27 Nov: Q and PA Day 27

A 19th century woman in the French port of L’ile Saint Louis

A Poem Based on Henri Rousseau’s “Myself. Portrait Landscape” (from L’ile Saint Louis)

This woman’s name is Clémence.
She is Henri Rousseau’s lover.

You must, she tells, Rousseau,
be frontal, be primitive. Be the lion

in your jungle. Dress yourself in
best Sunday’s black, and permit

your feet to rise on pavements.
Pause semaphores on their lines,

and strike intricacy to detail.
Be yourself, Henri, a vedutisti.

These poems/prose are draft versions, written in participation of Miz Quickly’s prompts (image prompt) and Writers’ Digest (Poetic Asides) November poem-a-day challenge. The aim: to produce a chapbook for submission. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. Images are ©Misky, and created using AI-Midjourney.

Note: This image was generated by feeding Rousseau’s painting into the AI bot. It decided that Henri was a handsome woman. The image so intrigued me, that gender means nothing to AI, that I decided to use it.

14 responses to “27 Nov: Q and PA Day 27”

  1. In my dreams I;m on Sl Louis.

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  2. I like your AI picture and your poem. She’s a strong, interesting woman.

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    1. Thanks. Josephine and Clémence’s names are on his painting palette. I thought I’d go with that angle.

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      1. I didn’t notice… sharp eye


  3. “be frontal, be primitive. Be the lion” – wonderful. And the AI part is super interesting! Art and poetry and AI commingling in a powerful palette.

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  4. Super cool about the ‘bot’s view of the picture. And like qbit I love the line about the lion. I’m a bit daft and don’t understand vedutisti. I love how observant you’ve been though – the names on the palette, the feet rising from the pavement, etc.

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    1. Thank you. Veduta: It’s a genre of painting landscapes. An artist who uses this technique is a vedutisti. If you’re interested, here more info and history on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veduta

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  5. Behind every successful man is a Clémence.
    Inspiring, Misky 🌹

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I had to google a few words here 😁


    1. Thank goodness for google! 😂

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      1. Google is my salvation 😂

        Liked by 1 person

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