Life's Dramas - Poem by gershon hepner
Life’s dramas rarely are as hellish
as those most poets will embellish
in verses that, despite their leaven,
will not help them rise up to heaven,
imagination which they stir no
release while they’re in their inferno.
However much they may inspire
the fans turned on to cool their fire,
their drama generally obscures
life, turned into non sequitur.
Inspired by Frank Whitford’s review in the TLS, December 18 & 25,2009 of the letters of Vincent Van Gogh, edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker (“Dark Powers”) :
Max Liebermann, the Berlin Impressionist whose pictures Vincent Van Gogh admitted, wisely warned that “The drama of [Van Gogh’s] life did not embellish but obscure the value of his work.”
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