DAVID BYRNE

From a series of digital portraits by Lucas Samaras, Poses.
The Pace Gallery, New York, 2010

Your face:
invitation
to gray fire, dissolving
was, will be. Photographed black &
white, your

head is
a George Hurrell
portrait of a rock, dredged
from the Hudson. Hidden beneath
waters,

silver
magma ignites.
Your eyes are libation
vessels sacrificed to night’s dark
flames. Wind,

cinders.
The color
is collar—brown among
resolute ash. The zipper at
your neck

lets wordsparks
fly—neither
spoken nor sung—from the
cage confining, defining them,
you. Us?

David Byrne photograph Lucas SAMARAS 2
Lucas Samaras
Pose 0444, 2010
pure pigment on paper
32″ x 18″ (81.3 cm x 45.7 cm) Edition of 3
© Lucas Samaras, courtesy Pace Gallery

–Dean Kostos


Poetry

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