Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Poet Neil Ellman and Surrealist Roberto Matta Echaurren


New Jersey poet Neil Ellman has twice been nominated for Best of the Net, as well as for the Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Ellman has published more than 850 poems in print and online journals, anthologies, and chapbooks worldwide.  His ekphrastic poetry appears in more than 100 publications, including nine chapbooks devoted individually to the works of Dalí, Miró, and other modern and contemporary artists. Parallels: Selected Ekphrastic Poetry, 2009-2012, is his first full-length collection.

Matta in 1960
Roberto Sebastián Antonio Matta Echaurren (November 11, 1911 – November 23, 2002), better known as "Matta," was one of Chile's best-known painters and a seminal figure in 20th century abstract expres-sionist and surrealist art.







Here Sir Fire, Eat!
Roberto Matta Echaurren, 1942





Here Sir Fire, Eat!

Eat, my Lord,
consume the air
wood and stars
time itself
upon your plate
satisfy
your appetite
for death
it is yours
to taste, devour
swallow whole
the universe
of light
it is yours
as it was meant
to be
yours dear Lord
of entropy
the fire that eats
the universe
and then yourself
extinguished
in the midnight ashes
of the gods.
L’unité de l’absolutRoberto Matta Echaurren, 1942

L’unité de l’absolut

We imagine the absolute
as a single fact
unquestioned, self-evident
in the apple-glow of certainty
one thought
the perfect fruit
on a perfect tree
as palpable and firm
as its skin and flesh
as full of confidence
as its spreading roots
neither vague nor hesitant
a thing and of itself
when its irony
is more the crackle
of rain on dry-fall leaves
wind spreading seeds
on arid soil
and the myriad song
of a single nightingale
perched in an infinite tree.
X-Space and the Ego, 1945


X-Space and the Ego


In X-Space a comet
without its wings
a star without its tail
the ego soars
in the vacuum
it creates
a featherless bird
alone        
where mind implodes
into itself
in X-Space
where the ego goes
to die.




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