Picasso’s Guitar is disassembled
and rebuilt on canvas
when figs are sugared and
clustered in the heavens
and the studio is silent;
he makes short work of it,
and in the morning
gives it only a passing glance
as it lays under a window and a dovecot.
He reaches instead
to paint horses yellow and blue
that are streaming up a hillside like smoke,
and when he stops to look past the guitar
and through the window
the fruit and birds are one.
— Charles Bane, Jr.
We commemorate the birth of Pablo Picasso, born on this day in 1881, with an appropriate poem by Charles Bane Jr.
Picasso’s Guitar marks the fifth installment in the serialization of Charles' 2011 volume of poetry The Chapbook (Curbside Splendor). Join us on this year-long journey as we share and explore Charles' passion — his poetry — with you, our readers, on alternate Tuesdays...or in this instance on Picasso's birthday!
Charles is also the author of Love Poems (Kelsay Books, 2014). His work has been described in the Huffington Post as "not only standing on the shoulders of giants, but shrinking them." He created the Meaning of Poetry series for The Gutenberg Project and is a current nominee as Poet Laureate of Florida. A new collection of poetry, The Ends Of The Earth is currently taking shape.
We thank Charles for his continuing contributions.