The Poetry Daily harks back to some art I saw in Glasgow on my visit in May. I was really attracted by a series of three oils on board by Lois Green called Sevenish. I love domesticity elevated to art. Women writers and artists often get criticised for using domestic settings and themes. When they go against that rubric I want to ‘Hurray!’ When these subjects are deemed museum worthy I feel the world turns a little more in favour of ‘women’s work’, recognising its value and validating it. When a theme for poetry practice doesn’t immediately leap to mind in the morning, artwork that moved me on a museum or gallery visit is there in my iPad to inspire. Green’s 7am portrait is definitely not at high summer, wheras mine is rooted in this season.
But I do seem to be still on a five line jag. Not using yesterday’s formula, but a syllabic pattern of my own devising.
In reverse order Sevenish 3,2,1
And my version in five parts.
The only chat is with the cats.
The bed is tossed. A book is lost.
Bright sun. No cloud. Farm machines sound loud.
The sink fills up with cups and plates.
It’s still early. But feels so late.
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