"Mind of the Demagogue"
We cannot know his legendary head
with eyes like ripening fruit...
here there is no place
that does not see you.
You must change your life.
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Archaic Torso of Apollo
Mark Doty, explaining Rilke's celebrated poem: "...It's an experience of standing before a figure of a god, but in the 20th century. This god is broken, this god's head isn't there. The speaker tries to make a connection, attempts to link himself to that source, even broken or lost, of authority, power, vision."
TITLE - "Mind of the Demagogue"
WHERE - Bust of Benito Mussolini, resembling Donald Trump, Port Moody, B.C. (2017)