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from PORTRAITS OF THE ARTISTS AS THEIR OWN SUBJECTS

Mike Lala

Time came          she hauled her figures
from the water:                      her children

off the wall                              and began (again)

stretching: The women / in her life
in a field / of violet // oiled / bearing

teeth / under     each other's skin.

Now she doesn't paint:         two jobs
husband / the hood of a silver Jaguar.

Two monks above him // a desperate
holding down.

 

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There's    a void               boring through

the faces on Jonathan's canvases
his subjects in ink and coffee

opening:             black brush strokes.

Above the white cabinets in his kitchen
generics / two cowboys

horses / in taupe / faces / in black / mother
Mary / in black / her torso

opening:             beside her, the child

lifting off:           black brush strokes.

 

 

 

 

 


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With Portraits, I'm thinking about what it means in poetry to have a subject (the poet's "I" is one example) and how a subject manifests itself in a painter's (or any other artist's) work. The extent to which assumed or dictated (auto)biography and experience, and more importantly the human figure, come into play in different art forms is of much interest to me, especially in [an industrial and post-industrial era].