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Guernica | painting by Pablo Picasso

 

Guernica
Celebration of modern fascism
Horrific devastation in the Basque town of Guernica
Monochrome grisaille
Crawling analysis of the violent reaction of man to the very question of the order of the matador

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Guernica
Man looking downward
Crutches breaking the irrational collage of biomorphic shapes
Art is evident in the image of the Bull
Blinds over the window
Democracy of Bulls
Forthcoming centenary of the moon bisected by a razor
Terrified women
Death speaks the new language of man
Photomontage drawn from the Tibetan Book of the Dead

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Guernica
Theatre of the fragment
Psychiatric ward north of the Atlas of grief
Moon tears placed between text and tableau vivant
Previous lie on the edge of the coherent symbol
Newsreels
Violent reaction of man to the schemes of bombing of the market day
Mithraic, mythological, monochrome grisaille
Paint is the diamond of agony
Kahlo denied being a surrealist bomb in the hand of a Spanish matador
Mutability of pain
Black rain in the Basque town of Guernica
Democracy of bulls

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Guernica
Bull is evident in the image of the bull
Night of putrid snores
Forthcoming analysis of the violent reaction of man to the question of the order of the bull
Sacrifice on narrative
Illusive documentation of Picasso’s lover
Forms resembling possibility of scales
Bull fighters on heat
Democracy of bulls
Dark room
Parallel gloom
Existential practice
Cave of man in the cave of man
Man counting the futility of man in the affairs of man
Democracy of bulls
Minotaur chanting the ultimate anthem of bullfighting
Democracy of bulls

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Guernica
Violent reaction of man to the irrational collage of biomorphic forms
Previous lie on the symbol of agony
Art is evident in the image of the bull
Matador placed between text and tableau vivant
Monochrome grisaille
Breast of bull, scrotum of cow
Mithraic, mythological, monochrome grisaille
Barbarian goddess
Tree trunks drifting into the rock of bones
Democracy of bulls
Banderillero on a bull
Monochrome grisaille

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Guernica
Man quantifying the futility of bullfighting for man
Woman is the avatar of man
Bullfighters on heat
Democracy of bulls
Man is the painter of the evening of peace
Le meyer el torros del hombre
Incoherent fascism
Fallen blood
Death speaks the new language of man
Le meyer el torros del hombre
Banderillero on heat
Mithraic, mythological, monochrome grisaille
Poet as matador seeking meaning in the grey shadow of pain
Monochrome grisaille
Fascist blood
Incoherent fall
Man speaks the new language of death
Democracy of bulls
Mithraic, mythological, monochrome grisaille

 

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About the Author

Umar Abubakar Sidi is the author of the poetry collection, The Poet of Dust (KonyaShamsRumi). His work has appeared in Brittle Paper, Jalada and elsewhere. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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