“MUSE ONE: Pantera Linda"

”Muse One: Pantera Linda” is a photographic selection of fifty images celebrating beauty and eroticism as a primal inspirational source. Muse One is the initial edition in a series released by California artist Marques Vickers. The photographic images become emblematic of celebratory poetry by the artist released in his edition “Unicorns and Dark Chocolate”:

while you slumber
let us speak
on the river of love
which one would surely
without resistance

Muses in Greek mythology, poetry and literature, were the goddesses of the inspiration for literature, science and the arts.

speak softly
amidst the faintest of tones
the cobalt twilight
of shadowy words
sinking along the ribboned horizon
of a the slender nape
barren neckline
unscathed by embrace, imprint

They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture, that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.

beauty assumes the guise of many faces
the grace and pause
of silent introspection
a trace of bliss
amidst a downcast face
the withheld kiss
hesitation towards intimacy
as you widen your window
cautiously, slightly
the radiance of beauty
is the silhouette exposed

They consisted of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne and were sometimes referred to as water nymphs, associated with the springs of Helicon and with Pieris.

my anxious kiss

we want that love
defying translation
wordy explanation
or maybe just romance
amidst a calloused age
mocking trite convention
in spite of itself
words devalue expression
sharpening the ax of my internal mirror

Greek mousa is a common noun as well as a type of goddess: literally meaning art or poetry.

i do not love singularly
the act of love is duality
the soul too vast a continent
to encase the heart
i am fidel to love
fidel to its twain and twinned

The photography in Vickers’ “Muse One: Pantera Linda” elevates visual music, thought and language. 

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