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“Second Rate Turner”, An Ode To Oscar Wilde

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Dialog with my undergrad adviser at the Art Institute a few years ago:

Me: I’m thinking of applying to graduate school.

Prof: Save your money and buy a lot of art supplies.

Me: Actually, I’m thinking about getting my graduate degree in philosophy. Shocked, and after a few seconds of silence.

Prof: Isn’t there enough philosophy in painting?

Me: Yes, but I’m really intrigued by the deeper meaning of art, life and words. When I open up an art book or magazine, the images come alive with the words. I ultimately feel that art is naked without words…

Prof: Art speaks for itself, at least good art does. Good art doesn’t need words.

Me: Not according to Oscar Wilde. When speaking to someone who casually observed how lovely a certain English sunset was. Remarked, that it was only, “a second rate Turner.” With one stroke of his pen, his wit superseded Turner’s famous sunset and his friend’s casual remark.

Shards Of Love pg. 35

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I love
Licking
the words
from your pages,
María.

Your insights
and characteristically
facetious tone
when dealing with
academic facts
are the
sweetest candy
to my piercing
Brown-eyes.

I savor your
words in my
mouth.
Turning them
over like
a slow
roasted
lamb.

If only my
faculties
could
remember
them
all.

Instead,
I have
re-read
them
from time
to
time.

Just to
get my
Intellect
full
one more
time.

When you
ironically,
describe
what constitutes
Moving-
from
medieval
to
modern
times,

I just
want to
kiss
your
Delicate
and Subtle
mind.