Fragments of Desire

Fragments of desire is the fifth volume of selected verse by Shänne Sands.

The other volumes are:

Fidelity is for Swans

The Silver Hooves

Moonlight on Words

Night Song

      • Publisher : Footsteps Press (2 Mar. 2012)
      • Language : English
      • Paperback : 42 pages
      • ISBN-13 : 978-0956634962
      • Dimensions : 13.97 x 0.25 x 21.59 cm

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So Vincent you were consumed by sunflowers –
Nothing in the red-poppy fields assuaged
Your madness only made it worse –

You were caught, held between a violent sunset
And the twisted smile of an alley-whore.
You loved humanity for it suffered
But you loathed people and their lies –

For you the butterfly or snail
Dipped their existence into your paints
Touched your loneliness, dried your tears –

Ah! Vincent, the artist bleeds.
Poets die before believed –
Your pictures were but post-cards
Saying, ‘Wish you were here’ to a host
Of cold creatures who never see
The sunflower as a temple
Or the poppy as a god –

You found the torment and knew
That at the tip of your paint-brush
You held the world hostage –

Your madness was art being difficult
Your hurt now hangs on walls
Instead of in your heart –

Be still your sorrow –
Pictures are your yellow-fields
And silent ransom the price we pay
For your bullet wound –

Elizabeth Harvey, literary Critic
It is the gift of a special writer to be able to convey in words what she has seen and felt herself so that her readers see and feel what she has seen and felt.