Golden-Breasted Bunting and the Poet, Basil Bunting

Linocut of a Golden-Breasted Bunting

Linocut of a Golden-Breasted Bunting

This is my second attempt at doing a linocut and making a note card from it. Beginning to appreciate the fine, subtle lines this techniques produces and beginning to see its possibilities. Since I couldn’t find a suitable bunting poem to go along with the linocut, I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce one (nothing to do with birds) by the British modernist poet, Basil Bunting (1900-1985).

SEE! THEIR VERSES ARE LAID
By Basil Bunting

See! Their verses are laid
as mosaic gold to gold
gold to lapis lazuli
white marble to porphyry
stone shouldering stone, the dice
polished alike, there is
no cement seen and no gap
between stones as the frieze strides
to the impending apse:
the rays of many glories
forced to its focus forming
a glory neither of stone
nor metal, neither of words
nor verses, but of the light
shining upon no substance;
a glory not made
for which all else was made.

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A 19th-century romantic poet trying to get by in the 21st-century.
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