For 20 years WITS and the Menil Collection have worked closely in a project that weaves together art and writing, and the experience has been evocative for students and WITS writers alike. WITS Executive Director Robin Reagler is organizing an event on Sunday at 2pm in the Menil’s Twombly Gallery for poets who have been inspired by the abstract art of Cy Twombly. Many of these writers have taught with WITS in the past. Join us for this free event and hear new work by:
You are walking through the woods and you see a house. You do not know why it is there and what is inside, but there is something inside you that tells you, you must not enter. There is something else in you that tells you to enter; it could be an adventure.
So you decide to go in and you find the door open. You are a little scared. You go
in and you find chalk marks on the board and you try to erase them, but they do not erase. You look at them.
An hour passes and you are inspired. On one side, you find chalk and you begin to draw with it, and it is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen in your entire life. You become famous. So you use chalk more, and all of the drawings you make are in that house. You continue to stay famous.
by Abigail, 3rd grade (inspired by Cy Twombly at the Menil Collection)
I went away, into a dark
tunnel and could not get out.
I was calling for help,
trying to find someone
who would guide me to
find my way out. I was
trying to go over to the bright
side and find someone
who would lead me
and love me for who I was
in real life. Someone to take me
out of this tunnel
and lead me up to the real world.
I would let them see the other side
of me, a side that they’ve never seen
before, the amazing beauty in me.
Lecture and Reading: Josef Helfenstein and Edward Snow Cy Twombly/Painting Poems
December 8, 2009
In a literary program accompanying the rare showing of Cy Twombly’s Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), Menil Director Josef Helfenstein will speak briefly about the artist’s use of the words of poet Rainer Maria Rilke in his canvases. Rice University Professor Edward Snow, recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for his Rilke translations and the Academy of American Poets Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, will read from his newly released bilingual edition of The Poetry of Rilke. A book signing will follow.