Let’s see: 45 on Mt. Rushmore? Hmmm…
How about if next he demands to be inserted into some of history’s most memorable artworks?
“Wouldn’t that be terrific! Think how many more people would come to see these and how much more they would appreciate them. Terrific idea. Terrific.”
The Last Supper
The Peaceable Kingdom
The Ascension of Christ
At the Moulin Rouge
Young Woman Powdering Herself
Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grande Jutte
Nude Woman in the Sunlight
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
Still Life with Plaster Cast
Birth of Venus
The Cat and I Watch the Morning
It’s what we do. Each morning.
The cat still sleeping on the sill, tail
twitching. Standing at the window,
I sip my coffee, new-brewed and
caramel-creamed. Within the sprawl
of this light, I want to turn and say,
“Watch how the light moves across
the liriope, sharp-cutting in shafts
through the winter leftovers of
browns and yellows, how it lies
on the platter-leaved butterbur,
drips down the fragile dangle
of coral bells and columbine, settles
into the full dark of the hemlock.”
First published in the Chariton Review.
Subsequently published in Saint Peter and the Goldfinch, Wayne State University Press.
Kirk Westphal’s’s new collection Arts and Science is available through Dos Madres Press. The poems explore in unexpected ways how the arts and the sciences blend, even fuse, can’t be simply separated. Westphal’s knowledge of philosophy infuses his work as he moves the reader to reflect on one’s encounters with both disciplines, enabling us to recognize we are encountering both at once.
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