Annunciation Angel – a poem from my collection of ekphrastic poetry based on abstract, symbolist and surrealist artists’ depictions of angels
by Roy Beckemeyer
After Jay DeFeo’s Oil on canvas, “The Annunciation,”
1957/59, Art Institute of Chicago
Angel announcements are always
astounding. Angels are drama queens,
every one, no sign of subtlety; they light
the night sky, let all the neighbors hear
the news. No virgin ever born could
hope for discretion with angels involved.
Loud, too much makeup, glitzy robes
encrusted with bling, they swoosh in
on wings immaculately white, halos
like circular fluorescent tubes swiped
from a tavern storefront.
What’s the use of a Holy Spirit
silently slipping into your room
in the dead of night after all this?
– Roy Beckemeyer
Please link to De Feo’s painting here:
DeFeo: “The Annunciation” – http://goo.gl/9z6CjK
Or use your smartphone to link through this QR Code:
This poem is from a collection of 28 ekphrastic poems addressing various artists’ depictions of angels. Art ranges from abstract expressionist to symbolist to surrealist work. Tentatively titled Amanuensis Angel, the collection has been making the rounds of various publishers. No acceptance yet, but still trying. All the poems have QR codes so that readers can call up the picture on their smartphone or tablet, thus making reading the poems an interactive experience.