Negative Spaces

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Negative Spaces

I went to see some abstract art at SOMA.
A huge tan canvas
caught my eye
full of angry looking black strokes.
A brush used like a knife
slashing the surface
no staying within the lines here.
I felt a turmoil from it
which I couldn’t put it into words.
The blank spaces within the artwork
trapped, then set free
yet seeking escape from the stark controlling lines.
What the artist couldn’t put into the painting
was plainly there to feel.

© RebekkaSanchez2015

Magpie Tales 290

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38 thoughts on “Negative Spaces

    1. Are you having a program like a class or is it drop it on your site? Does one have to do every prompt?

      I ask because I’ve been offline most of this week at the doctors and such it can’t be helped. I meant to catch up tomorrow or Saturday but I can’t promise and it can’t be helped. I certainly pick writing first.

      Maybe I misunderstood the invite but I thought you had prompts to drop in and write for. If I am wrong please let me know Jishnu.

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    1. I have done a few paintings like it in my short art career. I still have one of them on the wall I did when I was 10. It’d be fun to put it up as a prompt and see what people write. Lol!

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    1. I am so happy to see you Karen! I must visit your blog it’s been awhile. I read that you were busy offline.

      I love WordPress I took a poetry class and made a million friends who are so talented. I already invited them to Mag and Toads.

      I have been offline the last few days and depending on what happens I may not be able to write much either. It happens to us all.

      You have always visited my work even looking at some of my other poems and are the friendliness sweetest person I write with. Really, I should tell you so more often.

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  1. This is a great, empathic reading of the art. I am especially fond of the lines:

    …angry looking black strokes.
    A brush used like a knife

    and

    What the artist couldn’t put into the painting
    was plainly there to feel.

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