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LEE KRASNER: PORCELAIN, 1955

Take it down Tear it up Turn it over Make

it new out of old makings:

exert what that venerable scatterbrain

in Weimar once called the Power

of Pulling Yourself Together whereby

the master is first revealed.

Exposed is more like it: shown for what you are.

Porcelain! If a watched pot never boils, what

happens to a pulverized one?

These are not heroic fragments, nothing here

inherently shapely! No

identifiable vessel remains: you

picked up the pieces all

over the place and laid them down again

according to your own ragged politics

of reaching and retracting, no

better than breathing really, putting mere drips,

untimely ripp’d, not so much

where you saw they belonged, but how you surrendered

to their various discomfort:

an open mind must be open at both ends!

The wrong papers, the wretched old canvases

discovered to be no more

than rehearsals for much new catastrophe

this purple patch, that

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