L had to look up towans not speaking Kernewek says 'sand dunes' or you don't
mean rather more prosaic holiday homes holiday homes?? I like the brushwork
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Subject: St Ives Bay from Barnoon just after dawn
Sky sponged in with exceeding white, softening as it mixes. Scratches in
the underlying board brought out by paint running in.
Up to the first few degrees above the horizon, it's brighter than the sea;
a solitary boat a single mark in an exposed patch of gesso. There, nothing
has changed pictorially, ever, a calm sea a calm sea. Close under the
quay, there's thick shadow broken by an all-white sailing boat.
Birds feed on submerging sand.
A flaw in the baseboard might be a chain or rope visible through the
shallow water. Marker buoys wobble very slightly among the floating gulls.
Another wash of light forgets what it is laid on.
The sun climbs from towans, highlighting a vertical con-trail radiating
from its centre along with cloud ribbon.
UNFRAMED GRAPHICS by Lawrence Upton
42 pages; A5 paperback; colour cover
Writers Forum 978 1 84254 277 4
Dept of Music
Goldsmiths, University of London