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September 2007, vol 3 no 3

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Diana Webb


Claude Monet – 'The Magpie' (1869)

Claude Monet - Monochrome ( High Tide at Etretat, 1868; The Magpie, 1869)

Waterlilies wait under the weeping willows. Years before...

He labours through taste and sting of salt on November gales, the roar and splash, to anchor an instant.

beyond whisked waves
peak of one dark rock–
man holds his hat down

He sets up his easel in the middle of a white winterscape, becomes part of it. Icicles form in his beard as the moment freezes.

'one for sorrow'
perched on the gate–
shadows on snow