Showcase Poetry – The Hobby Horse I Ride (Billy Collins, too!) – By Liz Gauffreau

Elizabeth Gauffreau

When I was in graduate school, there were two types of people in the English Department: Lit People and Writing People. The Lit People breathed the rarefied air of theory, while the Writing People were pretty much viewed as the idiot savants of the department:

Awww, isn’t that sweet. You wrote a lit-tle po-em. Bless your heart. Now, step aside while I tell you what it REALLY means and why, in point of fact, you felt compelled to write it. No, better yet, I shall deconstruct it into meaninglessness. And if that is not enough to send you sniveling back to your misbegotten scribblings, I shall prove that your poem does not even EXIST until I read it!

All right, I may be exaggerating just a wee bit.

However, I do believe that poetry is meant to be experienced, not used as an exercise in sociocultural and phenomenological theorizing.  Interpretation…

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Art Plus – Painting, 1946 – A painting by Francis Bacon

Bathed in Death’s Shadows

Bathed in death’s shadows
Sheltered from war’s hell he strides
Wallowing in blood

Painting, 1946, A painting by Francis Bacon (1909-92). This menacing painting was created in the immediate aftermath of World War II.

The work is an oblique but damning image of an anonymous public figure.The layered images of this enigmatic painting blend into each other, giving it a nightmarish quality.

From the top, the outstretched wings of a bird skeleton seem to be perched upon a hanging carcass, the latter motif influenced, like Bacon’s Crucifixion from 1933, by Rembrandt.

In the foreground, a well-dressed man under an umbrella sits in a circular enclosure adorned with more bones and another carcass.

The strange, collage-like composition of this work reveals Bacon’s method.

Poem Attribution © Goff James, Bathed in Death’s Shadows

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Painting Attribution © Francis Bacon, Painting, 1946

Source Attribution https://www.moma.org/collection/works/79204

Reference Attribution https://www.theartstory.org/artist/bacon-francis/artworks/#pnt_3 & https://www.moma.org/collection/works/79204

Poetry Plus – Who has seen the wind? – A poem by Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the Wind? – A poem by Christina Rossetti

The Hills Silent Stretch

The hills silent stretch
Blow blow blow November wind
Chilled the night stands still

Christina Georgina Rossetti, (1830 -1894), one of the most important of English poets both in range and quality. She excelled in works of fantasy, in poems for children, and in religious poetry.

Poem Attribution © Christina Rossetti, Who has seen the wind?

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43197/who-has-seen-the-wind

Haiku Attribution Goff James, The Hills Silent Stretch

Image Attribution © Max Calder, Wind, (Date Unstated)

Source Attribution https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Wind/1096237/4882573/view

Bio Reference Attribution https://www.britannica.com/biography/Christina-Rossetti

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