Notes for an Elegy (for Edward, 1948-2010)
God give the yellow man
an easy breeze at blossom time.
- Arna Bontemps
The lemons on the blue and white porcelain plate
placed according to
the rules he knew always
But the world never conceded,
never signed the treaty
of his painting.
All its wars killed him,
a distraught believer
sitting in Marat's bloody bath water,
like Gericault sketching in the morgue.
He saw more than was good for him
and remembered everything
this was not a blessing
and the glories that he fashioned
from the horrors
were no consolation
in the end.
Then what do we
do for hope?
We gave him over to his own untender mercies.
In the only dream I have had of him since he died
the room was full of books,
like his house
as dreams always slightly revise the familiar,
and a brightness
his last perfect lie.
Stephen Vincent Kobasa
May - December, 2010
And here are some images of Edward’s painting. Four (including the one above) are very recent and from a series of carpet paintings. Edward’s inspiration for these glorious works that are unfortunately not done justice by these photographs included the contemporary bombing of Baghdad, his growing knowledge of Islamic art, and his vision of light. There is also a painting that dates back to 1979, "Study for Entombed Figure. “ It was haunting then. It is even more haunting now.
To see and learn more about Edward’s paintings, please contact Mr. Paul Sartini at firstname.lastname@example.org