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Poetry Discussion

April 7, 2020

Join us for an online poetry discussion on Tuesday, April 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. for the chosen poem Monet Refuses the Operation by Lisel Mueller. Read the full poem on our website, slowly. Ponder it, reflect on it, and let it speak to you. Then join Ann Quinn for an online Zoom discussion.

Monet Refuses the Operation

Monet Refuses the Operation explores the argument voiced by none other than Monsieur Monet himself who, later in life, decided not to have surgery on his eyes to remove cataracts.

He wanted to paint the light and not the object, to go beyond the ‘youthful errors’ and into the realm of a unified field. This must have been difficult to understand from a medical point of view but Monet insisted, producing some of his best known works known for their hazy content.

Read the full poem