An Agave, Ocotillos And A Poem

Agave in the West
Donald Davie

…I think of Agave,
Queen of the maenads…

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280 + days of deep blue skies and glorious sunshine. Enjoy the cultural activities of Marfa plus the majestic scenery of the Davis Mountains year round.

hiking CDRI
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Marfa Cool Meets Big Skies of Fort Davis

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Nestled against Mano Prieto Mountain with 360 views.

mano prieto2Large open kitchen/dining/ living with fireplace. Perfect for parties or poetry readings!



And—look at this! Your very own red studio with bath to write, paint or ….


Close to The Chinati Foundation, Davis Mountains State Park, McDonald Observatory, CDRI and Big Bend National Park. Enjoy world-class cultural events with Marfa Live Arts, Marfa Book Co.and Ballroom Marfa.

Enjoy morning coffee at Do Your Thing—(I love this place!) after yoga at The Well and return to your own studio to write while you listen to community supported Marfa Public Radio—radio for a wide range.

At night, you can head up to the McDonald Observatory for a Star Party or host a private star party  outside on your own 10 beautiful acres of grasslands looking out toward the domes of the observatory.

Call  Pat at Marfa Realty (432) 729-3962 for more information or for a showing.

Poetry at the Post: Ganesha Finds A Home in Marfa, TX

Ganesh by R. N. CURREY

Ganesha, Ganopathi, Gannanata
The Elephant Head, the Ivory Tusked, the Fat,
the Long-Nosed and the Rider on the Rat;

Ganesha at The Well in Marfa, TX
Ganesha at The Well in Marfa, TX

As the god of new beginnings, Ganesha is my favorite of the five Hindu deities.  From time to time, we all need to begin again or at least refresh our inner selves so when a call when out to bring back a Hindu god from India for The Well in Marfa, TX, I knew which one it would be.

I found this Ganehsa in Jaipur where he was lovingly packaged in bubble wrap for his long trip via Dubai toTexas. Gracias a Dios! Ganesha arrived safely and is now serenely installed in his new place of honor.

If you happen to be out in Marfa and are looking for some wisdom and inspiration, come to The Well. It’s a great space. Check it out.

Ganesha getting ready to throw his lotus. Basohli miniature, circa 1730. National Museum, New Delhi.
Ganesha getting ready to throw his lotus. Basohli miniature, circa 1730. National Museum, New Delhi.

How Ganesha got the head of an elephant is a mystery although the most familiar legend is the one where Shiva cuts off Ganesha’s head to gain access to Parvati.  Then, to soothe poor distraught Parvati, who had created Ganesha out of her own body, Shiva had to find a replacement head for Ganesha. Volia! An elephant. You can read more here. 

“Colchester town center”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

But who was R. N. Currey, our featured poet for today?  Born in South Africa, Currey was a schoolmaster at the Royal Grammar School, Colchester, for 40 years, yet he was still regarded as more a South African poet than an English one.

Poetry at the Post, Day 4: Dante’s Inferno

May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014
May 26, 2014

This morning I picked up Mary Jo Bang’s contemporary version of Dante’s Inferno and took it to the post. I let the wind select the passage.

I ended up on page 74, deep in mud and in the 5th level of hell. This is place reserved for those who lived sullen or angry lives.

I was standing there staring
At a swamp of naked people covered in mud,
All of whom looked as if they were furious.

What I love about Dante is that he reels me into this fantastic journey down into the depths of hell but I end up in the innards of my own life—and how I live it. I must admit. I struggle with anger. Fortunately, there are ways put it aside. For me, it is with yoga.

So, today I give thanks for The Well and Prana Yoga. If you find yourself in Marfa, Texas or Oaxaca, Mexico, check them out. They are both very special places.

*We’ll be will be reading Dante’s Purgatorio in the virtual literary salon. Date: TBD. Visit the The Global Reading Group tab more more information. Anyone have a favorite translation?