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Dorothea Tanning
Dorothea Tanning
Dorothea Tanning's collections of poetry include Coming to That (Graywolf, 2011) and A Table of Content (2004)...
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Artspeak

 
by Dorothea Tanning

If Art would only talk it would, at last, reveal
itself for what it is, what we all burn to know.

As for our certainties, it would fetch a dry yawn
then take a minute to sweep them under the rug:

certainties time-honored as meaningless as dust
under the rug. High time, my dears, to listen up.

Finally Art would talk, fill the sky like a mouth,
clear its convulsive throat while flashes and crashes

erupted as it spoke—a star-shot avalanche of
visions in uproar, drowned by the breathy din

of soundbites as we strain to hear its august words:
"a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z."






From Coming to That by Dorothea Tanning. Copyright 2011 by Dorothea Tanning. Used with permission of Graywolf Press. All rights reserved.
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