Tea After Dali

Tea After Dali
by george moore
Some sort of ragtag boat
dripping blue blood lifted up
toward the painted Heaven
blocks the good shots of the tapestry
made of the almost ridiculously
famous and somehow static
melting clocks, above a beautifully
out of date automobile (as it
would have been referred to then)
disrupting the Japanese who
are not interested in the Oriental prints
but in the plastics, and the jewelry
large enough to break a skull
in a fight, and he did, with his
love of the fascists those awkward
middle years. Break a skull and
sing the virtues of the dream
that replaces it. Down the block
out of sight of the huge eggs
that seem somehow infertile in this
heat, the tea shop serving the first
good gunpowder tea we’ve had
since the boat ride up the Yangtze.
And that is where all of this
at last comes together.

0 thoughts on “Tea After Dali

  1. Cool interweaving of poetry using works of Dali and episodes from his real life…that’s not so easy to do as it sounds…only an admirer (or hater, in worst case) could put so much ‘umph’ into it–thx for this!
    A little background helps here (for the unfamiliar):
    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquis of Púbol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989) was a Spanish Catalan surrealist painter born in Figueres.
    Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters.[1][2] His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, was completed in 1931. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of mediums.
    Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes”[3] to a self-styled “Arab lineage,” claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.
    Dalí was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior, in order to draw attention to himself. This sometimes irked those who loved his art as much as it annoyed his critics, since his eccentric manner sometimes drew more public attention than his artwork.[4]
    I’ve always preferred this kind of art to that of the Minimalist modern. …and in poetry too there can be a ‘cross-over’ , i think, in approach, which focuses on the imaginative and dreamlike and is articulated thru conglomerations of tradition and innovation and not just boiling things down to the lowest common denominator…but that’s just me and my own preferences…and it takes all kinds cause we’re all in this steampot together, eh?
    But my favorite Dali’s are Temptation of St. Anthony and the pomegranite painting. Detail, symbolism, imagination, powerful visions!

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