Wednesday, April 10, 2019

ARTSPEAK: Happy! poem "Backstage" by Irene Latham

I'm excited to be continuing my ARTSPEAK series -- this year with poems on the theme of "Happy." Read why in my introductory post.

Poems so far:

Girl in a Yellow Dress after "A Girl in a Yellow Dress, 1917" by Amedeo Modigliani
When the Stars Come to Town after "Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent van Gogh
On a Golden Day in May after "Checkered House" by Grandma Moses
Beach Time after "Children Playing on the Beach" by Mary Cassatt
The Weight of Happiness after "Flower Seller" by Diego Rivera
By the Sea "Coastal Scene with Gulls" by Maud Lewis
Sister Song after an untitled piece by Henry Darger
Two Cows after "2 Cows" by Maud Lewis
Girl in Hat after "Girl in Hat" by Norman Lewis

Today's piece is "Dancers in Green and Yellow" by Edgar Degas. This brought me right back to my ballerina days and that anticipatory (dreadful! exciting!) moment at a recital before it was my turn to take the stage.

- after "Dancers in Green and Yellow" by Edgar Degas
Legs tangled in tulle,
arms eager to lift
we wait for
that ecstatic breath of music –
our time
to bloom!

- Irene Latham

Be sure to visit this post for the Janet F.'s line in our Progressive Poem!


  1. Ballerina flowers....flower ballerinas. Yes, that's it. That. is. it. Happy

  2. "Our time to bloom", so right, Irene. My youngest granddaughter already loves the recital time! And I just shared a new bio of Nijinsky today, an amazing story.

  3. How lovely to be here for the Progressive Poem, and also get a chance to scroll through all your Artspeak poems. I too love that bloom line LindaB noted. :)

  4. I showed this to my student who is a dancer and told her you wrote it for her. Thanks.

  5. I just bought a book about the dancer Degas sculpted... "Tangled in tulle" makes me swoon! xx


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