|Leonora Carrington's, "The Old Maids"|
Last year, Daniel Lawless included another Leonora Carrington inspired poem in the Plume Anthology. I suspect he is also a fan. Each quarter when I teach the ekphrastic poetry portion of my Creative Writing course, we look at Carrington's work and my students write some of their best work in response to her paintings. In teaching Women in the Arts, we also look at different Carrington pieces. My hope is that American audiences will become increasingly interested in her work --- the way that British and Mexican art lovers already are.
|Leonora Carrington's "The Giantess"|
I hope you will take a look at Leonora Carrington's work and perhaps these featured poems.
for Leonora Carrington, 1917-2011
A long armed monkey lurks by the far
edge of the table, a kind of night watchman
half-hidden behind lace tablecloths,
his tail an upside down question mark.
Naked – of course – and disinclined
to join the party.
I think of your life this way—observer of
other realms— hold-up like a secret agent—
with the oddest of binoculars—
your gaze that of professor, of undertaker.
How you hated your coming out party—
you said it was like your father selling a product—
and not one he believed in.
How the teachers complained—often—
Leonora does not collaborate well.
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