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On a Picture by Cézanne

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There’s no description in the braided stone,
the pear, the stone in the pear, the birchbark,
bread hills on the snowfall tablecloth.
The dog of work gnaws the day’s short bone,
snarls a mountainside into lavender and green.
In the mind where objects vanish, almost is all.
Element of pitcher, sky, rockface, blank canvas
plastic and vast in one off-center patch.
To copy what’s invisible, to improvise
a soul of things and remake solid life
into fresh anxious unlifelike form.


"On a Picture by Cézanne" from Shadows Burning, © 1995, reprinted by permission of Northwestern University Press.
Source: Poetry (June 2012)

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