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Xanadu lives and writes in Amsterdam.

from STATUE OF LIBERTY


Bartholdi Pride and Eiffel Ecstasy
Two Giacomettian Portrayals



give me your tired, your poor . . .

Stressing elongation of Giacomettian figures
as high pedestal taller than halves of sculptures
does – mirroring opposite Liberty’s proportions
a model of which is situated before Bartholdi
on an oval and clay moulding structure

topping a round pin

left hand loosely in pocket

as his leg
embraces a stool
on which tablet has been put.

Right hand stretched out on palette
jacket down up to his loins proudly looking
in front of his
whereas Eiffel is holding
a model of his Tower exaltedly high above
his head
like politics and law relate
to art and industry.



Giacomettian rough bumpy surface
as emerging from Bartholdi’s beard
seems to add verisimilitude as if
reality may never be caught in exactitude
and may be in need of sketchiness
and vagueness to leave most of
art’s perceptual action to be done
by imagination of the eye

whereas close scrutiny may reveal
never more than frustration
of a hyperrealism striking upon
rough stone of Ratner’s suggestiveness
where connotation rules denotation
art is born out of mimicry
of a presumed photographic reality.



Xanadu (Ofduchampfame) for Poets of London (2003)

Poet's dedication: Thanks to poetess Emma Lazarus, sculptor Phillip Ratner
and his portrayals of Frederic Auguste Bartholdi and Alexandre Gustave Eiffel,
artists of respectively the Statue of Liberty, New York, and the Eiffel Tower, Paris.


Pictures adapted from Bartholdi and Eiffel sculptures
copyright ©
2003 The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum.
Reproduced with their kind permission.
http://www.ratnermuseum.com

Thanks also to The Israel Bible Museum http://www.israelbiblemuseum.com

'Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.'
(Psalm IV)







Poems © 2003 Xanadu. All rights reserved.
Page realisation and graphics © 2002, 2003 Sally Crawford. All rights reserved.