pattern from the Alhambra, which was poised at the intersection of history, culture, and art and was a place where Islamic and Western discourses, met and coexisted in harmony and served as a testament to the symbiosis of difference. For me the familiarity of the space visited at the Alhambra Palace and the memories of another time and place from my past, coalesced in creating this project. My intent with this installation was to give substance to mutualism, exploring the binaries of public and private, light and shadow, and static and dynamic. This installation project relies on the purity and inner symmetry of geometric design, the interpretation of the cast shadows and the viewer’s presence within a public space.

– Anila Quayyum Agha

Intersections is on view September 24 – December 6, 2015 at Rice University Art Gallery

Sourced from the artist’s website: and Vimeo.



painting light, touching space

Australian painter Suzanne Moss is a welcome addition to our artisans’ gallery. The title of this post, painting light, touching space, is also the title of her beautiful book, which is available from her website. Please visit her page to read her insights about her practice and view her ethereal paintings.

Suzanne Moss: Metta, 2010

Metta 2010


Inspired by Fra Angelico and the ancient mariners navigating their way across the oceans,
I find my way when engaged in making.
Creativity for me is the way to listen profoundly,
and live from that.
Suzanne Moss

it is me you are seeing everywhere


Suzanne Moss is an artist who works with light. She is a former Visual Arts Lecturer at the Australian National University School of Art, and has been researching creativity for over 20 years in theory and in practice.

Suzanne’s doctoral research on the painting of light began by asking impossible questions, such as: “What might love look like?” As a result of her questioning, she envisioned inspirational, luminous, natural phenomena.

Her compositions are informed by the symmetry, concentricity and meditative intent of mandalas, as well as that of artists such as Agnes Martin and Josef Albers.

Suzanne has developed a curriculum of courses and coaching which offers a unique blend of mentoring and introspection. She teaches a form of ‘meditative art’ which focuses on mindfulness. The simple visual art practices used in these courses facilitate the creation of beauty – something most people believe they are not capable of expressing. Find more information about these courses on her website.

Sourced from Suzanne’s website.


 it is me you are seeing everywhere

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