Tree Speak at the Claremont Museum of Art and William Blake

IMG_5532The current exhibit at the Art Museum in the City of Trees opened last weekend. Appropriately, it’s called Tree Speak: Interpretation of the Rustlings. Featuring artists currently living in Claremont, the show is supported by Claremont Heritage, Home Performance Matters, RSABG and the West Coast Arborists.

This exhibit runs through July 23, 2017.





The poem for this post is William Blake’s A Poison Tree from Songs of Experience.

I was angry with my friend;
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
And I waterd it in fears,
Night & morning with my tears:
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.
And it grew both day and night.
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine.
And into my garden stole,
When the night had veild the pole;
In the morning glad I see;
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.
I came to this poem through Martha Redbone’s captivating album The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake. You can listen to the song of this poem at youtube.

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