Marjorie Maddox/Margaret Munz-Losch

At the American Visionary Art Museum:
White Rabbit

from Beauty and the Beasts by Margaret Munz-Losch

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White Rabbit by Margaret Munz-Losch

Eyes the pale blue-
gray of cornflowers,
the naked girl buzzes
with bees, is bees: nipple,
elbows, neck, chest, swarming
forehead; insect fingers grasping
the starkly white, pink-eyed,
magician’s rabbit of miracles
paired with the good-luck clovers
sprouting from her dirt-blonde bun
crawling with workaholic drones loyal
to scent and perceived innocence,
the way my mother skin
tingles with hers, is hers/
yours, tiny stings that cling
to the most vulnerable
flesh left to love, hovering
sweetly, deceptively,
over the decaying, the dead.


About the writer:
Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 13 collections of poetry— including Begin with a Question (Paraclete 2022), and the ekphrastic collaboration with Karen Elias Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For (Shanti Arts 2022)—the story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite), four children’s/YA books. In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind, based on her daughter’s paintings, is forthcoming in 2023 (Shanti Arts).

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About the artist:
Margaret Munz-Losch is intrigued with the challenge of making compelling works built from elements that are often misunderstood, ignored, or even despised. Whereas the beauty of the figure draws viewers’ initial attention, the details of the work’s composition take them on an unexpected journey upon closer examination. Munz-Losch states: “I perceive all of life as a vivid and wild ride, fraught with equal measures of love, sorrow, and wonder; all completely connected in an unspeakably beautiful universe of chaos.”

Image: White Rabbit by Margaret Munz-Losch (contemporary). Colored pencil and acrylic on panel.  30 x 30 inches. No date specified. By permission.

Buttonhook Press 2022 Broadside Series: Find this Maddox/Munz-Losch collaboration as well as others, including At the American Visionary Art Museum: Black Cat and the new Maddox/Hafer collaborations Switch, High Top and Metaphysical Vault, as PDFs in the 2022 Broadside Series from Buttonhook Press.