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Visiting Chagall
by Seaborn Jones
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I mailed several of my poems to Marc Chagall in 1965, which led to an invitation to visit him. On April 29, 1969, I arrived at his home in Saint-Paul-de-Vence on the French Riviera with my girlfriend, Barbara. Chagall greeted me with a big bear hug, took the bouquet of flowers I had brought, and presented them to his wife, Vava, who was chain-smoking Lucky Strikes while translating because I didn't speak French or Russian and Chagall didn't speak English. I was twenty-six; Chagall, eighty-two. When he thanked me for the invasion of Normandy, I hesitated, but a black butterfly flew through the garden and he pointed to it with such intensity that the conversation didn't require words.



Seaborn Jones of Lizella, Georgia, has published two full-length books, Drowning from the Inside Out and Lost Keys, and three chapbooks, X-Ray Movies, Black Champagne, and Getaway Car in Reverse. He has published in numerous journals, including the New York Quarterly, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, and the Belgium journal Microbe. Honors include two Individual Artist awards from the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Georgia Author of the Year Award in poetry, the Violet Reed Haas Poetry award, and selection as a Bread Loaf scholar. A former Marine, he teaches poetry through the Bibb County Arts Institute, Macon, Georgia.
   
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Anonomous 3.11.2009
Opium is a drug... not a magazine?
sue 3.13.2009
I really love this piece. The words are more like brushstrokes illuminating for me the big questions of life and death. thanks
BARBARA 3.17.2009
I STILL LOVE YOU AND I'M STILL YOUR GIRLFRIEND. BARBARA
 
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