Cy Twombly, 'Quattro Stagioni: Inverno' 1993-5

Cy Twombly
Quattro Stagioni: Inverno 1993-5
Acrylic, oil, and pencil on canvas
support: 3135 x 2210 x 35 mm frame: 3229 x 2300 x 67 mm
Purchased with assistance from the American Fund for the Tate Gallery and Tate Members 2002© The estate of Cy Twombly

This July Tamar Yoseloff presents a poem written exclusively for Tate Etc., Cryptographer, based on Cy Twombly’s Quattro Stagioni: Inverno, the Winter season from Quattro Stagioni (A Painting in Four Parts) This work is not currently on display in the galleries but can be found in the Tate Collection online

Lorraine Mariner also presents her poem, Hesitate, based on Bridget Riley’s work of the same name. This work is currently on display in Tate Liverpool and other works by the same author can be viewed on the Tate Collection online.

Cryptographer
by Tamar Yoseloff

I string together little fables
in a language no one understands.

So much wounds me.
I wite it down, cross it out:

a formula for contentedness -
instead so much violence

They could kill me with a look

You come to me in dreams
blurred touch of you hand

Your name scrawled on every wall.
Your shadow stalks me.

How we got here I don’t know,
there is nowher else.

Winter obliterates us, dizzy light,
our white youth

Bridget Riley, 'Hesitate' 1964

Bridget Riley
Hesitate 1964
Oil on canvas
support: 1067 x 1124 mm frame: 1155 x 1100 x 54 mm
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1985© 2006 Bridget Riley. All rights reserved.

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Hesitate
by  Lorraine Mariner

Don’t let those black
full-stops get the better
of what you’ve got.

Cut yourself some slack,
give yourself some shades
of grey

on a wave
that might just take you
beyond the end of the line.