“Brancusi’s Golden Bird” by Mina Loy

Brancusi’s Golden Bird

by Mina Loy

 

The toy
       become the aesthetic archetype

 

As if
       some patient peasant God
       had rubbed and rubbed
       the Alpha and Omega
       of Form
       into a lump of metal

       

       A naked orientation

       unwinged    unplumed
           —the ultimate rhythm
       has lopped the extremities
       of crest and claw
       from
       the nucleus of flight

       

       The absolute act
       of art
       conformed
       to continent sculpture
       —bare as the brow of Osiris—
       this breast of revelation

      

       an incandescent curve
       licked by chromatic flames
       in labyrinths of reflections

       

       This gong
       of polished hyperaesthesia
       shrills with brass
       as the aggressive light
       strikes
       its significance

       

       The immaculate
       conception
       of the inaudible bird
       occurs
       in gorgeous reticence…

 

 

Source: “Brancusi’s Golden Bird” by Mina Loy

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