Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog)

A. Van Jordan

Because a razor cuts across a frame of film,
I wince, squinting my eye,
and because my day needs assembly
to make sense of the scenes anyway,
making a story from some pieces of truth, I go
outside to gather those pieces.
Thousands of moments spooling out
frames of mistakes in my day.
As if anyone's to blame,
as if anyone could interpret the colliding
images, again and again, dragging
my imagination behind me,
I begin assembling.
I don't know anything, so I seek
directions, following the path
of ants from your palm, out
the apartment door to
a beach. Is this where I'm
supposed to ask if my hands on you
bend some light around shade? Maybe
I'm not ready for the answer. They say
art imitates what we can sculpt or write
or just see when we turn ourselves
inside out. I can't turn my eye away
from the sight of failure. The rain pelts rooftops.
I listen to the song, thinking
when the sun comes back,
beating down the door
in my head, I'll salvage whatever sits
still long enough for me to render,
before anyone knows what really happened.
Copyright © 2010 by A. Van Jordan. Used by permission of the author.

Poems by This Author

Einstein Defining Special Relativity by A. Van Jordan
1: a theory that is based on two postulates
From by A. Van Jordan

from (→) prep. 1. Starting at (a particular place or time): As in, John was

Old Boy by A. Van Jordan
If one rainy night you find yourself
R&B by A. Van Jordan
The Flash Reverses Time by A. Van Jordan

Further Reading

Poems about Dogs
from The Dogs
by Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Deep Lane
by Mark Doty
Flush or Faunus
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
for yam sir: elevated blues
by Abraham Smith
Jogging with Oscar
by Walt McDonald
Lost and Found
by Ron Padgett
Mother Doesn't Want a Dog
by Judith Viorst
Roadside Attractions with the Dogs of America
by Ada Limón
Shooting the Dog
by June Jordan
The Marble Faun
by Amy King
The Power of the Dog
by Rudyard Kipling
Who Is God? So Asked Our Dog
by Dara Wier
Poems About Movies
A Score for Tourist Movies
by Mary Austin Speaker
After the Movie
by Marie Howe
An American in Hollywood
by Frank Bidart
Au Hasard Balthazar
by Stacy Szymaszek
Ave Maria
by Frank O'Hara
Brad Pitt
by Aaron Smith
by Hart Crane
Daffy Duck In Hollywood
by John Ashbery
French Movie
by David Lehman
Heroic Simile
by Robert Hass
Homage to Sharon Stone
by Lynn Emanuel
Old Boy
by A. Van Jordan
On the Waterfront
by B. H. Fairchild
One Shies at the Prospect of Raising Yet Another Defense of Cannibalism
by Josh Bell
To the Film Industry in Crisis
by Frank O'Hara
Trigger Guard
by Joanna Fuhrman
When There Were Ghosts
by Alberto Ríos