I mentioned in my post a couple of days ago that my student Courtney sent two postcards, and the second arrived before the first. I received the first postcard today!
It appropriately detailed (as much as can be squeezed onto a postcard) her early musings about her life in France. And it features one of my favorite French artists, Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse.
If you’ve been following my blog for at least a few years, you might remember my sharing the work of 16 little Matisses that imitate his collage style.
La Chute d’Icare [The Fall of Icarus], from Matisse’s “cut-outs” period of his late career, illustrates the tale of Icarus, the son of Daedalus who ignored his father’s warning and with wax wings flew too close to the sun. Matisse masterfully captured Icarus’ fall through the sky to the sea.
Courtney might know I have a ‘thing” for Greek mythology (re)interpreted in art and literature. Here are a few Icarus poems worth reading:
- William Carlos Williams’ “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus,” and W. H. Auden’s “Musée des Beaux Arts,” both written in “response” to Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel’s “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus”
- Edward Field–“Icarus”
- Anne Sexton reading “To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph”
- Saeed Jones–Daedalus, After Icarus
I think I’ll write a poem this weekend that recasts the story of Icarus in my own way. I already have a title, “Fly, Baby, Fly.” I’ll include it in my reply to Court.