Winter 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 1 Department KR: A Section of Briefer CommentJanuary 1, 1968 |

A Five-Sense Psyche

When I was twelve, I spent a lot of Saturdays at the museum, staring at the Corots. Until recently, in the reflective paternalism of memory, I had gauged those half-dull, mindlessly brown reveries as the first clear signs of an aesthetic feeling separate from all the other lymphatic swellings of the adolescent self. It would be possible, of course, to interpret into that communion with those cobweb Barbizon forests, landscapes carefully dreaming as only the nineteenth century could dream, the first properly saloniste stirrings of sex. Fortunately, my fantasies in that direction took place in quite another red room of verse, sound, sobs, and touch, all floating with the naked human figure, male and mine, in which I had as yet no interest one could call classical. No, what I was seeing in those paintings, and with the exquisite recognition of relief, was something much more literal than either case--the trees. At the time, of course, I must already have been suffering from some sensib

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