|setting stars 1935 oil on canvas by David Milne|
you must read Kipling slowly.
Watch carefully where the commas fall so you can discover the natural pauses.
|sunset beyond the islands 1936 oil on canvas by David Milne|
He looked up from the page a lot, I believe,
stared through his window and listened to birds,
as most writers who are alone do.
Some do not know the names of birds, though he did.'
|big dipper 1936 oil on canvas by David Milne|
That was the English patient's first lesson about reading.
|lightning 1936 oil on canvas by David Milne|
And in his commonplace book, his 1890 edition of Herodotus' Histories, are other fragments - maps, diary entries, writings in many languages, paragraphs cut out of other books. All that is missing is his own name.
all text by Michael Ondaatje from his novel, The English Patient
these horizon paintings by David Milne are his most minimalist