Friday, March 18, 2011

Spare A Little Pity For The Poor Lothario

To create with passion and vision is to create what one must; not what one selects. Consequently, the artist is always unintentionally revealing himself. If his exploration goes deep enough he will discover elements so basic they are commonly shared and the final product may be relevant to all, or at least understandable. Certainly it will have value for anyone interested in the artist himself.

There is a minor, unintended consequence of all this. Because the voyage of seeking is necessarily an unguarded one, the artist will, in retrospect, reveal himself to himself. This must not be the primary objective; the primary objective is to serve the audience. To this end, the truly accomplished artist never cuts corners or tries to skip past technique and craft. He also never forgets that beauty is one of the primary responsibilities of art; all great art is, among other things, decorative.

Red Velvet Smoking Jacket

Black Bugatti tunneling
Through a lane of oaks
Tires grind the gravel down
Like bones

Silver cigarette case
Throwing moonlight off
Feet that hide in crocodile
Stride on marble steps

Cloistered in the library
Warming by the fire
Watching as the gargoyles leer
And glow suggestively

In his palm a snifter made
Of glass so thin and fine
An irritated glance
Would shatter it

Failing to recall her name
Returns the tiger’s stare
Hunted down in Burma
Stuffed and mounted

Lady so and so he thinks
Perhaps the Baron’s wife
Maze of hedges, Dom Perignon
Whisper of Chanel

Baby’s breath that floated
Over sweeps of raven hair
Bustier laced snugly
Swelling of her breasts

Neck like Nefertiti
Draped in satin, lily white
Marble statue brought to life
Stockings glistening

Seized her
Had his way with her
Left her there
For dead
Pictures how
Her head would look
Protruding from his wall

Alistair McHarg

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