nothing in the news for days.
Ilya Kabakov passed away just last Saturday
no obituaries anywhere
that I can see on a google search
apart from Moscow and a couple of art magazines.
the greatest living artist
so many decreed. over decades
our greatest artist
was roared from columns everywhere
what was his crime
that you couldnt announce his death
even briefly, American newspapers of note.
foreign ones as well: dead silence. AP?
is it because he unfortunately died
on Memorial Day weekend and you couldnt interrupt the bbqs?
that you cant seem to gather the wit
to print just one lament
or are you purging him
from the files.
his whimsical smile?
what's going on here
are you disappearing him
a la Orwell
did he start the war on Ukraine from Long Island
brush in hand? He and Emilia are both from Ukraine
and it wouldnt matter anyway if they weren't
or do you just not give a damn anymore.
a great, even immortal artist has passed on
as if by international fiat.
WHO'S GIVING THE ORDERS HERE
TO MAKE OUR ILYA DISAPPEAR?
mary angela douglas 29-30 may 2023
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem