Wayzata, Minnesota

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Mag - 157

"The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that they are not mended again."

"Where do I begin?" - Salvador Dali


Venus de Milo with Drawers, 1936, Salvador Dali
Image posted by Tess Kincaid
for Magpie Tales

A ravage fire spread through Salvador Dali, from the moment he first saw her.  He fell rapidly under the bewitching charms of
Venus de Milo.

...and so he began to work.


 Salvador Dali,
hungered by her alien nature
crazed by torture
and the swelling fullness
of her naked bosom.
Dali, duly crushed by the very
and emptiness
of no arms to caress him.

Obsessed was he
forlorn Dali
to shape
 this strange malady
we shall forever see.
How dare he
by summing his misfortune
shelving her complexities
in cube-like drawers
for all to see,
that we'd agree?

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anthonynorth said...

Excellent words on Dali.

Laurie Kolp said...

Enjoyed this, Karen... especially the final question.

Cloudia said...

Wow! Great quotes & a tour De force!

JJ said...

Dali is one of my favorites. I have some good material because the Dali Museum is located here in Florida.

izzy said...

Interesting, Dali is a strange artist- at least he did not bend
and warp her! thanks.

Kutamun said...

He must have been referring to anglo saxon western society with this one, because his own Goddess would have had many arms , i think, Dalis Durga . Or sometimes Kali and Dali !. Cheers mate

Other Mary said...

"How dare he/ fathom/ by summing his misfortune/ and/ shelving her complexities/ in cube-like drawers
for all to see/ that we'd agree?"

This is stellar. It really grabs me, especially when you phrase it as, How dare he..."

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

If you keep trying to show proof of the existence of the stone statue cult, you may find yourself buried in pigeon poop in the not too distant future.

Little Nell said...

Shelving her complexities? Yes, that's what he did all right. Nicely put Karen.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I love "shelving her complexities". Great!

Karen S. said...

Mary - thank you, because that sums up my real opinion of his work, really. It kind of surprises me that a man that was so taken by this statue could create what he did really!

Karen S. said...

Little Nell- I know - how dare he, say I!!

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Very nice blog post Karen!!

Greetings from the Netherlands,

Tess Kincaid said...

I like how you focused on Dali...nice...

Sue said...

Interesting take on this one. I especially liked this part:

"shelving her complexities
in cube-like drawers."


Jenny said...

I loved that quote!

And your superb visualization here!


Rambly T said...

How wonderfully expressed Karen. I adored the 1st Stanza especially.