About this work

Convolotus alchemelia (Quiet-willow window)

Oil on canvas
56 x 66 in.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.  Promised gift of Pamela M. and Robert B. Goergen



"Convolotus alchemelia (Quiet-willow window)"
by Brenda Shaughnessy



smoke veil tissuing              in my thin
sugar, spread-veined & still
           so green-legged           for jumping through

Echo's silver glass to this
                                               temple of birdrush
                          crushed, edges smudged to blur

the violetly-loved body.     There

             you would               hear me.        




This poem was written to title and accompany the painting in the book 
Another Language of Flowers (New York: George Braziller 1998).

In her own words...