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La Grande Odalisque

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La Grande Odalisque

	
	
	The anatomist’s delight, 
	or his dilemma? 
	Yes, she is...

	Odalisque...
	how could she be less than perfect? 
	Surely Ingres didn’t get it wrong 
	when he painted her nude flesh 
	so voluptuous as to be tactile, 
	reclining oh so languid 
	on her left side, 
	alone in this exotic 
	blue velvet draped room, 
	looking directly at me 
	over her right shoulder,
	betraying nothing
	of her inner dialogue.
	She’s aware of my presence; 
	how could it be otherwise? 
	Surely she must feel the heat
	of my rapt voyeur’s stare 
	on her sinuous, sensuous back. 
	
	Which brings me to the issue of anatomy, 
	the facts of her body.
	
	According to anatomists
	who’ve given long hours
	to the study of her bones,
	hidden though they may be,
	she’s spectacularly deformed.
	You see, her head is too small, 
	her neck too long, 
	her arms aren’t the same length
	(the left is shorter than the right), 
	she has five extra lumbar vertebrae 
	that twist her spine 
	into an impossible relationship with her pelvis,
	thereby rotating her lower body 
	so as to enhance her porcelain sexuality.
	
	Speaking strictly for myself in this matter,
	I couldn’t care less about the facts.
	I’m delighted that art trumped science,
	that reality can be elongated, rotated, 
	and manipulated to achieve perfection. 
	
	
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean_Auguste_Dominique_Ingres,_La_Grande_Odalisque,_1814.jpg	

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  1. Date: 5/24/2013 1:55:00 PM
    Jack... xool winning poem... PD

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/26/2013 4:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks a lot, PD... Jack
  1. Date: 5/23/2013 8:50:00 PM
    Anatomists apparently have too much time on their hands. A little distortion can improve the aesthetics, just consider Modigliani and El Greco. Nice analytic poem, a style I never considered before, but which I like very much! The poet as an art critic! Congratulations

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/23/2013 10:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, and I agree completely with what you've said about distortion, Modigliani and El Greco, not to mention Picasso... Jack
  1. Date: 5/23/2013 7:38:00 PM
    I love the different twist you gave to the contest.....something unique from the artist's point of view! Nicely done!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/26/2013 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Carrie. I had a good time writing it, which is what it's all about, right?
  1. Date: 5/19/2013 6:42:00 AM
    I never knew that, what a spectacular write. You had me from start to finish jack.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/19/2013 9:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again, Richard. I take special delight in artistic license. Jack
  1. Date: 5/18/2013 12:50:00 AM
    Well you've certainly discouraged me from attempting that contest... this is stunning! Such meticulous detail and amazingly well thought out. Being as I'm not a painter I don't believe I could come up with words like you do... about your deep appreciation for the brush. I believe, for the time being, I'll stick to what I know. One of your best, my friend!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/18/2013 9:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks... I'll check out the contests.
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 7:48:00 PM
    WOW. This is more than words can express. Stupendous talent. You are a master of the poetic arts.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/26/2013 4:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, as always, Karen. I really enjoyed writing it... Jack
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 1:10:00 PM
    Interesting work...Sara

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/17/2013 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Sara... Jack
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 8:40:00 AM
    Beautyful this imperfect odalisque, although perfect for your eyes, Jack. I would like to appreciate either, but your words are enough.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/17/2013 8:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Mario. I love the concept of "artistic license." Jack
  1. Date: 5/17/2013 8:39:00 AM
    Beautyful this imperfect odalisque, although perfect for your eyes, Jack. I would like to appreciate either, but your words are enough.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan
    Date: 5/26/2013 4:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for the compliment, Mario.