The Canvas – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Laura is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write in response to painting titles. Of the five title choices I chose the first: “A Painter Without A Brush” by Gerhard Richter (2019)

dVerse Poets – Poetics – The Poet As Painter

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“Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the painter who dares and who has broken the spell of ‘you can’t’ once and for all.’ ” Vincent Van Gogh

The Canvas

The canvas stared at him long,
taunting him, daring him to move 
sans brush upon its surface,
he stared back smilingly happy,
slowly he undressed and rolled
up his shirt and soaked it in paint,
and frenzied it across the silent
canvas, all at once, fingers, arms,
legs, with every inch of body, he
kissed and caressed that canvas
with a language of colour rarely 
seen in any conversation or
heard on any palette of note.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

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33 responses to “The Canvas – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. “ with a language of colour rarely
    seen in any conversation or
    heard on any palette of note”… What lovely and powerful usage of words. Loved the poem ❤️🙏👍 and the quote from Vincent Van Gogh.

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  2. a real body of work! the verb ‘frenzied’ speaks volumes here. p.s. I really like the van Gogh quote – as poets, the blank page has the same effect so this turn around is interesting
    p.p.s. the prompt requests that the poem has the same title as the artwork except it was my error (oops) in that Richter is the painter without a brush and his painting is merely “abstract iii”

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  3. This is pure gold! I have used my hands (a few times my lips) to create an acrylic …. your poem journeys far beyond those feeble attempts. Cheers.

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  4. This would be very therapeutic

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  5. So lovely! I really love the display of imagery and the simplicity as well. God bless and continue to keep up the good Poetry! ❤

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  6. I think the process of painting without a brush is so much more intimate than using the traditional painter’s tools

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  7. sanaarizvi

    …….💝💝💝 oh my GOD this is amazing! I am applauding as I read 😀

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  8. That’s the way to do it!!

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  9. I love that van Gogh quote, Paul, and the way your poem springboarded off it. Blank canvas, block of stone, or blank page, we need something to mark them with. So many poor artists couldn’t afford the tools of their trade and made do with what they had. I love the way your arttist sans brush used his whole body,
    ‘kissed and caressed that canvas
    with a language of colour rarely
    seen in any conversation or
    heard on any palette of note.’

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  10. I love it! That would have been a sight to see! A romp on the canvas!!

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  11. language of colour rarely seen in any conversation or heard on any palette of note… Beautifull use of words!! ❤️

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  12. Amy

    Says so much about his passion.

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  13. “he
    kissed and caressed that canvas
    with a language of colour rarely
    seen in any conversation or
    heard on any palette of note.”

    I can feel the frenzied movement in this, Paul.
    Thank you for that quote!

    Like

  14. I love the creative process of the artist. The art and canvas is him.

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  15. The quote of Vincent van Gogh is priceless, and your metaphors of a love couple are fantastic. Yes the painter and the canvas need to be in love, for a great result. Michael

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