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Le Bateau – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 30


Le Bateau – Paper Cutting by Henri Matisse – 1953

Le Bateau

art display
a faux pas expose’
in gouache, fuchsia and Parisian blue

painted paper cut-outs applied with glue, askew
Matisse would roll over in his grave if he knew
that they hung his painting upside down

‘twas the talk of the town
sinking scow


A Trois-par-Huit for NaPoWriMo 2018 – Day 30 Prompt: write a poem that engages with a strange and fascinating fact. I chose Art History and the story of the Matisse painting that hung upside-down in the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1961.

From Wikipedia:
Le Bateau caused a minor stir when the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which housed it, hung the work upside-down for 47 days in 1961 until Genevieve Habert, a stockbroker, noticed the mistake and notified a guard. Habert later informed the New York Times who in turn notified Monroe Wheeler, the Museum’s art director. As a result, the artwork was rehung properly. The museum currently houses the piece in the “Final Works of Henri Matisse” exhibition.

The Fool – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 27


on the fringe
boundaries, unimpinged,
the alchemist follows his bliss

a dapper fool who peers into the dark abyss,
dares the fates and leaps on wings of faith; does all this
innocence intact, not jaded

safety’s overrated


NaPoWriMo 2017 Day 27 – Prompt: pick a card (any card) from this online guide to the tarot, and then to write a poem inspired either by the card or by the images or ideas that are associated with it.

I found a site where I could pick a random card for more of a challenge and, as the cards would have it, I chose the Fool. (Why am I not surprised!) I also decided to try a challenging new poetry form (I’m crazy that way 😉) called a Trois-par-Huit (Three-by-Eight or Octa-Tri for short) by Lorraine M. Kanter.


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