Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Transversing the web, I came across writings by various poets commenting on some known works of art.  Their prose added a wonderful perspective to the works, in some cases humorous, in others deep and poignant.  The three posts that follow are my favorites.  I hope you readers enjoy them as much as I do.


"Nude Descending a Staircase"
by  X J Kennedy
Toe upon toe, a snowing flesh,
A gold of lemon, root and rind,
She sifts in sunlight down the stairs
With nothing on.  Nor on her mind.
We spy beneath the bannister
A constant thresh of thigh on thigh --
Her lips imprint the swinging air
That parts to let her parts go by.
One-woman waterall, she wears
Her slow decent like a long cape
And pausing, on the final stair
Collects her motions into shape.
Image above, "Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2",  by Marcel Duchamp 1912.
Nude Descending a Staircase by X J Kennedy.

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