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Pollock — Pain’s Paint and dVerse OLN 8/8/19

“Red, Black and Silver,” a painting the estate of Jackson Pollock’s lover, Ruth Kligman, claims was painted for her.

It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.

Something sad
Sad how?
It doesn’t matter how.
Put on paint – matter.
Paint it.

Something matters?
How doesn’t it?
Doesn’t it?

Paint is pain, long-mattered
Pain’s paint says something mattered.

Put on pain’s paint and matter —
as long as something is said,
Doesn’t matter how.

 

Paul’s Poetry Playground just introduced an invented poetry form called the pollock, after the form’s namesake, artist Jackson Pollock.  The gist is that you take any quote from Pollock (or from any other person, if you want to “break the rules” which is encouraged) then write a 14-line poem that starts with that quote and using only words from the quote throughout the rest of the lines.  It sounded fun and challenging so I decided to give it a try.

The quote I chose from Pollock is:

It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.

I did break the rules a little by turning “paint” into “pain” and “said” into “sad” and maybe changed tense on a word or two.

Image link:  “Red, Black and Silver,” a painting the estate of Jackson Pollock’s lover, Ruth Kligman, claims was painted for her.CreditC41 Media

If you follow that link, you’ll find a NYT fascinating feature from 2013 about the painting.

Update on 8/8/19: Grace is the host of dVerse for Open Link Night (OLN) and so am linking this to dVerse.

45 thoughts on “Pollock — Pain’s Paint and dVerse OLN 8/8/19

  1. Lillian thanks, it was new to me also but I see great potential in it! Even though it is called Pollock, the rules I read said you can take any poet’s work as a starting point.

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