"For Sutherland's Churchill"
"Triptych of the Lost Kandinskys, 1992"
Jacob McArthur Mooney
Jacob McArthur Mooney's books are The New Layman's Almanac (2008), Folk (2011), and Don't be Interesting (2016), all from different permutations of McCelland & Stewart. He lives in Toronto.
"These are from a sequence of ekphrastic poems I'm writing after works of art that I've never seen, and that few if any living people have seen, because they've been lost to fire, theft, war, or the misunderstanding that they were never art. They are reconstructed ekphrastics.
"The sonnet is after Graham Sutherland's infamous portrait of Winston Churchill that was so hated by its subject it was hidden away and eventually destroyed.
"The triptych is after three Kandinsky paintings that were burned after exhibition in the Nazi Degenerate Art Exhibit. This poem is set in 1992, when the paintings would have hit the public domain."