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Carol Frith – Ⅱ

Madonna Posing on a Chair

(from a painting by Diego Rivera)




The deconstructed woman in the chair

re-sizes color, angles shifting in

the light of what she will or won’t begin,

her nursing child unhinging in the air.

She can’t descend. She isn’t on the stair –

a blank Madonna, color planes too thin

to redefine the angles where she’s been.

The child bisects her. Children have a flair

for this. Trapezoids project in plates

that angle flesh from light and space – the child,

the woman, and their flat, uncertain bones

reorganizing space. The woman waits

beyond her infant and her flesh, a wild

geometry of shifting squares and cones.