MAG Poetry Competition 2010 – Shortlisted Poem

The Theft

by Stephen Brown

After I was arrested for the theft of the Mona Lisa,
I sent Henri to extract the clean blank space,
to take back what we had created
and what was rightfully mine.
Being an apprentice, he left a rough-hewn
gap, an obscure piece,
arcane, neglected even,
in place of the place.
He brought it to me in my cell.
A painting-sized hole.
The critics called it pure escapism.

Added: 19.02.2010

Judges' comments on this poem

07.05.2010

Difficult to understand, too obscure.

27.05.2010

Succinct, clever, this made me smile (smile)...

28.05.2010

Clever...very clever!

30.05.2010

I Like it! Made me smile!

14.06.2010

Very Witty. Short tjough it was,

15.06.2010

I really liked this clever wink at the notion of what makes art.

15.06.2010

Clever and witty.

16.06.2010

A whole story in a few words and then some more besides.

17.06.2010

Good opening line, good closure.

19.06.2010

Every time I read this, I just think - 'Brilliant'. So glad to see this in the top 12.

22.06.2010

Arresting first line!

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