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REVIEW AMERICANA

 

Fall 2007

Volume 2, Issue 2

http://www.americanpopularculture.com/review_americana/fall_2007/locke.htm




DUANE LOCKE

 

YANG CHU'S POEM 56

 

Piet Mondrain
                       When young
Imposed
              Red marks on dark tree bark
Produced
                The garish
                                  The gaudy
The gauche

 

He should have known    But he did not know
He
Should
Not have been influenced by Van Gogh

Red Wind Mills were not
For him to express what
A man
Drawing arc-like lines
Could express in a sketch that had its origin
In a spreading tree.

But everyone starts out wrong due to their
Following what has already existed
And is sanctioned   revered    sold

Mondrain could never entice
Meaning or symbolism from shoes

Like Van Gogh or an Italian Gothic painter

He other needed other marks,
Other marks that made other sounds,
Boobie-woogie.

 


 

YANG CHU'S POEM 57

 

Persimmons, spare, on a sparse black, knotted
Branch.

She wore
Large, muted red, gobular beads
That
Touched and caressed
Both sides of her neck.

The beads’ contours rolled over the cream-brown
Skin.

She stood not on ground,
She stood not on ground.

But stood in the sky
With clouds for a background.

With  clouds for a background.

 

 


 

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