AMERICAN GOTHIC

A NEW POEM

by Virginia Konchan

I.
Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton was naturally stunned
by the commercial success of his pupil Jackson Pollock, whose No. 5, 1948,
a “nest-like drizzle of yellows and browns on fiberboard,” sold for 140 million,
becoming the most expensive painting in the history of modern art,
and this, after the (near) seduction of his one wife Rita!
Pollock: “She was the ideal woman.”

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Virginia Konchan is a writer from Cleveland. Her work has recently appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, the New Republic, Notre Dame Review, and Jacket.

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