Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Let us possess one world

Colin McCahon: Let us possess one world
(painted May-July, 1955)

And now good morrow to our waking soules,
Which watch not one another out of feare;
For love, all love of other sights controules,
And makes one little roome, an every where.
Let sea-discoverers to new worlds have gone,
Let Maps to others, worlds on worlds have showne,
Let us possesse our world, each hath one, and is one.

John Donne: The Good-Morrow
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Geof Huth said...


This little Colin McCahon poem-painting is interesting. I've never heard of the man, but it shows all of the signs common to painting poems, and its general style is much like that of the painting-poems of Kenneth Patchen, some of them made around this same time. I have to look this guy up!


Martin Edmond said...

Renee Wagemans said...

Last year we had an large exhibition of Colin McMahon in Amsterdam. I went there with my husband and we so loved it It was awesome. He really is the "van Gogh of down under" as they say.

You get so drawn into these pictures, you can't imagine WOW WOW
thanks for sharing this one