foam:e
Index of poets

Angela Gardner

 

Andrew Burke
Jen Crawford
MTC Cronin
Del Ray Cross
Laurie Duggan
kari edwards
Michael Farrell
William Fox
Angela Gardner
Kristin Hannaford
Jill Jones
Jayne Fenton Keane
S.K. Kelen
John Leonard
Anthony Lynch
Aoife Mannix
Chris Mansell
Heather Matthew
Peter Minter
Brendan Ryan
Jaya Savige
Gerald Schwartz
Lawrence Upton
Les Wicks
Tim Yu

Parts of Speech


briefly incomplete flisk
flew an open window
bright phrasebook of
illegible longing
a parrot chases past
thingers and fums
fiveground sixes and sevens
soars restless scansion
sky upwards flight moving
mimic through the air

and risen rill parse unravels
fledge fleeting flight


open ground
(always from above)
filmic contours shift curves
under your breath
a polyphonic nomenclature
of hidden displacement
reappears out of context
this nuanced surface
spinning and singing in
phrase and sentence

the immaterial pull
of gravity


they let fly in registers
without elision
jolt overhead outgo
out from stolen sound
intake diminish to
doubtful letter-spaces
in limping and dubious
from a harsh flood
they admonish
exceptions in pronunciation

adaptable to breath
the sound of the sky


in the end though
all those adjectives
just baffle the wind
taut against the window
wide from intake
apart stolen sensuality
in substitute breath partials
that shape the air
delicate tone colourings
and soft versatile diminishes
deflect in a mirror

simultaneous and vocal
the same few songs

 

 

Notes for a day at The National Gallery, London


the whole world
sucked through tunnels
by weight of assumption
from Aylesbury to Marylebone
past luminous jacketed rail workers
for a day at the gallery


56
Van der Weyden The Magdalen Reading
wood panel without a frame
cropped and mounted
like a photograph

Van Eyck and Campin
both painting red turbans
around 1435 different reds


62

that Swabian blue turns up again
in Venice behind
the Doge Leonardo Loredan


61
Green banner and pomegranate
the painting I always return to


8

Heaven!
Bronzino’s cheeky boys
against red flock wallpaper


In the Cafe
I concentrate on a double shot
and the creme anglais embedded
apricots of a Danish pastry

a tour group speaks Portuguese

women chat comfortably in German
over coffee and cakes


10

Saint Jerome reads
in what looks like a flat-pack
IKEA kitchen


G

The Medici above Apollo
(as it should be!)

I see Venice through
Canaletto’s eyes
camera lucida


B

is closed for Building work


D

a walk through


E

the sky as cloth of honour


12

children in front of a painting
Abdul’s top
the same red as Joseph’s cloak


11

carved wooden chests
heavy in the weak skylight
and flickering fluoro


5

I notice the oak floorbards


4

a Man looks out of the picture
holding pinks
his betrothed (holding Lily of the valley)
is in Winterthur in Switzerland


2

Leda half asleep
Zeus in disguise as usual
feathers her arse


6

that handsome tailor


7
bright paintings

I admire a wall
See the colour for the dining room
at home


9

Late Titian loose brushwork
the same white highlights the blade
and the rumpled bed-sheets


14

The gallery is full of children
holding hands
pulling secret faces
paintings filled with cabbages


51

I ignore the Leonardo
enjoy the gaps in the unfinished
Manchester Madonna
(when did Michelangelo go to Manchester?)


52

First year art students
look for ‘narrative’
Duccio obliges


53

The Wilton Diptych
open
beside the Italians


54

Massaccio
gold over red
red over gold

55

Eustace hunts stag at night
his hounds sniff each other
Good thing he was more
interested in sainthood

Young men in blazers on their lunch hour
lecture each other on linear perspective
while the attendant mouths
poncy git


57

a spit-roasted Centuar


58

he abandoned the profile


59

vanishing points
a ray from the clouds
penetrates stonework


60

I am over fat babies and lurid colour
I contemplate the flowers of the field


62

from a distance
Cardinal Bessarion with the
Bessarion reliquary
is composed like a Klimt

63

Crown of Thorns
and a man with a spiked collar
people you’d avoid in the Tube


64

as washing on a line
flaps into the corners


65

I admire all the reds
and a fly mosca mosca
landed on a hat


66

A room full of Piero
Michael angel by the power of god

there is a gallery trail
with audio stops
similar to the Stations of the Cross


On the stairs of the Sainsbury wing
I see the rooms of books
under the galleries

A wooden bench seat
overlooks Pall Mall


16

blank maps
debris on the floor
a boy and a girl talk urgently


17

The Hoogstraten peepshow
of a Dutch interior

an unknown man waits politely
so that we don’t eyeball each other
from either end


17a

I enjoy the simplicity
of a bundle of asparagus


15

Turner’s will


18

I don’t think I like
seventeenth century French painting


21

A seascape stands out
in the bucolic wilderness


20

closed for re-hanging


19

an open door
paintings on trolleys
scaffolding
walkie talkies
ladders


24

moral lessons
dreary paintings


23

with Rembrandt
we rediscover paint
and light
the subject of painting


22

maybe it is the light

reflected off water
the prominence of clouds


25

still life
reminders of the vanity
of existence


28

paint
brushwork
a rowdy tavern scene


27

‘distribution of light’?


26

by 26 I am bored


29

paintings so florid
I long for the shop
flat photographic postcard sized images


30

posthumous porttrait?
Trust the Spanish!


31
Govaert van Surpele (?)
and his fat wife
Should 1600-1700 be avoided?

then Velazques 1599-1660

and Zurbaran
a fragment water and silver
translucence and reflection


32

I wonder about the size
of people’s hands


33

Chardin and David
luminous and clear

the guilottine hangs above
them in my mind


34

Turner does Turner best
I admire Margate from the sea
as I would be unlikely to if there

I revise my opinion of Constable
finished


35

The Gainsborough daughters
chase a cabbage white


36

at least when they paint big
there are fewer to look at

until a green striped horse blanket
catches my eye


37

only the drapery


38

Canaletto again
I imagine vaporetti
the route to Arsenale
for the Biennale

I admire The Stone Mason’s Yard
before me


39

The attendant talks to himself
trying out the acoustics of the room

Goya and Wellington look on


40

44

Akseli Gallen-Kallela
a surprise hit
amongst the Impressionists


43

Impossible to see Manet’s
Emperor Maximillian of Mexico
except perfectly in pieces

an unexpected male nude
his big wet feet


41

Ingres’ Chief of Police
in Napoleonic Rome
in the background an overpainted face
disappeared in the background
re-emerges as the pigment thins


42

A city without people

Corot’s bride
pink ribbons against darkness

45

Cezanne
less is more


46

a touch of blue
beneath her breast
his brushwork


3

in the gallery shop
I buy twelve postcards

 

 

poet's biography ->

stripe
Poems | Poets | Submissions | Editorial Issue 1 | foam:e home