We love the “Poem” department that appears weekly in the Sunday New York Times Magazine. Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer-prize winning poet laureate of the United States, never fails to select something wonderful and sensuous. This week, though, the woman has outdone herself. Chana Bloch‘s Beaux Arts, a meditation on Courbet’s Origin of the World, picks you up and sets you down right in front of the painting.
…a hint of wet/ like the dab of white in the iris / that lights the eye
Is that or is that not the most marvelous image? Both the poetry and the painting, we mean. Those last three lines evoke the twinkle in a lover’s eye: perfect! They knew something about pleasure, too, those painters, Bloch observes. Surely the poet does, too!
Love it. Love you!
Your friends in fine erotica,
♥♥♥The Camptown Ladies♥♥♥
Image: Gustave Courbet, L’origine du monde. Public domain.
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