This was my favorite piece of art when I was a little girl. I loved this little girl's clear expression and her beautiful gray dress. I told my dad I wanted a dress like that.
Guys take their dates there. Of course everyone's been, but a couple can feel each other out, by listening to what the other thinks of certain pieces. When I go with my friends, I love to tell them what I think of the Egyptian and Etruscan art, and then the Impressionist and Surrealist art.
Some of it is so old and so finely rendered they have to keep it in the basement, far away from the light of the sun.
I wonder what merchant's wife wore the beautifully worked gold necklace saw. Was she older or younger? Was the marriage arranged? Did her husband take joy in her presence?
Did she love her necklace, in other words, because it was gold and precious or because it came from him?
I can't tell you how many Code of Hammurabi-era bodice rippers I've made up in my head from the time I was like seven until now.
Poetry about artwork is called ekphrasis. Look at the sexy, bold Greek-ness of that word! "I'm working on an ekphratic piece." Saying things like that is almost enough to make people forget to make a snide comment about me throwing my money away on a poetry degree. Almost.
I'm writing about The Death of Marat.
In the Death of Marat, I am Marat, composing, humming
nothing too memorable, nothing complex, for soon I must be killed.
And of course there's much more but I can't put it here if I intend to publish this piece, which I do. Elsewhere in poetry, I'm trying to do a residency, or go into artistic seclusion and work on my manuscript. There's one in the woods of Minnesota I really like where you get your own private room, studio space and free meals.
And in health news I finally found a doctor willing to treat my pain after what, two years? She is very kind. On the day of my appointment my dad was actually late coming back with the car so I walked the office which was 4 miles away and up a large hill. I thought I was going to die. My clothes were stuck to me with sweat, sweat was pouring down my forehead and by the time I got to the building I couldn't quite hold myself up and was clinging to the walls
It's typical of me, to be impulsive and not necessarily exercise good judgment. I just knew I didn't want to wait three more months.
Next up, I think I might talk about my undying affection for fashion and how every doctor gets to see me in mascara, in tights and dresses and hats and oxfords. I miss being in Chicago honestly, because no one in Cleveland seems very interested in how they dress. Ugg boots, jeans, fleeces and puffer vests. I feel like a tourist in my own city sometimes.