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Paul Siegell


from M__TM___RE



(PRAISE)


the
lives,
and
impressive


disappear


into
illuminates

the center,

lumière





(xi)

A world
the

burn.
spring.
     The
provoke
beautiful,
outright
form.
and
meaning
          of
extremely
     The painters
did

and brushes
would later

     But
question



                                          sublime





of
their daily
fierce loving,

atmosphere.”        


(Paris)




















to
and
if not
of



that appearances can be








art.
cock      

. Modern
troublemakers. From




(xiv)

The

life.


unique,

charcoal


     Each
of the artist
on nothing,
ephemeral
of nothingness.
         all
with the birth


in
adventure:









     I started





. Painting
the very breath of
becomes

the work of art is
can be

it was
of

language

curiosity      
– from the abyss

who wrestles


. It
and

the times. I couldn’t

kaleidoscope

. The
the
. My
of






(3)






     On
evenings
the entire history
    Montmartre


brought
cannons
Sacré Coeur
launched:
sins.



                                              her

a village.
private

skirts





other
worlds of
constructing


smoked-filled
. And




city
the

revolutionary


marching
In the midst
young students danced


. The houses of
. The swishing





(4)

swoon,

the troupe

coming Moulin Rouge.
    Bruant
Noir,





                              the poet’s
for Toulouse-Lautrec
the
streets
Gogh,

setting
of glory.


in
for liberty


dragged
of the attack








by the up-and-

at the Chat


in every direction

alive and well and

mistress, she posed


Cézanne, Manet, Van
yet made names

awaiting their hour

throughout the world…   











(10)




to paint.
     She

     She had one son
almost nothing. What


friends thought,
lover who


She
ill.

often



the
might whisper

weakness

the light
                                             to hear





with the
becoming




– in fact,
certainly
a great


nothing
certain

mentally
more

than
was

painted






the painter’s howls when




Source material: Bohemian Paris: Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse,
and the Birth of Modern Art
by Dan Franck (Grove Press, 2003).

(Other poems from the early goings of this set have appeared in Festival Writer and Really System.)



Paul Siegell is the author of wild life rifle fire (Otoliths Books), jambandbootleg (A-Head Publishing) and Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books). He is a senior editor at Painted Bride Quarterly and has contributed to Black Warrior Review, Coconut, Redivider, and many other fine journals. In 2015, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book featured Paul in the Public Poetry Project. Kindly find more of his work - and concrete poetry t-shirts - at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL (http://paulsiegell.blogspot.com).
 
 
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