Beauty Is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo

By Carole Maso

A colourful sequence of prose poems celebrating the lifetime of artist Frida Kahlo.

Beauty Is Convulsive is a biographical meditation on one of many 20th century's such a lot compelling and well-known artists, Frida Kahlo (1907-1954). on the age of 19, Kahlo's lifestyles used to be remodeled while the bus during which she used to be using used to be hit by way of a trolley automobile. Pierced by means of a metal handrail and damaged in lots of areas, she entered a protracted interval of convalescence in which she started to paint self-portraits. In 1928, at twenty-one, she joined the Communist get together and got here to understand Diego Rivera. The forty-one-year-old Rivera, Mexico's most renowned painter, was once inspired by way of the strength of Kahlo's character and via the authenticity of her paintings, and the 2 quickly married. although they have been dedicated to one another, intermittent affairs on either side, Frida's grief over her lack of ability to endure a toddler, and her widespread health problems made the wedding tumultuous. This prose poem is general Maso --vigorous, bold, continuously unique. She brings jointly elements of Kahlo's biography, her letters, scientific records, and her diaries with language that's frequently as erotic and colourful as Kahlo's paintings.

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Placed the empty garments simply because i needed you here      your costume over there. Diego      don’t pass Black within the gaps among leaves exhibits that the time is evening which to Frida intended the top of lifestyles Diego and also you holiday into Fridas—one the Frida whom Diego loves and the opposite the Frida Diego now not loves. Rupture      Forceps      Incision the purpose, Diego, used to be consistently you, and if the soreness should be relieved, a bit. And to maintain you. And the knife, and the candy suture, oh it's going to believe like being alive or— the autoeroticism of her wounds the object that impels sufferers to wish surgical procedure, love me, love me my frog-prince, and the footless, and the headless, the cracked open and bleeding—not passive, now not death don’t exit that door —open me and that i wish desperately … open me up What do you need desperately? Don’t exit that door. The hours have been damaged libidinous she supplies herself freely now she takes Silky and yellow yellow for affliction and insanity the way in which that hair may need felt, her hair on your arms, like a true gringa the succulent root Diego Don’t move. Hair on fireplace candle desk blouse ablaze— Diego long gone back Maria Felix on fire—stay within the sound of the clock as he strikes away frieze: A line of Diego heads—A row of Diegos—frieze— don’t move. the Judas of your contact we're held jointly by way of tears Numbers, the economic climate the farce of phrases nerves are blue. I don’t recognize why—also purple, yet choked with colour. Diego, Diego we're held jointly by way of arrows now. martyrdom of glass. the nice nonsense Votive: Oblivion votive: Diego      are the vows you are taking nine arrows votive: oblivion      to kill the discomfort within the sound of the clock, within the pulse of the sunshine, Diego, Diego. within the violence, within the calm Diego, Diego, my baby, my gentle. A infantile factor. baby of the folks baby of the revolution baby of brilliance (standing on a scaffold) yet continuously a baby. Frog nation prince. replicate of evening. baby of the good occultist baby of cruelty Her bridled, brotheled humor love Diego and love Diego demented coated in gold a steel rod via her pelvis and love Diego is simply one other maiming factor one other type of harm reworking factor. coincidence: the panorama is day and evening. and she or he recalls whilst her mouth … She lures males up double staircases to her lair— as he breaks her center back Diego simply to sustain. Her library of enthusiasts, her Noguchi, her Trotsky, Diego, Diego. Her viva Sandino, her viva Zapata, Diego, Diego for you the entire assassinated ones. And that cinema of poverty. making a song drunken patriotic songs all evening the theater in their lives. Diego who by no means fullyyt leaves her physique a maiming factor mountainous factor ardour retablo coincidence: think a crimson plea within the brilliant gentle asking God, one and one last—furious—answer me—one and just one final time—answer me. papier -mache Judas Diego no. And he breaks her middle back— resolution me and back. And he wishes her in basic terms to color don’t holiday, don’t cross, remain nine thorns in a cup hands and glitter flung think she dares—imagine—what lies lower than those outfits, damaged.

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