Maggie O'Sullivan was born in Lincolnshire to Irish parents. Poet, artist, editor, publisher, she has performed and published her work since the late 1970s.
Arshile Gorky, "Study for "Nighttime, Enigma and Nostalgia"
"Elegy" (after Arshile Gorky)
You measured things by weight.
You loved the feel & shape of apricots
the wave & sway of fields of grain
the strength & pressure of waterfalls
the flow & shimmer of rivers
the luxuriance of orange, amber & terracotta
on naked paper
the drift & wing, flutter & rustle
of birds & leaves.
You loved the surreal
and, above all,
Your palette unfurls a flirtation
of glow & shadow,
a tenderness of breasts,
a poignant sweet incense of lemons
figs olives honey &
cherry trees in blossom.
The sanctuary holds all.
The bitter-red roses,
the scarlet-red crest of the cock,
the shivering silver sickness of poplar leaves
and the pallid hands, distorted, flat
as icons. [...]
Malevich, "White on White" (1918)
white on white
white square on white ground
white ground on white square
groundlight on white
white on light
nothing within nothing
within nothing nakendess
nothing reveals nothing
nothing yields nothing
* with many thanks to R O'B