Swallow The Bait - Poem by Sadiqullah Khan
He preaches, a service on lips, tongue's no bones,
Quick from the door of a brothel house,
Fanged snake like, venomous, spread on all alike,
Habit never breaks, a take on mores, inappropriate.
He thus taketh away, an edge, by sharp measure,
Or they for the girl, of a highest achieve -
Simple satire, why her face was not burned in acid.
Beggars of centuries, diminutive in culture
Rise above, nor history, learn from infame of predecessor.
Swallow the bait, or develop, satire's swift blade,
Honor and dignity, repository to whom?
‘I don't want to get into the gutter
With this guy', Said General Eisenhower to McCarthy.
When alls gone to the gutters, how you stand,
Whilst a drop of impurity, white dresses importune.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
In 1941, American photographer Philippe Halsman met the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí in New York City and they began to collaborate in the late 1940s. The 1948 work Dali Atomicus explores the idea of suspension, depicting three cats flying, water thrown from a bucket, an easel, a footstool and Salvador Dalí all seemingly suspended in mid-air. The title of the photograph is a reference to Dalí's work Leda Atomica (at that which can be seen in the right of the photograph behind the two cats.) Halsman reported that it took 28 attempts to be satisfied with the result. This is the unretouched version of the photograph that was published in LIFE magazine. In this version the wires suspending the easel and the painting, the hand of the assistant holding the chair and the prop holding up the footstool can still be seen. The frame on the easel is still empty. The copyright for this photo was registered with the U.S. Copyright Office but according to the U.S. Library of Congress was not renewed, putting it in the public domain in the United States and countries which adopted the rule of the shorter term. TITLE Salvador Dali A CALL NUMBER PH - Halsman (P.) , no.14 (AA size) [P&P] REPRODUCTION NUMBER LC-DIG-ppmsca-09633 (digital file from original photograph) RIGHTS INFORMATION No known restrictions on publication. No renewal found in Copyright Office. SUMMARY Portrait photograph of Salvador Dali, including objects, cats, and water caught in surreal motion. MEDIUM 1 photographic print: gelatin silver. CREATED/PUBLISHED c1948. CREATOR Halsman, Philippe, photographer. NOTES J3769 U.S. Copyright Office Title from item. Image also published as Dali Atomicus. SUBJECTS Dalí, Salvador, - 1904-1989. Cats- 1940-1950. Water- 1940-1950. Surrealism- 1940-1950. FORMAT Portrait photographs 1940-1950. Gelatin silver prints 1940-1950. OTHER TITLE Dali atomicus. REPOSITORY Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.20540 USA DIGITAL ID (digital file from original photograp) Wikipedia
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