Michael Carini | Art Journal
Beauty? What is that? – Beauty in itself is nothing.
Was it Apollo’s snare
so that poets forever,
should be caught in the maze of the Walls
of a Troy that never fell?
was it a round of Delphic priestesses,
beating on Holy Ground,
a rhythm before the altar,
or the crash of sword upon sword
of the Pyrrhic dancers?
how could the lyre-string fail?
Just think of that; isn’t it almost a new religion that these Japanese teach us, who are so simple and live in nature as if they themselves were flowers?
Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh.