The game changed when race became fluid
And you learned to fry catfish in Chile
Before Lorna Simpson was shown at Sean’s gallery
Her “Cloud, 2005” praised by ArtSpace®
Hal Foster calling it signifier of cultural discourse
After Rosalind Krauss wrote the work is gray on a gray field.
The “serigraph on felt” inspired like e-streams
Disrupting abstract projects
But Mykki Blanco’s poems had interpretive power
Inhabiting non-binary boxes—
Like Selk’nam women doing the work of men.
Nam Chau’s mordant memory of Germany
Presaged climate change
Though poets were making plastic art
While children in Beijing died from toxic air.
You saw paintings you needed to have
And good taste has taken you far
But it’s time to move forward—
Avoid protest art
And weigh the cost of each installation.
¹Inspired by Art in America (December 2006)
Bio: Clara B. Jones practices poetry in Silver Spring, MD (USA). As a woman of color, she writes about the Arts, Sciences, Technology, and the Environment and conducts research on experimental poetry, as well as, radical publishing. Clara is author of four chapbooks, and her poetry, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in various venues.