Owl – a poem by Sylvia Plath
Clocks belled twelve. Main street showed otherwise
Than its suburb of woods : nimbus—-
Lit, but unpeopled, held its windows
Of wedding pastries,
Diamond rings, potted roses, fox-skins
Ruddy on the wax mannequins
In a glassed tableau of affluence.
From deep-sunk basements
What moved the pale, raptorial owl
Then, to squall above the level
Of streetlights and wires, its wall to wall
Wingspread in control
Of the ferrying currents, belly
Dense-feathered, fearfully soft to
Look upon? Rats’ teeth gut the city
Shaken by owl cry.
The molotov cocktail of menace and mystery encapsulated in the owl fascinates everyone. Captivatingly beautiful, startlingly lethal, they are quite unlike any other creature. Their ethereal association with the night and the moon only adds to its allure. Disapproving Owl is almost a staring competition twixt the owl and the viewer – a defiant ‘I dare you to look away first’ challenge.
Like the disapproving owl that was my subject, this piece demanded my singular attention until I had completed it and it is possibly the most swiftly executed work I have undertaken. The puncturing gaze of the disapproving owl seeks to disarm the viewer, unsettle them, make them hesitant to turn their back to it.
Disapproving Owl is an exploration of tension – did I create the owl or did it demand that I create it?
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