Kandinsky's Red Spot
A red spot fell on the floor
in the Guggenheim Museum
someone’s lost cinnamon candy
or a pill to stave off arthritis pain
a red spot on the speckled marble floor
inscribed in circles
a red spot exiled
from one of Kandinsky’s paintings
hanging on the wall
one of Kandinsky’s larger circles
compressed & boiled down
a red pill you take once a day
the Idea of Art alchemized.
[Russian Translation by Inna Ehrlich, Ph.D.]
Красное пятно упало на пол
в музее Гуггенхайма,
кто-то уронил конфету с корицей
или таблетку от артрита.
Kрасное пятно на пёстром мраморном полу
вписанное в круги.
Kрасное пятно, сбежавшее
с какой-то картины Кандинского,
что висит на стене.
Oдин из больших кругов Кандинского,
спрессованний в красную таблетку,
какую глотают раз в день.
The Red Spot
[English translation by Google from the Russian translation by Inna Ehrlich, Ph.D.]
Red spot fell to the floor
the Guggenheim Museum,
someone dropped a sweet cinnamon
or tablet from arthritis.
Krasnoe spot a multicolored marble floor
inscribed in a circle.
Krasnoe spot to escape
with some paintings by Kandinsky,
that hangs on the wall.
Shout of the great circles of Kandinsky,
compressed into the red pill
which ingest every day.
[re-write based on the Google translation from the Russian]
The Red spot on the floor
of the Guggenheim Museum
is sweet cinnamon candy
or a pill for arthritis
a Krasnoe escaped
paintings on the wall
the circle of spectators
the great circle of Kandinsky
compressed into a red pill
we take each day --
the alchemy of abstraction.
“Kandinsky’s Red Spot” began as one poem. It was translated by Inna Ehrlich, Ph.D., then re-worked for a workshop with Bernadette Mayer to become the 4 parts you read here.
Dan Wilcox is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, N.Y. and is a member of the poetry performance group "3 Guys from Albany". As a photographer, he claims to have the world's largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He has been a featured reader at all the important poetry venues in the Capital District & throughout the Hudson Valley and is an active member of Veterans for Peace. You can read his Blog at dwlcx.blogspot.com.
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