Sarich–dVerse Poetics

Yesterday, at dVerse Poetics, Mark Kerstetter invited us to go wild. An image of Basquiat’s work prompted me to visit another contemporary artist, Michael Sarich, who is an art professor here at the University of Nevada, Reno and who, a couple of years ago, had a feature exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art. His work is packed with symbolism. To better understand my poem, check out this link to our museum’s Docent Depot.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarich

Symbol-charged,
ou plunge
deep into water,
touch creative
impulse—
wild visions
of truth.

Turtle
you draw with-
in, find meaning,
reach out,
fish
in cultural currents.
Commercialization
de-means
religious icon-
ography
with Mickey
Mouse idealization.

Grasp hold of that beach
ball, keep afloat
in seas of abuse,
confused ex-
pression of
paternal lov-
ing fury.

Too bad Hitler
de-meaned
su-
asti-
ka.
corRUPTion
of well-
being.

Tonight
snuggle in your nest
fight demons
that threaten to
de-
story
your work, your
(Yours truly), BE-
ing.

Michael is fighting a degenerative neurological disorder. This doesn’t keep him from conducting classes and continuing to pursue his work. I had the privilege of attending a one-day drawing class that he gave at the museum during the exhibit.