Poetry by Neil Ellman

Dragon Knows Dragon (after the painting by Shiryu Morita)             Only a dragon knows another like itself the brutal heart of it beating to the rhythm of the same taiko and sharing vengeful memories of villages pillaged, burned and laid to ground.   Each can see in each other’s eyes […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Wilder Shores of Love (after the painting by Cy Twombly)                 I After the river is crossed so many unspeakable words so many excuses so many photographs torn and burned chairs thrown and mirrors shattered on its wilder shore no peaceable kingdom no place for devotion conciliation and […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Departure of a Ghost (watercolor/gouache by Paul Klee)                   The ghost of my other self my inner self, my alter self lives with me, shares my bed, my life as if it were its life a place at my table within my house as if it were […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Selfinity (Roberto Matta Echaurren, painting)                 Infinity, self the self in infinite shapes of past, present and future selves never quite themselves yet always somehow the same as if the self = mc2 constant, eternal and infinite as if there were only a single time and space in […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Andromeda                     I The dragon-night, its smothering wings, holds her fast, its tongue, embered by the stars it eats, turns her skin to smoldering coals, her soul to the stone she has become.   II No escape from this dark enemy, none, nor even the light […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Aftermath (after the painting by Adolph Gottlieb) After the aftermath a yellow sun a blister on the skin of time when time itself caught fire and simmered in its throes before the end the rattle of its destiny from tongues of light a quiver, a yowl then afterwards the sun without a past or after […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (after the painting by Salvador Dalí;  found poem based on quotations by the artist) At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon, and my ambition has been growing ever since. There are some days when I think I’m going to […]

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Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing (after the painting by Gerry Bergstein) From Einstein’s mind a universe where nothing was something is mass squared and light from energy the why of it eludes the patterns on a plasma screen the random collisions of random particles circling until they meet at the last at last as […]

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Poetry by Neil Ellman

Heavy Red (after the painting by Wassily Kandinsky) Every bubble in the universe every line and arc every wave the sound of mourning and the scent of birth every color has its weight— a molecule of red contains the universe the endless heaviness of sleep. ——————————————————————————– Balancement (after the painting by Wassily Kandinsky)   Between […]

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