Sunday, September 08, 2019

#408 L'Automate

What is the grelot thinking
of now that it has finally
come to rest? Has assumed
the position, as it were, the
one that says traveling is
over for the day. Poses

for the painter on a velvet
cushion, inside a wicker chair —
not quite renaissance splendor
but close enough to it, given
the times. Is it thinking &/or
surveying the visible world

in front of it? Is it reflecting
the invisible one? Is this a
programmed move, a simple
act of recuperation? Or has its
power source drained, & the
binary pathways all dried up?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

#407 The Vulture's Park

A powerpoint presentation of
images related to the royal
Christmas visit to Penshurst
takes great liberty with the
meanings usually associated
with emojis. My communications
degree has lost all relevance, so
have parked it away in a small
box from where it talks to me
all night of the pain it feels
when a leaf falls. Outside,
Mother has turned the Palace
grounds into a croquet green
& now I'm waiting for some-
one to hit a ball though that
final hoop & knock down the
bonsai which takes the place
of the central peg. Maybe then
I'll be able to get some sleep.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

#406 The Rights of Man

You have the right to remain stationary & not promenade along
the promenade that runs along the edge of the sea.

You have the right to rest against the meteorite that lives there.

You have the right to allow your euphonium to catch on fire
you have the rights to any poems that might be found in the ashes.

You have the right to believe your euphonium could possibly
be a phoenix & thus rise up entire from the ashes.

You have the right to be embarrassed by your pattern baldness
& to carry an olive leaf to disguise it should anyone come along &

wish to talk to you.

You have the right to a cast iron street lamp provided it doesn't
have a bulb that works in it.

You have the right to a cloak to wrap around your shoulders
as protection against the storm that may be blowing in over the sea.

You have the right to a single glass of water. Sip it wisely.

You have the right to an attorney should you be arrested for loitering
with intent. If you can't afford one, one will be provided for you.

You have the right to personalize the name of that warning
by changing Miranda to Magritte.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

#405 La reconnaissance infinie

He stands on a globe
of sheet music to draw
closer to those lips. The
globe plays up like a
pianola, starts tinkling

beneath his feet as they
stir it to life. The song
that emerges is repetitive—
rock my heart it goes, over
& over. Then the lips open

& invite an even closer
approach. It's a siren song;
but he recognizes that too
late as he is swallowed up
in to the dried-blood sky.

Monday, June 24, 2019

#404 La Belle Promenade

Never one
of my strong
suits, eloquence. Think
of a fence. Either bricks
or blocks, laid
square, or wooden
palings, up & down.
Nailed. Cemented.
Everything in its
pre-planned place. Not
like that for me. I look
for stones, with shapes
that match & inter-
act when placed
contiguous or even
at a distance from.
Something to run
your hand across & feel
irregularities, perhaps
seen smooth at distance
but up close catch
the breath, cut the
fingers with their rough-
hewn balance. Strong
enough to bind,
to keep the dogs
from running
on the road.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

#403 Architecture au clair de lune

Some place in — is it? —
North Africa or southern
Italy, where, in the physical
absence of Giorgio de Chirico —
though his influence is every-
where — the moon is over-
seeing a game of p├ętanque.

A great play is made, but
only the stairs rise up to
applaud. No one else is here
to see it: the mannequins
& bilboquets have all gone
off to bed. Where they toss
& turn, the moon too bright.

Monday, June 03, 2019

#402 The Idol

Position is everything.
That's why this stone
bird can only fly above
a stony landscape. Place
it over water & it would
fall & sink. Is shown in an-
other painting that it's birds
made from the air which
have all the advantages.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

#401 The Quandary of Painting

You have blank walls. I have
four baby turtles with painted
backs that arrived at Dulles
International Airport earlier
this month. So, let's start with
room use. As in: "What do you want
to use the space for?" &: "What
do you want it to say about you?"

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Three poems from Series Magritte at Youtube

via The Continental Review

Read by Miia Toivio & with graphics by Marko Niemi

Saturday, May 11, 2019

#400 La victoire

The topiary of doorways
renders them ambiguous.

A surfeit of entrances. Few
ways out. Enter, & risk

entrapment. Otherwise?
Follow the line. It may end

in sunlight or continue on
until night captures it. There is

a difference between mazes
& labyrinths. A pattern

to one, the other full of
doors that are not closed

until you try to open them.
A passage is the space

between two doors. The space
is hope. The doors despair.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

#399 Collage (1966) (2)

In the narrows the sun
wests. Alligators hotfeet it
for the nearest spa. The delta
stretches, rolls over onto
its back to burn its belly
& better hear the zydeco
band that bubbles by. We
spoke of foodchains, &
whether it was the
resumption of whaling
that had driven the cliff-
dwellers out of the pueblos.
He paused, pleasured by
a point he'd made, & pride
blind-sided him. The
peristaltic erudition of a
passing manatee swallowed
him up in easy pieces. Mean-
while the moon blooms
miserly in the yellows.