Art lessons . . .

Recently, Lynda Roberts posted a challenge on her bookstains blog, asking for poems that interpreted Picasso’s famous portrait of his erstwhile lover Dora Maar–the one where her tears hang like icicles from her distorted but otherwise beautiful visage. 

The challenge got me thinking, not just about Dora but about other female artists whose portraits–either of themselves (as in the case of Frida Kahlo), or as seen by others–haunt me.  Here are my looks at three such portraits–haiku for Picasso’s “Weeping Woman” Dora, and for a 1970 UPI photograph of a well-worn Georgia O’Keeffe, at 83; and a tanka for Frida’s “Las Dos Fridas”:

Poor Dora: Why weep?
Your tears like glass shards–
frozen for eternity.

Georgia’s face–a rope
sinewed strands of sun
desert plain . . . brilliance.

Two Fridas sit hand
in hand, heart-to-heart, waiting
for their do-si-dos–
the endless back and forth
stripped down to artful tango . . .

What portraits inspire you to haiku?


About Margaret Dornaus

I’m a writer and a teacher, as well as a haiku-doodler. I live in a beautiful woodland setting, surrounded by native oak forests, that inspires me to record haiku snapshots of luna moths and our resident roadrunner, and even an occasional black bear as it hightails it across the top of my road, my mongrel dog barking at its heels as I watch with wonder. My work as a travel writer has appeared in publications from The Dallas Morning News to the Robb Report. You can find examples of my travel writing–as well as excerpts from a travel memoir I’m working on–at my other WordPress site, Travelin’ On. What more than that do you need to know? Only that I started this blog with an eye toward collaboration. Got a haiku? Send it my way. . . . I’m all about new visions & voices. Best, Margaret
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3 Responses to Art lessons . . .

  1. Pingback: Portraits, Haiku and Haiga « A 19 Planets Art Blog 2010

  2. aloha Margaret – oh. i came here to leave a link to the post. i see the ping back did that already. ha. i’ll leave the link as well if that is okay – my response to your question:

    …and as you’ve already seen it – thank you. fun. i went through a lot of thinking to get to where i ended up. that’s how it works sometimes, yes? fun. and thanks for playing in the Ku-me chaining game too.

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