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MATISSE, TOO
by Alicia Ostriker

Matisse, too, when the fingers ceased to work,
Worked larger and bolder, his primary colors celebrating
The weddings of innocence and glory, innocence and glory

Monet when the cataracts blanketed his eyes
Painted swirls of rage, and when his sight recovered
Painted water lilies, Picasso claimed

I do not seek, I find, and stuck to that story
About himself, and made that story stick.
Damn the fathers. We are talking about defiance.

SOURCE: Poetry (December 2006)

IMAGE: “The King’s Sadness” (1952) by Henri Matisse (1869-1954).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1937, Alicia Ostriker received a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and an MA and PhD in literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her collections of poetry include The Book of Seventy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009); The Volcano Sequence (2002); The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998) which was a finalist for the 1999 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Crack in Everything (1996), a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Paterson Poetry Award and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Award; and The Imaginary Lover (1986), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America. She teaches poetry in New England College’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

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Picasso’s Ear
by Catfish McDaris

Fever pleurisy syphilis
inglorious emaciated
hollow different faraway
rough burning always
displaced excluded omitted

Pablo Pablo Pablo.

SOURCE: “Picasso’s Ear” by Catfish McDaris is based on page 41 of Picasso Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (Simon & Schuster, 1988).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catfish McDaris has been published widely, including The Louisiana Review, George Mason Univ.Press, New Coin from Rhodes University in South Africa, and several Silver Birch Press anthologies. He was contributing editor of Latino Stuff Review from Little Havana for 10 years. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee.

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The Mule of Guernica
by Catfish McDaris

In Madrid, the portrait
he drew, emaciated
cheeks, hollow eyes

A young gypsy
boy on a mule

The faraway invisible
miracle of dawn
on the mountain.

SOURCE: “The Mule of Guernica” by Catfish McDaris is based on page 41 of Picasso Creator and Destroyer by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (Simon & Schuster, 1988).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catfish McDaris has been published widely. In The Louisiana Review, George Mason Univ.Press, New Coin from Rhodes Univ. in South Africa, and several Silver Birch Press anthologies. He was contributing editor of Latino Stuff Review from Little Havana for 10 years. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee.