MAG Poetry Competition 2010 – Shortlisted Poem

Exit

by Ian Aitken

We are the browsers of
Monet wrapped mugs
Relieved at having
seen the real thing;
Potential owners of
Sunflower jigsaws,
Einstein finger
puppets, Cezanne silk scarves
And 3D Degas dancer
cards we send
To say, “We went to
the gallery shop!”
 
This is where our
culture has brought us;
Where hurried aunts
buy Warhol fridge magnets
And Picasso flicker
books are whined for.
Here amongst the
uneven hard back books
We find our post cards
alphabetised and
Our children glad to
have got here at last.

Added: 06.04.2010

Judges' comments on this poem

26.05.2010

Depth of meaning. I enjoyed this poem.

27.05.2010

as an artist I found great amusement in this, as accompaniment to the very appropriate cinisism. Glad to have read it!

27.05.2010

Original, memorable, if a little more shaping needed. the repetition of books jars.

02.06.2010

very true

14.06.2010

Been there done that - made me snile

15.06.2010

Exactly what one feels in museum shops! Very visual.

15.06.2010

How true - clear in meaning and good rhythm. I thought 'alphabetasised' was clunky though.

16.06.2010

Art subsumed by commercialism - and leaving an uncomfortable feeling of "and I've bought into it to"

18.06.2010

I adore this poem. I think it has such a wonderful tone and is highly astute.

21.06.2010

Enjoyed this. Interesting theme for a poem much of it rang true!

22.06.2010

Good observation of museum shop

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