Saturday, January 05, 2008

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The Forest, 1927
Max Ernst, German, (1891 -1976)
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Guggenheim Museum, New York
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CEMETERY OF BIRDS

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for Max Ernst*
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Beyond the forest
the skyscrapers -- Mies van der Rohe┬┤s
visions --
tower
with the optimism
of a war's first days
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the forest itself -- an inferno
in the atavistic mind --
simply threatens
to come alive
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two survivors
are trapped
on the no man's land between:
bird creatures with useless wings
refugees
from the human
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they stare at us -- their blank faces
ontological mirrors
silvered
with the void
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*After Max Ernst's 1927 "forest", Der Vogelfriedhof
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TOM JONES, No Prisoners, Santa Barbara, 1976, Skeptic Magazine Press
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