Poem

I lie on the couch
like a beaten dog
as Philip Mould advances
on his latest art forensics
and there are these absolutely
free and liberated daubs
of greens and browns
in close-up on the screen.
They are of the earth
in a surprising and counter way
to all that sateen, country houses,
rich people by the yard.
And from my beaten dog pose< ...

'The New Maps Keep a Weather Eye' by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Bold shades of autumn leaf – or blazing embers’ light,
bright to extinguished, as if fires set
in hearths huddled closely in the dirt were offset
by pallid oceans with their artificial light.
Are the colours fire-signals to a planetary eye
that, like Atlas, feels the weight of earth,

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'Attention, Please' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Having comprehensively disposed of that chestnut,
shoved it on a skip,
I have more questions to put to you than the Socratic
in our grocer.
First, I want you to step out of those non sequiturs, comely
though they are.

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'Art Detective' by Lucy Dougan

Lucy Dougan
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

I lie on the couch
like a beaten dog
as Philip Mould advances
on his latest art forensics
and there are these absolutely
free and liberated daubs
of greens and browns
in close-up on the screen.
They are of the earth
in a surprising and counter way
to all that sateen, country houses,
rich people by the yard.
And from my beaten dog pose< ...

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'Little Fly' by Fay Zwicky

Fay Zwicky
Sunday, 23 July 2017

My Mužka (‘little fly’ in Czech)
Goes softly but she goeth sure.
She stumbles not as larger creatures do,
Her journey’s shorter so she may endure
More puissant than do those who further go.

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'Black Door with Snow' by Shari Kocher

Shari Kocher
Monday, 29 May 2017

After Georgia O’Keeffe: Series 1 – From the Plains, 1919 and Back Door with Snow, 1955

The essential thing is what we always miss.

Jorge Luis Borges

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'Liked In Prison' by Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell
Monday, 29 May 2017

Walking the streets, reading his books
in the cafés and bars, this was his over-
riding question: would he be liked in
prison?

He was not particularly bad, or good, or
graceful, or skeptical. He reckoned he
belonged to the median when it came to
the smokers of Lwów: but would he be
liked in prison?

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'I was the greatest art potter' by Christopher DeWeese

Christopher DeWeese
Friday, 28 April 2017

I was the greatest art potter
but only I knew it,
photographing myself holding signs that read
Unequalled, Unrivalled, and Undisputed

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'Zeitgeist' by Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea
Friday, 28 April 2017

We admire it because it disdains to destroy us:
beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror

Chagall’s falling man, a grandfather clock, a yellow
cow with a blue violin populate an allegory of terror

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