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Lay for the Day
8th April

1973: Pablo Picasso dies at the age of ninety-one.
From the book of Praises:

4. Of a Portrait by Picasso

Of a normal woman gazing calmly
and amusedly at him who formed her
pairs of hands and eyes and nose. Of the first,
her right’s a cactoid clump that overhangs
the chair – several blunt prisms sprouted
one from another – while her left is crouched
and scaled and bossed in ancient monochrome.
Across the bare stone plaza of her head
large elliptical features move and meet
as gravely graceful actors in a piece
masquing the biography of her face.
He seized the upper hand from space and made
imagination emperor; draws our
eyes like needles through the injured era.

John Gibbens
from Collected Poems

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