good news: i submitted to SLS Kenya Poetry Contest, and altho i did not win, i was in the top whatever percent, and received a partial scholarship to attend. not only that, my girlfriend received the same scholarship in the Fiction Contest. So if we can cull enough money together, we will be in Kenya from Dec. 14 -28!
SLS is the same program i attended this past summer in St. Petersburg, Russia where i got to work with Ann Lauterbach. Also, i met one of the coolest people i’ve ever met: MEPHIS! i recommend the program to everyone.
So todays earlier blog title was “Self Portrait in a Convex Blog”, a reference to Ashberry, which Mark guessed. He got a bonus point for pointing out that the poem title was a reference to Parmigianino’s painting. I saw the painting when i was in Vienna in 2002, and was quite stunned by its craft, especially since it is so small.
And Ashberry’s poem is impressive too. Here is one of my favorite moments from the poem:
Sidney Freedberg in his
Parmigianino says of it: “Realism in this portrait
No longer produces an objective truth, but a bizarria….
However its distortion does not create
A feeling of disharmony. … The forms retain
A strong measure of ideal beauty,” because
Fed by our dreams, so inconsequential until one day
We notice the hole they left. Now their importance
If not their meaning is plain. They were to nourish
A dream which includes them all, as they are
Finally reversed in the accumulating mirror.
one more thing that comes to mind is Caravaggio’s Medusa, another painting that utilizes a convex surface.
THE QUESTION FOR THE DAY, WHICH PAINTING DO YOU LIKE BETTER AND WHY? CARRAVAGGIO’S OR PARMIGIANINO’S?