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Nude descending a staircase 1937

Stare and the cels coalesce
into streaming nudeness,
one staircascade
built of raw spilt, sprayed
into filmic chute, the fluming Muse,
kinetic, prophetic:
torso, gait, fluid gender
en passant as descender.

 

In response to Marcel Duchamp's 'Nude descending a staircase (no 2)' 1912.


See the artwork that inspired this poem in the flesh, along with more than 100 of Marcel Duchamp’s world-renowned pieces, in ‘The Essential Duchamp’ exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 April – 11 August 2019.


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