Nude descending a staircase 1937
Stare and the cels coalesce
into streaming nudeness,
built of raw spilt, sprayed
into filmic chute, the fluming Muse,
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.