Cutting

"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." ~Michelangelo  

there are masters

of word and of plaster

producers and

crafters

and after

if you asked  

them how

they knew

when

the making

the creating

the shaping were done--

I imagine they stand back 

confident

that no more excess could be wrent

from the

stone and the bone

words, plaster --previous disaster. 

Art now lives. 

This is reflexive 

artist turning inward on herself

cutting away

cutting down

cutting off

breath, movement

all the shit that doesn't yield

I am real.  

in this way 

the process is like disease.  

 

it is the only time 

a thing like

autoimmunity uses its 

edge to create

instead of kill.  


  Photo by Chris Randall

Photo by Chris Randall