Poem/Painting #4: “Jungle”

8/1/10, 12″ x 12″ x 2 1/4″, mixed media.

Jungle – August 10, 2009

There is a jungle,
thick and moist
and towering

beyond the fence
beyond the yard
behind the house

and as the day
wanes from sun
to dusk and night

the light seeps
through the trees
that flicker without wind

in spots of silver,
gold and emerald.

From my tiny downstairs desk
and quiet window
the view is almost soothing.

Upstairs
the children nap
their smooth, soft faces
untouched by dreams

of yesterday
or of mortality.

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There is a jungle, thick and moist and towering beyond the fence beyond the yard behind the house and as the day wanes from sun to dusk and night the light seeps through the trees that flicker without wind in spots of silver, gold and emerald. From my tiny downstaairs desk and quiet window the view is almost soothing.  Upstairs the children nap their smooth, soft faces untouched by dreams of yesterday or of mortality.

– Ori Soltes

About the Poem/Paintings Series
When I want to begin a new body of work, I begin to think in terms of a series. In 2008 I decided I would like to find a group of poems which would be strongly visual like the poems of Wallace Stevens. I asked Ori if he knew any poets because his work touches me in two ways: he teaches art, but he is also a scholar in Jewish history and texts. He suggested that he himself had written a series of poems over the years, which he then sent me. I saw that they could be very visually stimulating, so it began . . .

About Ori Soltes
He is a Goldman Professorial lecturer in Theology and Art at Georgetown University. He has written nearly 250 books, articles, and catalog essays.

He currently teaches theology, philosophy and art history at Georgetown University. He has also taught across diverse disciplines for many years at The Johns Hopkins University, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, Siegel College in Cleveland, and other colleges and universities.