Lucebert (Nom de plume for Lubertus Jacobus Swaanswijk; Dutch artist & poet, 1924-1994), The Menaced House, 1962. Oil on canvas. 51 1/2 x 79 in. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington Univ., St. Louis MO.


robust ball like a bust
kisses like glass bullets
obelisks like flying fish
vague birds like kisses

frivolous wings
play with weighty stones
a play of sound and silence

swans like snowy temples
kisses like shadowy gateways
thresholds between air and earth
timorous swans like kisses


k a m a t e k a o r a –
a new zealand journal of poetry and poetics

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