Poem after Jay Defeo by Miriam Sagan

In a lecture on women and abstract expressionism I learned about Jay Defeo, and her massive piece The Rose.

I’m often inspired to write about art. This isn’t directly ekphrasis.

A History of Syntax

I am born
into a vanishing world

blue horses have already
disappeared over the ridge

and shapes replicate both
themselves and a feeling of unease

the past with its great forest and wolves
exists only as the remnant of a tale

it is not a woman wearing a hat
or even a vase of flowers

but how you feel
about the mushroom cloud’s appearance

panic, regret, revenge, awe
repeating outside of narrative

the painter crashes into a tree
killing the women passengers

a woman starts to stain the canvas
hue diluted by turpentine

like me diluted by you
or chaos with a smidgen of relief

is it getting hot in here
or is it just…me?

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

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