Before the Borderless:
Dean Rader/Cy Twombly


Eternal Return

Cy Twombly, Untitled, 1963–1964, Rome. Pencil, wax crayon, colored pencil, ink, pen ballpoint; 50 x 60 cm. Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Paris, St. Moritz. © Cy Twombly Foundation. Photograph by Jochen Littkemann.


This evening the sun seems
                                                                             to lie down inside itself
everything clicks on from within
                                                                             even as it draws its way into the margins
angels as they do emerge
                                                                             from their shadows / cut and cloudlike
across the curve
                                                                             of color and swirl
like the soar of voices
                                                                             over arc and echo—
sky-smudge / sky-scrawl
                                                                             blue bruise / red rip
gouge and gash
                                                                             both wound and wound


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