© 2018 by Voice of Eve

Poems from Sharon Tracey



Self-Portrait

— Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1790); oil on canvas; 100 x 79 cm


After all those years painting patron Marie Antoinette

and her royal court, all those diamond pebbles

and blue veins throbbing under sweating temples

before the Queen’s beheading—here the artist’s mindset


turns to I, a mirrored gaze, some gauzed muslin

wrapped around her head of curls, not to obscure

her plan—but to find herself—inside the contours

of the body, subject and object becoming one.


How do we ever know when the work is done?

Palette and brushes clutched in her left hand, she makes

what seems a final mark with her right, to finish

herself—absorbed like water taken by a sponge.

Link : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lebrun,_Self-portrait.jpg




Amelia Peláez 1896-1968

(b. Yaguajay, Cuba)


Fishes

When she passed the pescado & circled back

for the four of them

what was floating through her mind—


why did she decide to paint them like stained glass—

fire red, yarrow yellow, hornet green—

splayed overlapping on the serving plate


startled eyes filling holes & all that black

crowded with criollo, wrought iron

the table clothed, the balustrade baroque—


where did she learn to cut patterns for a cubist cloth

ornamental as an ornament of love, instrumental

as an instrument of need, so lavishly adorned—


Somewhere in Havana there is a house

inside every house lives a woman


inside the woman

a bird

in its beak

a voice


Link: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/78714




About Sharon Tracey

Sharon Tracey is a writer, editor, and author of the poetry collection, What I Remember Most Is Everything (ALL CAPS PUBLISHING, 2017). Her poems have appeared in Common Ground Review, Canary, Silkworm, Ekphrasis, and elsewhere. She holds a Master's degree from the University of California Berkeley and lives in western Massachusetts. www.sharontracey.com



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