This ironically titled poem is inspired by Eadweard J. Muybridge’s studies in motion photography of living creatures. Muybridge experimented with different ways of capturing the motion of living beings using a variety of photographic technologies and joining individual photographs to create animated sequences. With the image rotation interface he creates for this poem, juxtaposed with the rhyming lines of verse that are displayed on a loop (a rotation in time), LeMay poem leads us to reflect on the stillness and motion, time and space, the body and its representation. The looping sounds of a heartbeat and the ticking of a clock triggered by mousing over images are a reminder that there is no such thing as stillness in life.
Inspired by and built on Piet Mondrian’s artwork, Eric LeMay writes a poem that reacts with the surface it is written upon. Different sections in the painting and color are used to structure lines of verse, in a way that represents two voices in conversation. One of the voices wants a heron in the work, while the other one is more concerned with the aesthetics of De Stijl, which don’t leave much room for natural elements, such as herons. The poem uses a restrained sense of humor to create play between meanings of words (such as “eye” and “I”), abstraction and representation, and the senses used to experience the rich textures of Mondrian’s paintings.