Thursday, November 22, 2012

MARIA WALKER: FIVE POEMS FOR AND FROM THE STUDIO


Five Poems for and from the Studio

A stretcher A shelf A sled A ladder

Painting says I can
stand on my own, see

work see wait
look work see

wrong

look and there
wait work

work space
look

Hello.

Painting, we hang up your coat of canvas
today you are standing wood.

The Shaker Room at the Met

“ultility, neatness, simplicity, perfection

pine, cherry, maple, beech, cedar

Blanket chest
Boxes
Hangers
Candlestand
Side chairs
Work stand
Revolving chair
Sconce
Candlesticks
Bed
Work table
Spool stand
Rocking chair
Sewing steps
Stove, shovel, tongs
Wash stand
Looking glass (cedar, maple)
Towel rack”

What are the Materials of Painting?

There is the wood.
There is the cloth.
There is the paint.

There is the water,
the staples,
the wood scraps, screws and glue.
There are the tools—
hammer, pliers, jars, drill, plastic, arms.


Wise Object (Talking to a Tough Painting)

Ladder, what? What? What?
What? What? What? What?


The Studio Window

The studio
window brings
light and
night to
the studio.


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