In Cézanne’s Les Grandes Baigneuses
flesh once again sings itself solid
where a sapphire river
mates with the hearing eye
Titian Tintoretto Rubens
rise again in oils
from Impressionism’s shimmer:
trees vaulting over flesh’s density
(as Baudelaire sang)
rendering poetry and painting
semblances and frères
After seven years’ labour
he leaves the work
This work is a segment of a book-length sequence of poems on Paul Cézanne to be published by Quattro Books in Toronto in Oct. 2016.
Susan McCaslin is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry and nine chapbooks. She completed her Ph.D. at UBC in 1984 and taught at Douglas College in B.C. in the English and Creative Writing Departments for twenty-three years. Most recently, Susan has published a memoir, Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga (Toronto: Inanna Press, 2014), a spiritual autobiography exploring the sixteen-years she spent as a young woman learning from Olga Park, an elderly mystic from Port Moody, British Columbia. Her most recent volume of poetry, The Disarmed Heart (Toronto: The St. Thomas Poetry Series, 2014), explores the roots of violence and peace-making in the individual, the community, and the world. Her previous volume, Demeter Goes Skydiving (2012), was short-listed for the BC Book Prize (Dorothy Livesay Award) and the first-place winner of the Alberta Book Publishing Award (Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award) in 2012.
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