- * The painting, Wheelbarrow, is by Morris Graves (b. 28 August 1910 - 2001), a Zen Buddhist and gardener from the Pacific Northwest, much influenced by oriental attitudes toward art and nature.
- * Graves named all his dogs and cats Edith, after the Virgo poet Edith Sitwell (born 7 September 1887 - 1964), herself an acolyte and biographer of the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth the First (also born 7 September, but 1533 - 1603).
- Graves, who died in 2001, was the epitome of the refined Virgo artist of nature. More of his work is here. I reproduce the red wheelbarrow because of WC Williams's poem:
- so much depends
- a red wheel
- glazed with rain
- beside the white
- * Word for word, for its brevity, The Red Wheelbarrow is one of the most scrutinized poems in the English language.
- * The author, William Carlos Williams (Virgoborn in the Garden State on 17 September 1883, d. 1961), was a pediatrician as well as a poet, shares the Virgonian tendresse of the artist Graves.
- * The poem, essentially a haiku, enters American literary space by spelling out the ellipsis implicit in all haiku: so much depends upon . . . The remainder of the poem contains the traditional seventeen syllables, if "glaz-ed" is read poetically.
- * Virgo rules gardening, farming, pets, flowers and livestock.