Lisel Mueller

(February 8, 1924)

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Monet Refuses The Operation


Doctor, you say there are no haloes
around the streetlights in Paris
and what I see is an aberration
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  • Veteran Poet - 4,890 Points * Sunprincess * (6/6/2014 3:05:00 PM)

    .............for me these are the beautiful lines in this write...enjoyed..
    ~ if only you could see
    how heaven pulls earth into its arms
    and how infinitely the heart expands
    to claim this world, blue vapor without end. ~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 393 Points Michelle Claus (5/8/2014 10:05:00 PM)

    Yes. I am with you heart and soul, Lisel Mueller and Claude Monet. Sings truth to me, through and through. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 919 Points Kevin Patrick (5/8/2014 7:33:00 PM)

    What can I say to convince you
    the Houses of Parliament dissolves
    night after night to become
    the fluid dream of the Thames?

    An effortless and unlimited imagination that can strain words like a mathematician wonderful work. True Art (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 2,025 Points Joeline Rayment (5/8/2013 8:18:00 PM)

    Yes! this is beautiful... I always had issue with the many critics and historians who paint a picture of Monet's change of site as a limitation and a tragedy.
    Here Lisel has created a glimpse into the other side of wonder and possibilities that Monet had, and indeed choose to half keep.
    And such a brilliantly beautiful flowing poem as well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 773 Points Ken E Hall (5/10/2012 9:51:00 PM)

    Magic in poetry brushed with invisible oils that become visible, only this can be done by an artist++++10+regards (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Terri Kirby Erickson (5/2/2010 9:20:00 AM)

    Monet Refuses the Operation by Lisel Mueller is such an exquisite piece of work, I wish I had written it, myself! I can't think of a higher compliment from one poet to another. It is so good I am almost speechless...which is HIGHLY unusual for me! Thank you so much for posting it. All the very best, Terri Kirby Erickson, terrikirbyerickson.wordpress.com (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Terri Kirby Erickson (5/2/2010 9:20:00 AM)

    Monet Refuses the Operation by Lisel Mueller is such an exquisite piece of work, I wish I had written it, myself! I can't think of a higher compliment from one poet to another. It is so good I am almost speechless...which is HIGHLY unusual for me! Thank you so much for posting it. All the very best, Terri Kirby Erickson, terrikirbyerickson.wordpress.com (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Leslie Audes (11/29/2009 6:59:00 PM)

    Wow! i love this poem! It reminded me of something i read recently in 'Proust Was a Neuroscientist'. It was a chapter about Cezzane, not Monet, but it delved into an artist's striving to catch the 'abstract'...this poem, with Monet's change in perception. I also love how Mueller showed Monet's situation to be a change in perspective - rather than something wholly negative. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Poetry Hound (10/19/2006 5:52:00 AM)

    An exceptionally clever and gorgeous poem, lush with imagery and a terrific blend of the literal with the figurative. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Max Reif (8/31/2005 7:33:00 PM)

    This is gorgeous!
    How can no one have written a comment?
    It's sublime!
    Into my Favorite Poems you go! (Report) Reply

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