Miro’s “Still Life with Old Shoe”, By Michael Minassian

Miro’s “Still Life with Old Shoe”
By Michael Minassian

An old shoe
burnt leather
and weeping laces
alone on one corner—
on the left,
the apple, Eve’s fruit,
sex and juice and seeds
pierced by a fork—
behind the shoe
a loaf of bread
baked with flour
and pulverized bones
the bottle of wine
bitter as blood
half empty
half formed—
I prefer the soft edges
of the canvas,
the hidden hand
of the artist
beyond the horizon
of the table:
the catastrophe
of the everyday,
helpless against the flames
and shadows—
the marginalia of life.


My process: In 2015, I saw two exhibitions of Miró’s paintings: one at his Home and Museum in Mallorca, Spain and the second in San Antonio, Texas. I was fascinated by his evolution as an artist and the diversity of his art. This painting seemed different from his other work and I was reminded of the description of Miró as the “assassin of painting.”

Michael Minassian is a Contributing Editor for Verse-Virtual, an online magazine. His chapbooks include poetry: The Arboriculturist (2010) and photography: Around the Bend (2017). For more information: https://michaelminassian.com

Editor’s note: Michael’s poem will appear in a new release by Red Wolf Editions, Time Is A River Without Banks, an Ekphrastic Poetry edition. If you wish to submit, you can do so by end February 2019. Submit to redwolfeditions@gmail.com Submission guidelines here.

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