BRIEF APPRAISAL


There’s no shortage of war artists

I’d prefer to have a shirt

That isn’t frayed or discoloured

 

Where I sweat. I sweat a lot

Drugs (amphetamines)

 

The problem

With using bleach on stains

 

It does away with the stitching

 

And there’s the dilemma. You
Need to plan for a replacement

Sooner rather than later. I like

 

The futurists, surrealists. Kirchner
And the expressionists. But none

Of them are combat specialists

 

In my childhood I’ll play with soldiers

Endlessly. But I won’t be born for ages

 

The shirts belonged to my Grandad

Not the one who fought. The other

 

I’ll inherit them

Gran had kept them

 

God love her

 

Sometimes I sound foolish. Poisoned

 

In the trenches, Paul Nash
Is cold but most spectacular. Grosz
And Dix, the Germans. Goya takes

Some beating. Those atrocities

 

Did he see them or imagine?

 

If I had to own one

I’d want Uccello’s

 

The Battle of  San Romano
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Steven Taylor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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