I take back what you have stolen and in your languages I announce I am now nameless.
My true name is a growl.
Margaret Atwood

7 April 2018

concave vision - divergence


concave vision - divergence

eye\I see within without
the compass of the angular
into the compression of decompression
instruction
of a graph where your heart lies -

a mechanical maniacal dog caller\collar
left by the bed
to suggest?

as if
I would consider you
in\for the fucking

for a moment deconstructed
in a black\white portrait
where fake falsetto screams & stilettos
are your penciled-in a black book measure
of self-worth pleasure

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after: Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Camera Flash! April Edition

image: The Constructor. El Lissitzky. Self-Portrait. 1924 (public domain)
The shaping of what came to be known as “New Vision” photography bore the obvious influence of “lens-based” and “time-based” works. El Lissitzky best summarized its ethos: “The new world will not need little pictures,” he wrote in The Conquest of Art (1922). “If it needs a mirror, it has the photograph and the cinema.”
The essence of New Vision photography is pointedly expressed in this picture, commonly known as The Constructor, which puts the act of seeing at center stage.  Contesting the idea that straight photography provides a single, unmediated truth, Lissitzky held instead that montage, with its layering of one meaning over another, impels the viewer to reconsider the world. 

21 comments:

  1. The singularity of the Other's vision suggested by beds and stilettos and black books gets a proper whipping by means of divergence. It's a great use of the image and the rhymed pairings (love em) mute what amounts to a violent divergence, the refusal to be just one role in the fray. Great stuff.

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    1. thanks Brendan! this is what happens when all of my artsy background studies come crashing into one big wordplay vision - through a glass eye\I darkly

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  2. Your slashes really work here, and I like "dog caller/collar."

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  3. "And the man with the Golden Gun thinks he knows so much, thinks he knows so much, yeah..." --Tori Amos "Cornflake Girl"

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    1. aghhh! ear worm ear worm alert!

      LOL - the song has been in my head since I read this yesterday, which isn't a bad thing except for the radio wave interferences running shotgun in my brain, - it feels like a stun-gun effect affecting turbulence in what is an otherworldly "zone out" (pain thing)

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  4. Kapow! So powerful. I, too, thought the stilettos and falsetto screams added an interesting note.

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    1. Kapow!

      sounds super-heroine-ish - I like it!

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  5. I thought here a bit, Pat. You have portrayed our modern science sooo well. The intellegence out to work with painstaking efficiency and accuracy; yet in the next well written breath shown that the human side still remains, ready to be released.
    Thank you too, for using the word "archetypal" in your comment because it was a new one for me, with a one room school learned vocabulary, that when preceded by the word "male", I didn't blink an eye. But then I backed off to see how close I was. Dead on per Safari dictionary. I doubt though that I will use it myself, maybe not even run into it. But, THANKS, Pat.
    ..

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    1. thank you Jim - always a pleasure to see you here and of course, at yours ๐Ÿ˜Š

      I really enjoyed your piece - it was definitely an expected find, and it allowed for a subtle (delicious) dive into the layers of construction (even if maybe, in some conscious way, you didn't realize it yourself, perhaps an added pleasure/bonus?)

      and thanks for "thinking on here" - I appreciate your insight and reading of this
      ๐ŸƒPat

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    2. damnit! that should read "unexpected find"

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  6. Hey Willow - I found you! And wow, it was sure worth it. What sharp, smart(ing) wordplay you've got going on here. Love the use of homophones in particular.

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    1. Hey Mary - glad you made the extra effort (I'm sorry about being cryptic about it, but preventative needs must).

      Glad you've enjoyed!

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  7. Wow, very powerful take on this photo. I especially like:
    "a mechanical maniacal dog caller\collar left by the bed to suggest?" To suggest, yes indeed. :-)

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  8. clever word usage (mechanical maniacal) etc. Takes a lot of creativity and imagination on your part!

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  9. You read this picture like a book, straight through to the heart of the anti-hero. I crowed in delight at the 'consider you in/for the fucking' line... Er.. that would be a no.

    Excellent work. You have brought a keen eye and astute voice to poetry month and I do hope that you will stick around in the garden for many months to come. It has been a pleasure to get to know your work.

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    1. oh yeah, I'm crowing along with you Kerry - "as if, no."
      I'm glad you've picked up on the laced interface of the presumptive.

      I'm glad to have found a new garden to call home. It's a most magical space.

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  10. Sizzling wordplay, yes – to describe the great coldness of mind without heart.

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  11. This is really wonderful!!

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  12. Dazzling interpretation of the picture and the probable thinking behind the art/ist

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  13. I love that first stanza--it's one of those sets of words and images that takes a visual and makes it verbal, which is SO much easier said than done--you shed poetry on every element of this photo-montage, and twist it in the vice of your message to say exactly what the poem wants to be there--really excellent work, willow. I really can't pick a favorite line, and others have quoted some of the most outstanding, but that question mark after 'suggest,' as well as the last three lines of the first stanza are just stellar.

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    1. thanks Hedge ....

      oh, I really like that phrase - twist in the vice - awesome and flavourful ...

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thanks for sharing your thoughts, I greatly appreciate it.