Christian Riese Lassen
The anti-impressionist. Sequence
and depth. Repoussoir reefs, with flatly
vivid Moorish idols,
tubes, and tangs—a polychromatic
welter that draws back
as we "swim" forward, into the crystalline
nursery where dolphins
adore a humpback calf, or orcas glide,
dive, and roll, exposing
ventral patches to a sun
they seem to know. Fluke-trailing
bubbles: legible propulsion. Breaching,
twisted individuals—look closely
for the catchlights, always present--
rip into the air, an honest signal
whose energetics field
zoologists are reckoning. Exactest
flux—the artist's ministry—as caustic
networks spread their crazed
glories over locomotive silk.
Melissa Tuckman teaches in the English Department at Rowan University. She lives in Philadelphia.
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