La Mer Vue à Collioure, 1906
Here is the sea as Henri saw it,
and we have seen it, too, driving
along les corniches, the cobalt water
scissored with sailboats, white triangle
cutouts on a papier couleurs sea.
Matisse's violent vertes, trees and bushes,
fields of jaune, cerise, violet;
the houses in town, their wild
paint combinations: vermillion/lime,
gentian/terra cotta, pomegranate/mauve. . . .
If you let your eyes go out of focus,
you could be in front of a vendeur
de crème glacée: citron vert, abricot,
ananas, menthe. Boule after creamy boule.
The whole world dissolves around the edges,
would melt, if you'd let it.
This poem first appeared in Barbara's book, Les Fauves, C&R Press, 2017.
Barbara Crooker is the author of eight books of poetry, including Les Fauves (C&R Press, 2017) and The Book of Kells (Poeima Poetry Series, Cascade Books, 2019). Her work has appeared in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry," and on The Writer’s Almanac. www.barbaracrooker.com
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