Dismantling the Still Life

            Still Life by Giorgio Morandi, 1940

It is time to destroy
the reality behind the illusion: to lift
the jug from behind the bottle
and return it to the shelf
to become a jug again.
The tilted bowl

comes from beside the vase
and the coffee pot
from beside the sea shell
allowing light a free run
between the window and table’s edge.
So ends another

elevation of utilitarian
objects to a theatre stage
where they are still
as those who perform only
inside themselves.

David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in England, and spent several years in Vienna, before moving to Phoenix in 1978. He pursued his visual art and had several shows, as well as writing and publishing his poetry in magazines and collections, the latest of which is The Devil’s Sonata from FutureCycle Press. Although he became ever more interested in the desert and its wildlife, the shadow side of Vienna emerges in his fiction and The Taste of Fog, which was published by Rain Mountain Press.

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