Spider Song. David Wagoner, born 1926, American.
It flies crookedly
For its food towards the heart
Zinnia in a garden in Delaware, 2016
Of colour. It will be bound
A monarch butterfly feeding in a garden in Delaware, 2016
to touch my colorless
Round think web-flower
Website, 2003, tempera on panel. Frolic Weymouth, 1936-2016, American. Private collection
Where I wait at the center
‘Persian’ glass form, blown glass. Dale Chihuly, born 1941, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington.
At ease even with wind.
And it comes now, caught
By the fine-spun petals
Gethesemane’s Veil; 2008; pen and ink, inkwash and poured ink, vinegar saltwater on paper. Sam Messenger, born 1980. I do not recall where I saw this.
Where it waits
Passe Blanc; 200s; screenprint on Asian paper cast with fabricated leaves and printed element. Bettye Saar, born 1926; American. Philadelphia Museum of Art
While I dance to help it
Untitled (Skin of God on Acacia Thorns (Lips); 2001; brush and black ink and red opaque water color on Asian paper, with black pigment transferred from lips onto strips of translucent tape. Guiseppe Penone, born 1947; Italian. Philadelphia Art Museum
Wait, to learn to become
Something far different.
I hold it at the ends
Detail of Acedia, 2013; stained glass, cut, sand-blasted, engraved, painted, stained and fired, cold paint, assembled with copperfoil. Judith Schaechter, born 1961, American. Claire River Gallery, New York.
Of what I am. It learns
To turn in one direction
Only, only to spin
Red murine vase (detail) c. 2005; blown and fused murine glass with battuto. Massimo Micheluzzi, born 1957, Italian. Promised gift to the Philadelphia Art Museum
One way under my eyes.
Detail of Untitled, Botanical; 2015; doghair, carbon burn-out on glass in custom steel frame. Sharyn O’Mara, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Exhibited at the Arts Alliance, Philadelphia, 2016
It learns to love
What is pale and quiet,
Untitled, 1987; papier mache, resin and white opaque paint on wove paper. Anish Kapoor, born 1954, British, born India. Philadelphia Art Museum
Whatever is here. It forgets
All those further places
Peony bed, Winterthur Delaware. Every year in April and May.
That made it thrash and flutter.
Wildflower garden, Woodstock, New York. 2014
It learns those wings
Were meant to bring it here.
It learns stillness. It turns
Onement, 1948, oil on canvas. Barnett Newman, 1905-1970. MOMA, New York.
The first of the artist’s ‘zip’ paintings and the one to which he attached the greatest importance in the development of his art.
For a last time into me.
Untitled, Botanical; 2015; doghair, carbon burn-out on glass in custom steel frame. Sharyn O’Mara, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Exhibited at the Arts Alliance, Philadelphia, 2016