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THE SCHOOLHOUSE
by Candace Butler

they were not
made to understand
 
one professor
taught with white gloves on
with a piece of charcoal
 
students went to school
expecting to find
liberty, laziness, cubism
 
everyone must find
his own soul, it’s
temperament
temperament
temperament
during free time.
 
Paris read magazines,
slowly but surely
inventing his own world.
 
not wishing
to prompt a visit
from the truth,
leading every activity
and every lesson
will be a curtain
 
which will be very beautiful
and of little interest.

SOURCE: “The Schoolhouse” by Candace Butler is based on page 41 of The Persistence of Memory: A Biography of Dali  by Meredith Etherington-Smith (Random House, 1992).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Candace Butler is a writer and artist living in her hometown of Sugar Grove, Virginia, a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. An MFA candidate at Antioch University of Los Angeles, she is co-poetry editor of Lunch Ticket.