TATE ETC., the magazine published by the museum offers compelling content including the “Poem of the Month”. This year, Britain’s Poetry Society is curating the selections which will be added to the website. A writer is paired with a work from the collection to produce a poem based on the art.
This month the contribution comes from noted author Elaine Feinstein responding to the R.B. Kitaj painting, “Isaac Babel Riding with Budyonny” (below). Here’s an excerpt from her poem.
“This is the euphoria of Revolution:
Ukraine in flames, the air a grey smoke.
Ash beneath dark skies. From a horse’s white rump,
the colours turn in a kaleidoscope.”
The complete poem can be found at this link.
TATE ETC. is published three times a year and is Europe’s largest art magazine. Here is the link to subscribe. Kudos to the magazine for encouraging this collision of arts.