Monday, March 18, 2013

The Morning Reading: "The weddings of innocence and glory"

Matisse, too
~ Alicia Ostriker

Matisse, too, when the fingers ceased to work,
Worked larger and bolder, his primary colors celebrating
The weddings of innocence and glory, innocence and glory

Monet when the cataracts blanketed his eyes
Painted swirls of rage, and when his sight recovered
Painted water lilies, Picasso claimed

I do not seek, I find, and stuck to that story
About himself, and made that story stick.
Damn the fathers. We are talking about defiance.

(Matisse: Deux fillettes, fond jaune et rouge (Two Girls in a Yellow and Red Interior) 1947 )


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