Yesterday was the anniversary of the birth of painter Gustav Klimt who was born in 1862 (died 1918). Here is his painting, "The Kiss":
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, wrote a poem about "The Kiss" titled, "Short Story on a Painting of Gustav Klimt." In it, he describes the participants in the kiss:
her long dress madeI have not even attempted to reproduce the spaces and line breaks. You must see the poem printed on the page in order to appreciate the way the poet uses white space on the page as a poetic element; click here.
of multicolored blossoms
quilted on gold
her Titian hair
with blues stars in it
And his gold
stream down over
her bare calves &
Ferlinghetti also interprets the painting and adds the motivation behind the expression of the woman being kissed.
Her eyes are closed
like folded petals
will not open
is not the One
Another ekphrastic poem on Klimt's works was written by Jorie Graham and can be read (and listened to) here.
Interested in more ekphrasis? Look for the series of books by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, two of which we own: The Color of Light: Poems on Van Gogh's Late Paintings [811.54 MCE] and In Quiet light: poems on Vermeer's women [811.6 MCE].
A poetic friend, Mary Lee Hahn, it the Poetry Friday Round-Up host this week at A Year of Reading.