‘Mrs Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary’ by Olivia McCannon

Mrs Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary (Anonymous artist, New England, late 17th century) The baby is looking to one side – Uncovering an early smile – at The next canvas being painted The mother attentive, but Watching the way you watch her Challenging whatever it is You think she is doing – yes,                         … Continue reading ‘Mrs Elizabeth Freake and Baby Mary’ by Olivia McCannon

A poem by David Andrew

  Matisse: the Parakeet and the Mermaid In a world in which armies were still encountered, though now their role was ‘entirely defensive,’ an old man survives the age of alliances. Younger, he looked out from hotel rooms on the Mediterranean; rooms, one supposes, full of windows and flowers, fabric, birds. There he laid down the law of tables and chairs: recruiter of womens’ dresses, … Continue reading A poem by David Andrew

‘Degas Wants to Paint Me Ironing’ by Anna-May Laugher

Degas Wants to Paint Me Ironing He says it’s wonderful to watch me, I’ll just bet it is when I’m the one who’s working. He’s going to pay me, pay me to pretend and now that I’m pretending I have time to wonder how my ironing has changed. First with little flutters of the heart, rounding the collars, love details for the man, the loved … Continue reading ‘Degas Wants to Paint Me Ironing’ by Anna-May Laugher