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Rachel Zucker

[taking away taking away everything]

 

 

Once I said I looked at paintings

and had ideas could concentrate

Matisse was not an important painter

 

to me now less so everything less so

everything important this was

the last show I saw before 

 

What I like I used to say is process

when there were still things

I liked                         she is (I am not

 

exaggerating) bone fragments and ash

& still many countries away             Unless

you see with your own eyes they say

 

Get on a plane they say 

You won’t believe they say  

How do you know someone asks

 

when a poem is finished? I have

nothing else to say it is not

easy no other subject every

 

day a version of today today is

day 29 I heard the flatline

over the phone                         This is

 

the end I thought but it was already

over Dr. Lin said                 Do I have your

machine heart in the rain against

 

the Upper West Side where it is

always night for one day makes it

difficult to paint the rain                        

                                       

                                                 consent?

he said inside this terrible painting

the world goes on without any                        

 

open windows                         in “The Dream”

Matisse takes away the plants

an urn or vase what looks

 

like wings in an effort to

condense the body into essential

lines you have taken everything            

 

away                         I am still alive says

the painting that was never alive

Matisse said the woman becomes

 

an angel in violet I do not believe

in this view I am a bowl

of apples in this view I am

 

Notre Dame in the rain am

an interior am the drapes

pulled open pulled tight I am

 

the tablecloth that looks like

my grandfather’s tallis I am

the white of the cloth that looked like

 

my grandfather’s tallis I am pressed

flat made shapely magnolia anemone

yellow blue interior red with Egyptian

 

curtain fern interior interior

interior the incidental woman

now color shape no face at all

 

 

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