Frank McEntire’s “And No Birds Sing”

A couple of weeks ago Alex C. and I drove to Salt Lake to see Frank’s latest show at the Nox Gallery, its title inspired by chapter 8 of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, the chapter’s own title drawn from Keats “La Belle Dame Sans Merci.”

Ecological devastation catalyzed by human greed and avaricious technology will leave us, finally, only sacred mementos: memento mori

Frank finds and exhibits instruments, beautiful in design, that are themselves “sans merci.”

We worship at the altars of our death-dealing accounting books.

Frank works and reworks Rachel Carson’s pages in homage and through his striking visual commentary.

And I add Spinoza’s “Deus, sive Natura”

and John Keats’

Ah, what can ail thee, wretched wight,
  Alone and palely loitering;
The sedge is withered from the lake, 
  And no birds sing.

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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