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Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage)

Oil on canvas
38 x 51 in.


"Pictor mysteriosa (Burnt Umbrage)"
by Adrienne Rich

Pistil, stamen and bract
but never abstract:
the flower becomes the eye
we see her by.

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

J. D. McClatchy recorded a reading of this poem on April 17, 2015 (see below).


In her own words...