A poem a day in April from Rutgers English PhD students and friends.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

from _Fragmentary Ekphrases Based On Paintings Made By Monkeys_


















“The second half of the 1950s was a golden age for monkey artists.”
—Thierry Lenain, Monkey Painting (1997)





[A white gauche on black paper; by Bozo, a chimpanzee]


To cut the air with
                                    a different axis.

               To say:
mark my words.
    
                                    To say: mirror
me
.

          To fly
                              on an
echo,
                  on its folded edge.

To fly

                  forth
                                    on an

earful of symmetry.

2 comments:

  1. HQ Ekphrasis! - No monkey business.

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  2. The ekphrasis sorta become a Rorschach test with a painting like that!

    Maybe ekphrasis is always a Rorschach test.

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