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Beholding Eye Paperback – June 1, 2006
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How can I begin to check
the man who revised the act
of seeing in my time? A man who sang small
& yet became, in his own time, a mountain.
Putting another layer of color on the collection, not only does Bauer occupy the personae of diverse artists, as in the above couplets, but also can be found in the persona of an artist's alter ego, as here, Duchamp's, in "Rrose Sélavy No Longer Sings La Vie En Rose," ably realized with dry humor:
How many years can a woman pose for a man
in the same bad hat & ratty fur
before the world goes gray before her eyes
and even la-de-la-de-la-de-la sounds like the blues?
How many nights can she lie alone while
the avant guard goes galloping toward the future
on their hobbyhorse? I tell you, my heart may belong
to da-da, but even an alter ego needs l'amour
Bauer also writes of particular works, though rarely does she do as straight a description as in Cezanne's "Large Bathers":
Only one figure actually appears
to be in the water.Read more ›