Untitled, by Joseph Cornell

This morning’s reading: an Octavio Paz poem, translated by Elizabeth Bishop. ‘Objects & Apparitions, For Joseph Cornell.’ Here’s a pair of stanzas to whet the appetite:

‘”One has to commit a painting,” said Degas,
“the way one commits a crime.” But you constructed
boxes where things hurry away from their names.

Slot machine of visions,
condensation flask for conversations,
hotel of crickets and constellations.’

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Untitled (13 1/8 x 10 x 3 1/2 in; private collection), by Joseph Cornell, 1942

Originally published at culture-making.com.

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