Saturday, September 18, 2021

#471 La Bonne Foi


So many decisions to be
made! Do I face toward 
the front or do I turn my 
back? & if the front, do I 
present myself in good 
faith or do I do a bit of 

tweaking? No, not the 
Miley Cyrus type of tweak, 
I'm thinking Photoshop
here. & which bowler hat
do I wear? Which of my
ties? Do I have sea- or 

landscape behind me, 
clouds or clear sky? & 
then the hard part. A 
bird or an apple before 
my face? After all, this 
is not a self-portrait.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

#470 writing gear

An HP Pavilion 23". Maybe 4-5 years old. Shown in context. Magritte poster above; poem on the screen based on the same Magritte painting, from this blog; one of my five poetry books based on Magritte paintings to the right of the keyboard; one of the several books on Magritte I have on the shelf at the bottom right.

From Fanzine #176-2, edited by Francisco José Craveiro de Carvalho & Joana Costa.

Photo by Lauren Young

Sunday, August 22, 2021

#469 The Lost Jockey (1947-1948)


He has been lost for so
long that the trees – once
trimmed & turned into
bilboquets — are now

growing branches again.
Lost for so long that the
painter's style has under-
gone several transform-

ations in the interim. This 
from a classical period; 
airy, pastel-toned. A scene
posed, as if disposed 

by a dramaturge, with 
the jockey center of 
the set, finally about 
to exit, stage left.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

#468 The Virgin's Chariot

Elsewhere it is drawn by lions,
on solid ground, even if it is 
a rough track rather than a
road. Cherubs accompany her,
either to keep her amused or on
hand to push — while the lions
pull — the chariot should it 
happen to get stuck. Allegory
drawn large. The Virgin Mary 
on her way to heaven, assumed
body & soul, traveling first class 
on a triumphal vehicle. Much
the same thing here. The means 
of transport a shiny mirror, the
suitcase closed as befits a virgin.
Yet the perspective all wrong. If
the mirror's right, then the case
could only hold a single tube of 
lipstick. If the case is lifesize then a
reasonable entourage could balance 
on the mirror comfortably. So
what's the answer? Perhaps it
lies in those marks on the mirror.
Dare we suppose some lines of
coke were snorted here, & the
world now somewhat distorted.

Monday, August 16, 2021

#467 Le Sabbat

He refused to work on the Sabbath, which is why the lights are all turned off — the moon gives me enough light to find my way around — & the painting is left upside down — I won't work but that doesn't stop my mind from turning over, so putting things in unusual places often helps as a sort of associative trigger when the next day comes around — & for any person passing by, an upturned apple is still an apple — I stole that idea from Gertrude Stein who I later paid back by painting rose after rose after rose — but no one has decreed that magic can't be done on this day — I deliberately put that half- full glass of wine there so that when it hangs upside- down with no spillage, what else can it be but magical?

Friday, July 09, 2021

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Sunday, July 04, 2021

#465 La Joconde (2)


The curtains open. The summer 
sky takes center stage. Thinks the
play's the thing: but there is no 
King. Apart from the slash of blue &
white there is little light, & the only
animate object in sight, a horse's bell, 
has lost its smile, lips quite tight, 
trapped inside a night of boredom.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

#464 Man with a Newspaper (2)


Seeing several frames within the painting allows that a central premise could be: today & yesterday are so alike a past image can be positioned to present the present in such a way Derrida himself might find it hard to tell if what happened then has happened now or has time reversed.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

#463 La Vengeance


Simplicity abounds. Each
part of the room is mono-
tone — floor, walls, the em-
bossed dado, the ceiling
& its cornice. Only the
horse's bell rings out in-
trusion, & that, perhaps,
because of oversize alone.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

#462 L'Invention du Feu

Maybe we shouldn't go down the line of thought brought about by the ob- vious doggy position along with too much randy baluster, too little political correctness. But where else to go, seeking the meaning of the seem- ingly demeaning pose? Back to the future, I sup- pose, since this is identified as the invention of fire & thus comes first, gives birth to all those fiery euphoniums that were discovered later.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

#461 En Face des Murmurs

The whisperers are not exactly out in force. Just the two of them. Evidence enough, however, to group all rumor into two streams which their purveyors reflect. Those mur- murs that have some weight to them. The others baseless, can be easily seen through.