The Most Important Cup of the Day

Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches by Sarah Atlee.Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches by Sarah Atlee

"Shogun," you ask? No, that’s not a typo. The object peeking down from the top of the composition is a worn paperback copy of Shogun by James Clavell that I was reading at breakfast that day.

This image represents one of many breakfasts I ate between 4:45 and 5:15 a.m. before heading off to work at a previous job. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am so very glad I don't have to do that anymore. But hey, my day still starts with coffee!

And what goes better with coffee than poetry?

Presenting To Some Coffee Cups I Have Known (An Excerpt)

Dear Center for Quality and Applied Statistics,

What you were doing in the art building I'll never know. Unclear origins enhance your misplaced charm. I nicked you from atop a mobile coatrack outside a cleared meeting room and the rest is history.

Eminently utilitarian you seem more cup than the others.

Dear He Man / Skeletor vessel made by 2004-05 ceramic artist-in-residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology School of American Craft (traded for small silverpoint drawing on found wood block),

If you had a handle I'd use you more.

Dear Sanctuario de Chimayo souvenir,

(broken) You cannot be healed still I cherish your best part.

No, thank you. Thank you.

See Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun in Person

Breakfast: Peaches, Coffee, Shogun will be available for purchase in February 2015 at Ro2 Art in Dallas. Join us at For Real featuring Sarah Atlee and James Zamora. Contact Ro2 Art for more details.

UPDATE: For Real has been reviewed by Jenny Block for The Huffington Post! Read the full review here: "A Hyperrealism That Questions Reality With James Zamora and Sarah Atlee at RO2 Art"