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Candle Hat

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In most self-portraits it is the face that dominates:
Cezanne is a pair of eyes swimming in brushstrokes,
Van Gogh stares out of a halo of swirling darkness,
Rembrant looks relieved as if he were taking a breather
from painting The Blinding of Sampson.

But in this one Goya stands well back from the mirror
and is seen posed in the clutter of his studio
addressing a canvas tilted back on a tall easel.
He appears to be smiling out at us as if he knew
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Larry Lynch 05 March 2021
The dripping of melted candlewax must have burned his gown and shoulders. That is artistic dedication.
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Khairul Ahsan 29 September 2020
Imaginations at its peak! 'You can only wonder what it would be like to be wearing such a chandelier on your head as if you were a walking dining room or concert hall.' - What an imaginative idea! Brilliant!
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Mahtab Bangalee 29 September 2020
illuminated in the blaze of his famous candle hat.....imagine thru this candle hat the life of past, the life of conjugal happiness, the life of lost friendship; imagine the happiest moment of life thru this candle hat with the birthday smiling- it will be last shelter center of nowadays life; beautiful poem shared; I enjoyed
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Savita Tyagi 29 September 2020
Ok I found the picture of Goya with his hat. Definitely very creative! Like today’s mine workers having light on their helmets. Times change but human genius always moving forward.
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Savita Tyagi 29 September 2020
I would have to search the Internet to find that picture of Goya to decide it’s not just Billy Collins imagination. In today’s world this hat would be called a fire hazard! The world is different now. But if Goya really had a hat like that I would admire this creative genius even more.
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Dr Antony Theodore 29 September 2020
He appears to be smiling out at us as if he knew we would be amused by the extraordinary hat on his head which is fitted around the brim with candle holders, a device that allowed him to work into the night A very fine poem. tony
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L Milton Hankins 29 September 2020
Billy, I really like your poem. It has a hint of jocularity while educating us about the habits of a great painter. Wonderful imagery.
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Edward Kofi Louis 29 September 2020
Painting yourself! ! ! ! But, she saw the glow! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Excellent poem deserving notice of readers including Ph members
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Harley White 29 September 2020
Wonderful poem which inspired me to look up and gaze at Goya's 'Self-Portrait in the Workshop'. Thank you for posting it!
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