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For Howard Gardener, Arthur Kemelman and Mike Rogerson


How I envy them to make with their fingers

precisely what their imaginations

and knowledge dictates! I have watched for hours

a plasterer creating surfaces

smooth as silk, a bricklayer building

an oriel window. I have three

disparate friends, each of them a stranger

to the others, but with this common skill.

One inlays turned olive wood with the green

of malachite, the blue of lapis

and the brilliance of gold leaf. Another,

to classic specifications, fashions

a guitar, constructs a steam engine.

The third is a surrealist sculptor

in paper, a dada master of drawing,

a pointillist painter of the absurd.

They are perfectionists, enamoured,

respectful of the materials they use,

heirs to such long traditions.



Note: Howard Gardener –, Arthur Kemelman –




© Copyright David Selzer
2 Responses
  • John Huddart
    July 5, 2016

    Three magi/magicians, expertly described by a fourth.

  • Mary Clark
    July 5, 2016

    All art is done with our hands (or feet or mouth & teeth if no hands). It is our way of imprinting our souls on the world. I use the word ‘soul’s to mean the inner innocence which flows out intuitively and spontaneously in these occupations.

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