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Dream Drawings and Mimicry
By Starling Root
"I believe I am part of the last generation that will grow up with this media. Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and transform what one might refer to as reality." -Roger Ballen
Today I am going to live in the photographs of Roger Ballen.
I will be the rat in “Retreat,” cornered by newsprint in Afrikaans.
A molted goose will watch me suffocate myself with a teddy bear.
A boyish girl in a white dress will examine me, the stain on the wall.
I will share a garbage can with a grown man's leg and a dead bunny.
My metamorphosis will take me from scruffy weasel to naked Venus.
Ragged sheets will cup my hands as I try to get my dirty fingers to meet.
Committing suicide will be as easy as cutting wire and twine for Dada.
Small dogs will stand on their tippy-toes and twirl before cardboard antlers.
Hooray for charcoal drawings of big dicks hung above broken telephones.
Madonna and Child, will you let me enter your peeling door? I bear a skink.
Soon I, the kitty, will play peek-a-boo from the boxers of a shy and ugly father.
#Poetry #Photography #FineArt #RogerBallen