(a paint-by-number picture by Andy Warhol)
. . .but this poem
is not about
of surprising shoes
I would never wear
and also how
in another painting
I had only known and did not much care for
Brillo boxes soup cans repetitive Marilyns
the occasional Chairman Mao
An exquisite line
a precise four inches
hinting at muscled playfulness
black on white
devoid of fuss
how that straight lyric
poem in black velveteen paint
arrowed me to the quick
is why I stole your title
About her piece, What Light juror Christopher Fischbach writes: “Usually poems about works of art are in praise of said art, but right away, here, we are deflected away, and disarmed, since we are told that this poem ‘is not about that picture.’ Later, again, the poet ‘does not care’ for something else. Usually poets are scared to take on another artist in a poem, but this poet isn’t, and I admire her for that.”
About the poet: Sandy Beach‘s poetry has landed her in Italy with Ezra Pound’s family, Los Angeles, Chicago, D.C., Dallas, Lutsen, and most recently a bowling alley in Uptown. Her MFA thesis was written about the lives and work of 19th and 20th century women artists. It was the Outstanding MFA Poetry Thesis at Hamline University in 2000. She has been a Loft Mentorship recipient, and was awarded two residencies at Norcroft: A Writing Retreat for Women.
Her work has appeared in the Poet Artist Collaboration at Crossings@Carnegie, on mnartists.org as a winner in the What Light poetry contest, Perigee Publication for the Arts, Whistling Shade, FarmhouseMagazine.com Dreamcasting (a limited edition chapbook), MentalContagion.org, and To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets (an anthology), Water~Stone Review, Sojourn Journal, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts Archives, in D.C. She lives in St. Louis Park and works in Minneapolis.
About the juror: Chris Fischbach is the Associate Publisher of Coffee House Press, where he has worked since 1994, when he started as a letterpress intern. In July, 2011, he will become Publisher. He is the acquiring editor of dozens of poetry and fiction titles, including the international best-seller novel Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage; the groundbreaking Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, and the National Book Award finalist Blood Dazzler, by Patricia Smith. He has been the Assistant Director of the Twin Cities Book Festival for five years and Co-Chair of the Minneapolis Arts Commission. He is currently on the board of directors of the Library Foundation of Hennepin County.
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