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Pictures at an Exhibition

Today I visited the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy.

There were over a thousand exhibits and installations. A long, lazy, late lunch was needed and enjoyed afterwards.

I love art, but I am no expert and certainly cannot claim to know any more than liking what I like. Nevertheless here are three of my favourites from the day.

This is by Eileen Cooper. I could have chosen any of hers on display there. I had not seen her work before today. She is now a new adored artist.

 

The colours in this painting by John Wragg are striking, as is the girl with her look of haughty, bored disdain.

 

 

As regular readers may know, I particularly enjoy figurative art – particularly portraying women. However, this by Suzanne Moxhay caught my attention with its wonderful other-worldliness.

 

It was a good day.

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Art © those artists named above

(apologies to Mussorgsky for the theft of the title for this post. I am sure he won’t mind)

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Art, Still Life

 

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Dream of paradise

 

Tonight

when I dream

of paradise

there will be pirates

and thieves

full sails

and deep seas

tall ships

and mutiny

adventure

and destiny.

 

Tonight

when I dream

of paradise

you will be

the treasure

I am buried in.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art (I believe) by Vincent Tanguay (Saint-Genesis). Please let me know if I am mistaken.

 

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Poetry, Still Life

 

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The girl in the photograph

Felicity Jones by Mark Abrahams

 

The girl in the photograph

The girl in the photograph
is swagger and poise
shyness and hope
uncertainty and strength

The girl in the photograph
is desire and fear
softness and style
fantasy and real

The girl in the photograph
is hunger and joy
knowledge and warmth
rebellion and love

The girl in the photograph
is danger and sex
promise and dreams
intelligence and wild

The girl in the photograph
is not mine
but I wish
she was

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

The photograph here is the stunning English actress Felicity Jones (a long-term crush), and was taken by Mark Abrahams for © GQ Magazine in 2014. Since I posted this a while back she has found much deserved fame in the Star Wars franchise. The poem is not about her.

This is not one of my new ones – I think I first posted it three years ago, but I hope you enjoy. Sometimes I see a girl in a photograph…..

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2017 in Poetry, Still Life

 

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Descent

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This rain will never end.

It hurtles towards the ground in urgent lines of hissing, insistent, driving, silver sorrow.  The swollen sky is fat with threatening thunder and lit by livid flashes of ill-tempered lightning.

The pious are building desperate arks amongst the sodden ruins of their bruised, spoiled, pointless summer.  The make up on the faces of the carnival children is streaked and sad.

The hair on the pretty girls is hanging lank and wet on their white skinned shoulders, their cotton dresses are clinging to their sun-starved legs.  Boys without purpose suck on damp cigarettes and watch the flood from beneath noisy, dripping, green trees.

I will drink my red wine and imagine myself beneath a friendly blue sky where the sun is hot and constant and where the sea gently nudges the fishing boats as they rest for the day.

I will try not to let this miserable, grey, tiresome beast of a depression that the cruel rain has ushered in wrestle me down into muddy brown puddles of chilly despair.

I will try, but as a sickly evening light seeps into the greyness, I can already feel its dark, slippery, familiar weight descending upon me.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Photo by Deniz Senyesil

This is not new. I wrote it some years ago in a miserable summer. Not unlike this one.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Still Life

 

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Filling my summer

Art by Marcos Beccari

Filling my summer

 

The days have lengthened out,

strung from the first stirrings

of tireless birds woken by dawn

to the dark shapes of bats,

soundlessly haunting the dusk.

 

My body has stretched out,

relaxed by the light filled hours,

touched warm by the sun’s rays

and moving easy to the music

of you

filling my summer.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Marcos Beccari

I wrote this about two years ago. It is summer here (in its usual pale, damp, dull English way) so the poem has emerged once more.

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2017 in Poetry, Still Life

 

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Wish it

 

If I could wish

hot summer

and you

bare-legged

short dress

high heels

cool room

brass bed

white sheets

hair wild

body mine

then I would

wish it

right now.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Annick Bouvattier

 

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2017 in D/s, Poetry, Still Life

 

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Call me when you’re sober

Call me when you’re sober.

How many times have you wanted to say that to someone?

This is one of my ‘songs I like, but you might not have heard’.

I could have chosen any Evanescence track. I have enjoyed them since their first album ‘Fallen’ in 2003, though they were formed as far back as 1995. Delightfully gothic, and led by Amy Lee’s powerful and emotional vocals and piano they are one of my bands of choice when all I want to do is put on headphones, turn up the volume, and feel dark.

They are not all driving guitars and pounding rhythm. Tracks like Good Enough are haunting and beautiful.

I have chosen ‘Call me when you’re sober’ (from the album The Open Door) because the sentiment might resonate with some readers. And partly because it is one of their more accessible songs. They are not to everyone’s taste, but I hope you enjoy.

Oh, and play it loud.

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Song written © by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo, and performed by Evanescence

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Posted by on August 5, 2017 in Music

 

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