Thursday, September 11, 2008

White on White

Kasimir Malevitch, Ukrainan
“Suprematist composition: White on White” (1918)

Whatever you may be thinking,
it’s not pure white on purer white,
actually, it looks a bit greenish,

but that may be my old CRT,
maybe you see it quite whitely
on your flat-screen. Malevitch

felt spiritually freed up by it, as
a result of the 1917 Revolution.
How do you feel knowing that?

Does it still look as white to you?
You don’t have to answer. You
just have to look at it & tilt right.

You can hardly do otherwise.
Go ahead, just try not to. Try.
No, I’m not putting you on,

nor was Malevitch in 1918.
That was then, this is now;
this is now, that was then.

Tilt your damnedest: Tilt!

(11 SEP 08, Santa Clara CA)v2

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