Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pentimento




Careful consideration shows
traces of underdrawing.

Off-center.  Awkward.
Seed pearl tears dot the canvas.

Then a change of mind: 
brushed over with another venue.

Layers of new whitewash
show the transparency of my skin.

I look taller.  Three-dimensional.
Someone stands close behind.

There are curtainless windows.
Plenty of blue, because it is now.



tk/October 2014


R.A.D. Stainforth enjoys a glass and reads my poem...





Self-portrait by Vivian Maier 

18 comments:

  1. Pentimento is an awesome word .. as is your poem! Off to listen to the great R.A.D.

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  2. I remember Lillian Hellman introducing us to the word pentimento a number of decades ago. As you say, a change of mind, something brushed over with something else. Fine post.

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  3. And here I was thinking pentimento was a martini with 5 olives...
    Lovely post though. I particularly like the detial of the seed pearl tears.

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  4. I believe Magritte used to touch up his paintings when they would be hanging on someone elses wall....lovely poem Tess.

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  5. What is it about seed pearl tears and duck egg blue ?? Ave , Maria

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  6. I like the layering of the self

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  7. Careful consideration shows
    traces of underdrawing.
    Then a change of mind:
    brushed over with another venue.

    On looking up what pentimento means that above lines made sense to me. Wonder how many layers the canvas did take. Great lines Tess!

    Hank

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  8. Tess I love the lines, "Layers of new whitewash
    show the transparency of my skin."

    Loved your poem!!

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  9. Your words and the way Stainforth reads them are pure magic. Every time.

    =)

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  10. When the poet is a photographer this is the amazing picture that is developed. Love this Tess! :-)

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  11. R. A. D.'s expression of your poems is a great match. Great concept for the photo~

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  12. I enjoyed the entire poem but I especially loved the ending, curtainless windows, plenty of blue, because it is now. Those words sound beautiful together.

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  13. Loved the line "Seed pearl tears." Beautiful imagery.

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  14. So much revealed in this quite lovely line- Seed pearl tears dot the canvas!

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  15. Plenty of mind changing but it works.

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  16. Love this piece, just right with the image!

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  17. Very cool. I like the tones of her thoughts and the first-person perspective. Well done.

    P.S.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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