Spider Song

Spider Song.   David Wagoner, born 1926, American.

 

It flies crookedly

For its food towards the heart

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  Zinnia in a garden in Delaware, 2016

Of colour.  It will be bound

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A monarch butterfly feeding in a garden in Delaware, 2016

to touch my colorless

Round think web-flower

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Website, 2003, tempera on panel. Frolic Weymouth, 1936-2016, American.  Private collection

 

Where I wait at the center

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 ‘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

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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

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 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

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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

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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

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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.

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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,

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Untitled, 1987; papier mache, resin and white opaque paint on wove paper.  Anish Kapoor, born 1954, British, born India.  Philadelphia Art Museum

Near, motionless,

Whatever is here.  It forgets

All those further places

Peonies, Winterthur May 22 2015-04

 Peony bed, Winterthur Delaware.  Every year in April and May.

That made it thrash and flutter.

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Wildflower garden, Woodstock, New York.  2014

 

It learns those wings

Were meant to bring it here.

It learns stillness.  It turns

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 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.

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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

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