This poem is taken from Stand 235, 20(3) September - December 2022.

Robert Hamberger Leaping Figure
When every touch you make seems marvellous and exhilarating you feel at last – this is it – this is the way you should paint…just trying to surprise yourself with a masterpiece.  

Keith Vaughan
Journals, 2nd April 1964


You leap into paint:
its scuffs and strokes and splashes –
gouache seems a caress on paper,
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