The name of a mythical nowhere place
where impossible dreams may be enacted
is commemorated in double doors
and windows awry
— in abstraction —
the magnificence of its happy madness.
The terraces, ruined castles and waterfalls
in the romantic eighteenth-century landscapes
of Claude Lorrain –
but which nevertheless
goaded Turner to jealousy –
are derided here
guying the calculated formula
behind the ‘artless’ picturesqueness.
It is the god-humoured joshing
of one artist
The helmeted and visored structure,
referring to the classical images
of all legendary warriors
in this case
ironically encloses emptiness.
The work poses the question:
“Was there ever anything more?
Is heroism only on minstrel’s lips,
and the actuality
an emptiness of fear?”
An insect-like construction
staring out interrogatively,
it is also inward-looking.
A dominant force
held in a stasis of reflections,
it offers a sphinx-like air
by offering itself for appraisal,
at the same time
In green bronze,
we are offered an enigma
in waiting and expectancy
without further explanation.
SALUTE TO HENRY MOORE
(For Defending Brian Willsher’s Work Against the Authorities)
In this sculpture
commemorating his bruising encounter
with Government bureaucrats
who declared outrightly
that his work was not recognised
Willshire savagely gives
a Behemoth’s mask
to all bureaucracy,
incarnating its idiocy,
ignorance and brutality
in an indelible image.
THE PRINCE OF WAR
A classic work
combining the symbolism
of martial leadership,
war and heroism
in an unfurled & flowing flag
interrupted only by a rapacious megaphone
given to oratory;
destiny, and etc.
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