Friday, February 3, 2017

Robert Creeley As Antidote

Judith Trepp, egg tempera and oil on paper, 2015, 9.5" x 13.25"
What's the opposite of Trumpian expression and discourse, i.e., the Trumpian aesthetic? How about elegance, insight, subtlety, balance, and mystery? All things one can encounter in the minimalist poems of Robert Creeley.

Love Comes Quietly (1962)

Love comes quietly,
finally, drops
about me, on me,
in the old ways.


What did I know
thinking myself
able to go
alone all the way.


There's an excellent essay at The New York Review of Books by Masha Gessen exploring Trumpian aesthetics. It's called "The Styrofoam Presidency."

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