Academic journal article Chicago Review

Wild Gardens Overlooked by Night Lights

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Wild Gardens Overlooked by Night Lights

Article excerpt

Wild gardens overlooked by night lights. Parking

lot trucks overlooked by night lights. Buildings

with their escapes overlooked by lights.

They urge me to seek here on the heights

amid the electrical lighting that self who exists,

who witnesses light and fears its expunging,

I take from my wall the landscape with its water

of blue color, its gentle expression of rose,

pink, the sunset reaches outward in strokes as the west wind

rises, the sun sinks and color flees the delicate

skies it inherited,

I place there a scene from "The Tale of Genji."

An episode where Genji recognizes his son.

Each turns his face away from so much emotion,

so that the picture is one of profiles floating

elsewhere from their permanence,

a line of green displaces these relatives,

black also intervenes at correct distances,

the shapes of the hair are black.

Black describes the feeling,

black is recognized as remorse, sadness,

black is a headdress while lines slant swiftly,

the space is slanted vertically with its graduating

need for movement,

Thus the grip of realism has found

a picture chosen to cover the space

occupied by another picture

establishing a flexibility so we are not immobile

like a car that spends its night

outside a window, but mobile like a spirit. …

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