I painted myself red so they won’t see my uneasiness when they look at me UGLY woman.
Not a woman a failure of the creation a worm who killed the butterfly a grimace of the gender. A fist knocking a sealed door a parcel never collected a letter left on a bench in a rainy day a cheap bucket of daisies
in a dirty car a sex act hurried up. But then you. You say
I am for you the most beautiful woman in the world and I. I believe you
as an UGLY woman laughes at life and collects dreams.
Poem and painting by Paola Tavoletti
I portray the feeling of disappearing beauty over 50 in my poem, Without Beauty.
Art is a very important part of my life. It is my connection to the world. Creating with words and images is like cutting the surface of my skin to have the blood of my ideas spray onto other people. My dream is to create a flow of communication between people living anywhere on this planet, belonging to any social level and any class. In fact, I address human beings as persons irrespective of their social class. The world belongs to everyone. Social justice means giving everyone the right to express ideas.It requires giving all ideas our respect, even when we do not share them. Artists should create links, not fractures, and look for those bits of truth hidden below the haze. Artists should not seek society’s approval. Instead, they should show the world multiple, different, and new ways to look at reality. Some of my images address loneliness and the thunderstorms of life. To me, it is through destruction and sorrow that a new light can be seen, somewhere beyond the wall. Sometimes these bridges to new horizons are hard to build and our days project long, dark shadows. To come to terms with the fractures inside ourselves, and to collect and examine all the signs that life has carved into our bodies, minds and souls, is a challenging journey. To me, the life we have lived is the subject matter. It can not be disregarded. As an artist, I use this matter as the paste of my paintings, to give life to my images.
Editor’s Note: We are celebrating National Poetry Month this month. Poem-a-Day, delivers poetry directly to your in-box. Poem-in-your-pocket is celebrated on April 27. Think of it as having an Ace in your pocket for the day! The United States Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003, Billy Collins said in his 2012 Ted Talk, “It’s a good thing to get poetry off the shelves and more into public life. Start a meeting with a poem. That would be an idea you might take with you.” So take a poem with you every day throughout the month of April. Or read one here!