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

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

from _Fragmentary Ekphrases Based On Paintings Made By Monkeys_

[Tempera on paper; by Congo, a chimpanzee]

“The most disturbing thing about monkey painting is that it is beautiful…”
—Harriet Swain, “Dissent of Man on Ape Art,” Times Higher Education (30 May 2007)

It would be a mock epic
entitled The Depths
                                 of Macchu Pikachu
It would be
                      delirium’s coral
symbionts of sanity.
                                       It would be
      a raucous rendition :
                     I’ll break
a leg if you
rend me your ear.
would be what one
                                   would call
within the eye
                               of the disturber.

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