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William Logan

BPR 51 | 2024

Monet. Trouville. 1870.

Oh, that horrible chair!
The sky is built
from Impressionist smears,

a creamy pavilion tent
down the strand seems
in shaking-hands distance

of the real. A matron sits
in layers of a stifling
dress under a striking blue

parasol, far too small
or her head far too large.
A companion, just as

unsuitably wrapped in black
this hot day, peruses
a newspaper to ignore

the matron, the sun, the painter.
Between the women,
like a faithful dog,

sits the ridiculous chair,
its angles all wrong,
through which the painter says,

“Abas the viewer, abas the real!”