Lucky for Artists II

Lucky for artists life is abstract,

Obscurities like Baumeister,

Diller and Dove.

Hepworth and Heron’

flat-sprayed figurines

tangled, tethered to canvas

without explanation.

Like life.

Cubism geometrically right

sans meaning

on hungry nights

of expressionism:

Sir Anthony Caro

James Dean

Clarence Darrow

Stuart Davis

Pierce Arrow

Futurism

Fauvism

tawdry, bought we, sold thee.

Julio Gonzales

Ben Nicholson

car wrecks in Dallas

mixing colors of blood and gin

by the shores of Gitchigoomie

two-bits demanding and demeaning

obedience

a parental dinner-hour

which we will not partake

our abstract-minds removed

lobotomized.

Thirst for realism and renaissance

in time gave you Rockwell

and Van Gogh.

But interpret the light

of flowers in the minds

of masters like Monet

– illuminate not all is meant

to be clear.

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