Summer 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1957 |

Neither Black nor White

Lloyd Parks NEITHER BLACK NOR WHITE Visibly morality is not So much gradation Of black and white As juxtaposition Of many colors. In Renoir's late and famous nudes No trace of smutch Though earlier he used Too freely of pitch Which is why his early works darken and crack, But another painter, Almost a saint, Fixed for all time The truth. C&anne painted nature as Ninety-eight per-cent gray, And the mystery, the mastery Was to find the various In apparent Sameness Without recourse to shocking, pure color Or to symbolic White.

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