Alice B Fogel





"Blues" is from a developing manuscript, Nothing But, in which each poem is an "indirect consideration" (not an ekphrastic) of a single contemporary abstract expressionist artwork, and a meditation upon the disruption that happens to our "stream of consciousness" or cognition when we are confronted by the nonrepresentational--or what is perhaps a representation of the splendid nothingness. (Quotes are from William James.) "Blues" responds to the painting "Black and Blues" by Ellen Rolli.  www.ellenrolli.com. ("Black and Blues" is in on page 4 of her "painting" section.)