Monday, November 16, 2015


Scarf by Amanda Lee Frank for her project FLORILEGUM: The New Floral
I contributed my poem Tournesols (after Van Gogh's painting), which reads:

Flat, feathery disks large enough to cover a face--
something golden to hide behind.
A child’s idea of the sun, and every living thing beneath it
a radiance:  a return to the center,
to the seed

By the end of the day the heads bow,
too heavy for their necks.

Painted in this light, from this angle, life could be cheerful
but la tristesse durera toujours

Pollen dusts the man’s cheeks
Pollen is caked in the folds of his crow’s feet


get lost in there