Marisol Baca – we have the attic and we have the moon

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Marisol Baca

we have the attic and we have the moon

 

we are seated at the the table
we draw a line around the river but we left the river out

we cloud the common tongue
we articulate the dark matter into itself

a purple cotton candy
a set of bangs on brown skin
a float of clouds on freckled skin

crystalline cobbled street
cobwebs in the open spaces
spiders under the ferns in the yard

we look into the round mirror
but we ignore the shadows in the reflection
we have conversations about getting to the party

we look at flat photos of deepest space
as if it is outside of us

as if we forget that when we inhale
we are splashing our hearts with antigravity

slick, stoney, aerial root, anther, bract, villius

a river stone so round and perfect that I need to put it in my mouth

a cloud that falls behind the rest

the moon that is a face and a paper plate

We have to have the attic like we have to have the moon

suspended in the upper consciousness

 

Marisol Baca’s artist statement:

Over the past 15 days, I have been writing a poem a day. This concentrated workload allowed me to sit face-to-face with poems that I have been wanting to write for a long time— stories that I have wanted to investigate for a long time. It was a difficult thing to do, but the right time to do it. These poems are about exploring the work of a favorite artist of mine and finding out more about my family history. The first eight poems are interrelated and are about the surrealist painter, Remedios Varo. Her paintings evoke wonder and curiosity in me, and I love them. The second set of poems deal with stories about my great grandmother and her sisters. There are some stories in these poems that I have been thinking about for a long time, maybe even years, and have not been able to write until now. Last week I had a dream about my great grandmother standing at the entrance of a doorway telling me to go ahead and get it done. So I did.

“Personaje”
Personaje, 1961.
Oil and Silver / Cardboard Sheet.
© All Rights Reserved 2015, Remedios Varo.
For any use or reproduction of the work, please contact vegap.
Cat.315-Character-1961

“in eights // octaves”
El Flautista, 1955.
Oil and Nacre Embedded / Masonite.
© Copyright 2019.
For any use or reproduction of work, please contact vegap.
Cat. 127-El-Flutista-1955.

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