Victory after Cy Twombly – A Winning Essay in the Art Writing Contest!

[Dear Readers, today we begin publishing the essays of the 16 finalists in the New Art Writing Challenge Contest! Here is the third of four articles we publish today on Artblog and the St. Claire.  Thanks to all those who participated, submitting more than 70 articles. And thanks to our jurors — Hrag Vartanian, Abigail Satinsky and Nell McClister — who picked the winners. We are energized by all the wonderful writing that was submitted and know you will enjoy reading it! — the Artblog editors]

Winner of the Prize for 100 words or less

after Cy Twombly
By Danielle Susi

black and white photo of abstract sculpture
Victory; conceived 1987, cast 2005; by Cy Twombly (© Cy Twombly Foundation) Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art website

I ask you to latch on with your half-bow. To let a base serve as foot stomped solidly, cast in comparison to the bright red of fifty days spent. One part chariot, one part rising sun. All parts weathered war horse raging. In the final year of a siege a forgotten golden apple rots.

Danielle Susi is the author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (dancing girl press, 2015). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Knee­Jerk Magazine, Hobart, and The Rumpus, among many other publications. She is a columnist for pioneertown and Entropy; a contributor to American Microreviews & Interviews, The Conversant, and The Angle; and the co­editor of HOUND. She received her MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Newcity has named her among the Top 5 Emerging Chicago Poets.