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SELF-PORTRAIT


The painting arose partly out of my reading the work of Roy Campbell... introduction to his work by T.S. Eliot...

- Alex Colville


In this painting the horse is given preference.
Which is the way with tragic figures.
Destined to gallop headlong across the ties
      unsoftly into that harsh light
            toward closed
      parallel
Death.
Framed by twin rails so steeped in tradition
      there is no thought that favours perspective.
Still. At this juncture
      (where steam freezes
            & hooves never touch the ground)
One stares amazed & believes
/almost/
The guts of this crazy.
Fucker.
That obscures the real.
Cold villain.
Identifying nowhere.
All
Loco
Motive
Force
Vanishes