Leonardo and Chiaroscuro Retold
The mind dictated the differences between these pages
and the reader. Thus, I content myself to meditate
on how much the half is preferable to the whole
and what riches lie in admiration.
Like all new discoveries, salvation lay in…use.
We are light and shade,
intimacy, and thus, an emotional,
subjective art of violent contrast.
The clear harmony of sunlit thought is less fitted,
alien. The acceptance of life natural [is] lighter,
evident. Compare the lines.
Existence is more practical than aesthetic.
It may seduce us by its rhythm.
Euphronios and Rembrandt Retold
What strikes us at once
is the transparent shadowed behind
the dimly-discerned discretion of northern light
that falls softly.
The window is seclusion.
The psychology of the individual,
Here [there] is no mystery.
The shapes of searching light, misty and mysterious,
are rare and negligible.
The black decoration, in the first instance,
[is] helped by the thin arabesque of the outlines.
But this is meager matter for how little
we should be inclined to admire.
In itself art
is instinct with a conscious rhythm lost to us
before sight [or] vision
[before] shade or light.
Source: both poems created from The Art and Craft of Drawing by Vernon Blake Oxford University Press London: Humphrey Milford 1927 (pp 241-242).
Amy Nocton has taught high school Spanish and/or Italian for twenty-five years. She is currently employed by E.O. Smith High School in Mansfield, CT. She lives with her spirited family off a dirt road in the woods surrounded by great neighbors, fox, coyotes, bobcats, deer, and other woodland creatures sharing the land-trust protected forest protected. She is grateful to her entire family and her writing group friends for their creativity and support always. She has been previously published in Inti,: Revista de literatura hispánica, The Bookends Review, The Pangolin Press and by the Connecticut Writing Project at the University of Connecticut.