Before the Fall by GTimothy Gordon

“Picasso lived this painting of tears, blue
as the humid depths of the abyss, and full of pity.
—Apollinaire

His child’s hands
Keep curling, merging
Moment and myth, husband,
Esposa, bowed, barefoot,
Shy-eyes beggaring nothing
(Nothing like the maimed
At Guernica, blind men,
Sad acrobats, tumblers,
Breasts nailed to nudes,
Guitars the shapes of women,
Tontos y locos), crude blues,
Blueboy savior blessing all
Before the tide of washed blue sea,
Before duende struck,
Before the scripture, “Pablo Picasso,”
Título, LA TRAGEDIA,
Lugar, Barcelona, España,
That summer surréaliste, 1903.

 

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GTimothy Gordon is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities Fellowships. Ground of This Blue Earth and Under Aries were published in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Night Company was nominated for an NEA Western States’ Book Awards. Several of his poems have been nominated for Pushcarts. His forthcoming work include Open House (fictions) and an expanded edition of the prize-winning, RiverStone Press poetry chapbook, Everything Speaking Chinese. He divides personal and professional lives between Asia and the Mountain/Desert Southwest.

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