Schutz show coming to a close.
Heard poet Paul Guest give a reading amongst all those drawings.
Schutz, "Untitled," 2005, Gouache and Ink on Paper, 14"x20"
His poems start with a particular question or thought. If you could interview Godzilla what would you ask?
A drawing by Schutz starts with a question too.
Schutz, "Swim, Smoke, Cry," Detail, 2010, Gouache and Ink on Paper, 38"x50"
How do you depict someone swimming, crying, and smoking?
Schutz, "Untitled," 2008, Ink on Paper, 19"x25"
NOTES FOR MY BODY DOUBLE
by Paul Guest
The plot hole by which you must enter in
to the story is a doozy, a real humdinger,
if you will, and it is all made of fire,
the way the stars are made of fire,
though we dream them to be utterly cold
and prickly with a sad light. Nothing
ever stops in my world to hear me
singing to you. I have always loved you,
sweet twin, beloved doppelgänger,
alien lump of word in my mouth,
language I spent three years learning
only to forget when it grew too hard
the phrases that meant something:
Dear, I am your long lost butter cookie;
and, I am sorry, it was accidental,
but I have dipped the poodle in laudanum.
Let us do away with digression
for the night, though to me
it has always seemed the heart’s core,
and think on our motivation
for the lines to follow:
the suddenness of our sorrow is shocking
and the day is hollowed out
and here at this moment,
this crucial hinge of the breaking heart,
I think of the day years ago
when I was a boy and came upon my uncle,
a fish’s tail clamped in his teeth,
tearing the skin from the fish with such force
I could hear it —
and I felt so strange and empty
I have never spoken of it
to anyone, or let myself on a day
whole with sun think of it.
What he was doing, and why,
I never asked; there is never
an answer large enough for a world
so huge with meanness.
And I was pulled from myself
but couldn’t feel a thing,
and this is your motivation,
mirrored self, speaking back
the words I make wrongly,
lifting the heavy, crude lot of anything
I can’t. You must know me
exactly, apart from yourself,
to give back to the world what I can’t.
You must know the angles
of light so well the shadows
will accept you like a brother.
You must not choke back my breath
when the ashes on the wind
blind even the birds in the trees.
Schutz, "Poke," Detail, 2010, Ink on Paper, 20"x18"