Amor y sonetos

Lots of new work happening in the studios lately…Here’s the scoop.

I continued by exploration of Cien Sonetos de Amor by Pablo Neruda. I made two new mixed media paintings on paper based on Sonnets 7, and 8. These paintings are smaller in size, measuring 12″ x 9″ (H x L). The smaller size allows a level of intimacy with the words and ideas.

Sonnet VII

Come with me, I said, and no one knew
where, or how my pain throbbed,
no carnations or barcaroles for me,
only a wound that love had opened.

I said it again: Come with me, as if I were dying,
and no one saw the moon that bled in my mouth
or the blood that rose into the silence.
O Love, now we can forget the star that has such thorns!

That is why when I heard your voice repeat
Come with me, it was as if you had let loose
the grief, the love, the fury of a cork-trapped wine

the geysers flooding from deep in its vault:
in my mouth I felt the taste of fire again,
of blood and carnations, of rock and scald

Sonnet 7

Sonnet 7

Sonnet VIII, Pablo Neruda

If your eyes were not the color of the moon,
of a day full of clay, and work, and fire,
if even held-in you did not move in agile grace like the air,
if you were not an amber week,

not the yellow moment
when autumn climbs up through the vines;
if you were not that bread the fragrant moon
kneads, sprinkling its flour across the sky,

oh, my dearest, I could not love you so!
But when I hold you I hold everything that is —
sand, time, the tree of the rain,

everything is alive so that I can be alive:
without moving I can see it all:
in your life I see everything that lives.

Sonnet 8

Sonnet 8

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