Saturday, July 18, 2009

Joseph Decker - Ripening Pears

From Poet's Corner:


I SAW the first pear
as it fell--
the honey-seeking, golden-banded,
the yellow swarm
was not more fleet than I,
(spare us from loveliness)
and I fell prostrate

you have flayed us
with your blossoms,
spare us the beauty
of fruit-trees.

The honey-seeking
paused not,
the air thundered their song,
and I alone was prostrate.

O rough-hewn
god of the orchard,
I bring you an offering--
do you, alone unbeautiful,
son of the god,
spare us from loveliness:

these fallen hazel-nuts,
stripped late of their green sheaths,
grapes, red-purple,
their berries
dripping with wine,
pomegranates already broken,
and shrunken figs
and quinces untouched,
I bring you as offering.



  1. Your Thiebaud-inspired still life reminds me of the "appropriated art" of Sharon Core. Her website tells all. Also, an outstanding book on still life is Sybilla Ebert-Schifferer's STILL LIFE: A History (1999). I think that it was the first truly great source I used when I began my research for
    And have you seen Kenneth Bendiner's FOOD IN PAINTING (2004)? I love your blog. Keep on truckin'.

  2. Thanks Willard. I've read the Ebert-Schifferer book, but will look for Bendiner's book. I'll be adding your blog to the sidebar as well! all the best.


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