- Cézanne in Baltimore
Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibémus Quarry
He painted it, then painted it again For twenty years or more, week after week Layering slope, ridge, double limestone peak Till rhomboid, trapezoid, block and plane, Green pines, deep orange cliffs, mauve-tinted sky Composed an art that’s somehow both abstract And representational: when we react With five steps back to realign the eye
Space opens in a rush of vertigo Between the near trees and the quarry wall, Perspective drops this room, which seemed so small, Echoing into cavernous effects. Mont Sainte-Victoire still towers over Aix Both on and off the canvas. Scene from below. [End Page 335]
JOSEPH HARRISON is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Shakespeare’s Horse (Waywiser, 2015). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His honors include an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship.