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7 News in pictures, poems and song ‘Darkness’: Patrick Owen

disruption of some of the sometimes over familiar discourses of war – the shattered landscapes of trenches and bomb craters and bodies, the heroic young men or innocent victims, courage, fear and extreme fatigue. Morten’s painting and Yeats’ verse represent some of the more complex images and narratives of war, a pleasing landscape on a fine day, a disconnected young man, ambivalent about life and death; a Irishman from a poor place with no stake in the imperial war one way or another, except that he happened to be on one of the sides, on impulse.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY Wednesday (Sept 21) is International

verse perfectly captures what could be the young pilot’s thoughts:


W. B. Yeats, 1865 - 1939

I know that I shall meet my fate Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate Those that I guard I do not love; My country is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,

No likely end could bring them loss Or leave them happier than before. Nor law, nor duty bade me fight, Nor public man, nor cheering crowds, A lonely impulse of delight

Drove to this tumult in the clouds; I balanced all, broughwt all to mind, The years to come seemed waste of breath,

A waste of breath the years behind In balance with this life, this death.

Viewing the exhibition, I needed this

Peace Day and the Morlan Centre will be commemorating it with a ‘Meet the Artist’ event from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free and refreshments and homemade produce will be on sale. Côr Gobaith will sing a programme of fitting songs in Welsh and English, including Meic Stevens ‘Cân Walter’, about a village lad who goes off to war as a sailor in an ill-fated submarine never to return home, and ‘The ones who said no’, which commemorates the courage of conscientious objectors. Proceeds from the evening event will

go to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), a charity which provides humanitarian medical assistance to victims of conflict as well as to those hit by natural disasters or epidemics and people simply excluded from healthcare. More significantly still, the artists from Picturemakers will donate all monies due to them from the sale of work in this exhibition to MSF. Interestingly, the Morlan has set up a buying plan to help individuals or groups to purchase artworks from exhibitions staged in the centre. So, you could,

for example, have Greteli Morton’s ‘Returning Home Safely’, which is priced at £225, flying thought-provokingly forever across your wall for a deposit of as little as £22.50, paying the balance over up to 10 months. Worth considering. As an afterword, I should explain that the dig at Facebook moderators in the first paragraph was a reference that company’s recent decision to censor a disturbing and iconic image from the Vietnam War. Note to Facebook addicts: get out more, take in an art exhibition for real.

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