At 16 I was a Cubs fan from a Cubs family when I got drug to a “Dada & Surrealism” show at the Art Institute of Chicago. Now my brother says, “ I live here and you go to the Institute way more than me.” My book, “Engines of Belief” is an ekphrastic jubilee dedicated to Modern Art. The www.edrpoet.com website contains famous public domain paintings - Van Gogh on up - addressed by my poems.
Edouard Vuillard - “Portrait of Xavier Roussel”
The Sky Pours In
I believe that in heaven
just rolling the lovely
syllables of your name
off my tongue will induce
a thousand indulgences for those
left behind, trudging through slush or
wrestling their conscience on bed sheets.
Edouard Vuillard, this is the day
that the mottled sky works its way
into your studio the same as waves
that wash and saw into porous
Caribbean caves. This light
rarefies the air you and
old man Roussel breath. Wan,
Roussel nests in a tall chair.
He seems worn, ready to pass
into a world of boundless beauty;
one that, like a new lover,
stuns, murders and completes.
©2016 Ed Ruzicka
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