Jane Eaton Hamilton

"At the bottom of the box is hope." – Ellis Avery.

Tag: Diego Rivera

Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes, the poem

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The eponymous poem from my last collection:

Love Will Burst Into a Thousand Shapes*: Frida Kahlo

 

The first time I married Diego

he could not lift the paintbrush

from my womb

I bled cadmium from interior spaces

yawning with pubic hair, seeds

cactus roots

cavernous with absence

feeding myself with the milk of Solanaceae

Demeter’s teats

spitting out sugary skeletons

instead of babies

slipping towards parthenogenesis

 

After I married Diego a second time

he wound necklaces of thorns around my throat

I bled alizaran crimson from soft flesh

feeding myself dead birds

Other women crowded around

masticating and cheering, but they were nothing

even my sister was nothing

(was I? Was I nothing? With my lovers?)

 

Diego grabbed the sky

through the cavern in my chest

his arm a straight unbearable pole

and told me this was all the love

he had

 

Fair is fair; I didn’t have a heart at all anymore

just something swollen

a girl’s red castle of pain

wetly beating on sand

 

*Frida Kahlo, note to Diego Rivera

The Norton Simon Museum

I am in LA in order to do readings at Cal State Channel Islands and yesterday, I went to Pasedena to see the Huntingdon Art Museum,  and then, after that to the mind-blowing Norton Simon Museum.  I could not get enough, and closed the place down at 8.

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The sculpture garden

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Henry Moore

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Pablo Picasso, detail

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Diego Rivera

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Amadeo Modigliani

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Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 3.20.07 PMEdgar Degas, including Le Petit Danseuse de14 ans

 

 

All photography: Jane Eaton Hamilton, iPhone

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