"I have foresworn desire...I neither lick nor moan...I neither swallow..." Kim Addonizio's
poem, "The End of It,"
is on Poetry Daily
. Reminiscent of Yeats' line, "The best lack all conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity"
and Stephen Dunn's line, "Precision...is more radical than passion,"
it demonstrates the fecund nature of poetic iconoclasm
. Or, if you prefer the more hackneyed characterization, the value of questioning everything. In the end, Addonizio may be sitting quietly, like Nanao Sakaki's "happy, lucky idiot."
[NSF asexuals, hedonists, or the majority of non-eccentrics...but I doubt your boss at work will bat an eyelash at a poem--if so, sit quietly you happy, lucky...] [more inside]
posted by ottimo
on Aug 9, 2011 -
is a fascinating site about the history of vandalism in the fine arts, recently revived by a Frenchwoman who left a lipstick imprint
on a 2 million dollar painting by Cy Twombly
. Other examples include a British suffragist attacking a Velazquez with a knife
, an installation vandalized by the Israeli ambassador to Sweden
, two Chinese performance artists who urinated into Marcel Duchamp's Fountain
, and a Canadian art student who vomited blue gelatin on a Mondrian
. Oddly enough, the artwork that has weathered the most attacks is Rembrandt's The Night Watch
, which has survived two knife attacks (one by an unemployed teacher with a butter knife) and an attack by a mental patient who had a compulsion to fling sulfuric acid at fine artworks. Other art vandalism methods, including glass cutters, hammers, scissors, guns, and ink, are discussed here
posted by jonp72
on Jul 26, 2007 -