Ananta Madhavan


Abstract Art, Rothko at an Expo


Assaulted by some exquisite disproportion
In colour-traps which lie in wait for me,
The membranes of my faculties go numb.

Slabs of spaced pigment, loud or sombre,
Bandaged horizontal bars or bands:
This red may be an ur-electric fire.

There, the essence of a stark old plain,
Distilled in greying black and greying white -
These give no purchase to the answering eye.

Greedily the canvases lap up the light,
Yielding nothing; and yet, as hushed, I stalk
These hostile presences, chromatic acres,

Accepting all and leaving all behind,
I think I glimpse a meaning in the hoax:
The elemental disproportion is my own.

Submitted: Monday, April 28, 2014
Edited: Monday, April 28, 2014

Topic of this poem: london


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written on a visit to the Hayward Gallery, London in 1972.

Comments about this poem (Abstract Art, Rothko at an Expo by Ananta Madhavan )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  4. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  10. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Not necessarily, hasmukh amathalal
  2. I embrace my pen, gajanan mishra
  3. Loveless Love, Paul Hartal
  4. But vicinty, hasmukh amathalal
  5. Past Writing, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  6. Still Small Voice, Leong Ming Loong
  7. Gap and divide, hasmukh amathalal
  8. Love Is Hard, Is It Poetry
  9. Mulugkhw..., Swrji Basumatary
  10. Being Entertained By Nature, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
[Hata Bildir]