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(Here’s an image of James Rosenquist that appeared in a New Yorker review by Peter Schjeldahl Oct. 27, 2003. It was photographed by Dennis Hopper, in a billboard factory in Los Angeles in 1964. We like it better upside down. Notice Rosenquist’s resemblance to a young Andy Warhol this way.)

We liked what Schjeldahl had to say, but we stopped short at this sentence and had an epiphany. This sentence, written by a poet, is really a haiku in disguise. Here’s the original sentence:

“A recent painting in the Guggenheim show, the gigantic “The Stowaway Peers Out at the Speed of Light” (2000), seventeen feet high by forty-six feet long, is a congeries of swirling, crumpled, highlight-bedizened, unindentifiable shapes pulled flat by uniformly fuzzed brushwork.”

Here’s the haiku:

A recent painting

in the Guggenhim show, the

gigantic “The Stow-

away Peers Out at

the Speed of Light” (2000),

seventeen feet high

by forty-six feet

long, is a congeries of

swirling, crumpled, high-

light-bedizened, un-

indentifiable shapes

pulled flat by uni-

formly fuzzed brush work.

It is beautiful.

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