Winter 1990 • Vol. XII No. 1 Poetry |

Theory of Flight: 1908

for Barry Weller  Dear Gertrude, I was intrigued to meet Leo's new friend—we read, of course,  his fantastic farrago about our Matisse in this year's Salon,  and though such comparisons with Carpaccio, etc., seem irrelevant—  how does "space composition" account for the flat joy of those colors?—  far be it from me to impede the progress of a man with nothing more  to say for today's painters  than that the best have only the originality of incompetence!  I asked him here for the day: Matisse always comes for tea and a stroll,  and has not Mr. Berenson claimed in print: "How very like to mine  his faculties, his principles"? Judge for yourself, before that mountebank  blurs the lens with his scheming blague: the man is not to be deterred  (by any regard for mere truth)  from his self-approbation; at forty, he is sharp as a packet  of needles, quick as lightning, and capable of seducing God. Still,  what happened was noteworthy, and I prefer

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