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Incomprehensible Objects--in homage to Stan Brakhage.

 1. Imagine a world
How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby
unaware of 'Green'?
Ever so slightly folded,
let miniature diptychs stand
in sharp distinction
one against another.
Let chlorophyll-filtered light
be mystery ...
Let this innumerable array,
let this singular plurality, grass, be described: "Green."
2. Black Magic
How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye?
Press waxy pigment
against card-stock
and violet-blue-green
yellow-orange-red tesserae
will obliterate whiteness.
Black crayon smooths across,
black eclipses all
& only light catches
the overlapping strokes.
The scissors' tip
traces an image
releasing rainbows.
3. Black Ice
Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering
with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of
The car slides swings right slips down and over
angels shimmer on the edge of awareness
as the driver hangs like an astronaut
head earthward--
Seat belt released roof now floor
shadowy seats are bulky stalactites--
it's a study in lamp-lit snow and dim gray
with a scattering of red--spilled apples.
       Vision slides swings right slips upward
and through the micro journey
we are exploring painted / stained
celluloid posing as glass--
fractured beryls
       tumble through air
among India ink traceries:
the filmic poetry of dissected light
the vibrant music of dazzling sapphire,
glowing amethyst, rosy bixbite.
   Quotations from Metaphors on Vision
 by Stan Brakhage
see also his short film Black Ice
 which can be found on
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Title Annotation:POETRY
Author:Olwell, Jim
Article Type:Poem
Date:Mar 22, 2019
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