THE MUSEUM ISSUE

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

 

Nude Descending in All Directions
After Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), Philadelphia Museum of Art


...............Strip her bare.
Swirl her four dimensions
down those stairs stark
naked. She’s just another sex cylinder
up your sleeve. Another blown
fuse in your paints.

........You call her revolutionary,
rolling her frame like she’s some cause
célèbre?
.....................................I call her
just another dame gone completely
anti-bourgeois, another one of your
tin lizzies, twitching
her petunia-pink saddlebags.

........She’s got some high-class itch,
wiggling her dimensions
into anti-art,
into the promised land of Arp
where he who eats Arp eggs
dies, and a single issue of Rongwrong prints
her name on a bottle rack
and calls it art.

.....................................She moves you
into a land where everything’s
pataphysics to bruitism,
where blue nudes wiggle their dreams loose,
where Mona Lisa giggles
and exits from the wall
when a readymade coat rack trips
your nude.

........She’s balmy, this dame
who shimmy-shakes a wattlebird.
She wiggles out of duck eggs
into Dada.
........ ........Dada’s everything pure
black to mousse green.
Dada’s gadji beri bimba glandridi:
your dame sounding off, popping
rhinoceroses again,
roaring 147
loud times.
........Dada’s twittering
bird talk
with a red-breasted goose
like a king of the parallelopipedonists.
........ ........Dada’s another chef d’oeuvre
that’s hung around forty years,
waiting for an exhibit
on the moon.
....................................You stripped
your nude bare for this?

 

 

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda was appointed Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2006-2008, by Governor Timothy M. Kaine. She is the author of five poetry books and co-editor of two poetry anthologies. Her award-winning poems have appeared in the US and abroad in Nimrod, Cauteloso engaño del sentido, Prairie Schooner, Antioch Review, and Passages North. Kreiter-Foronda holds a B.A. from the University of Mary Washington and two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the university’s first doctorate. In 2007 both universities gave her the Alumna of the Year Award. Carolyn is also a visual artist, whose paintings have been widely exhibited.

 

Published in Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 2009.