after the painting by Egon Schiele
Nothing in the background matters.
—from Rattle #22, Winter 2004
William Virgil Davis: “My poem is based on Egon Schiele’s painting ‘Die Familie,’ his last important picture, painted in the year he died. The last line of the poem is crucial, and it indicates what I think of art—poetry and painting—share, that, indeed, ‘Nothing in the background matters.’ The poems or paintings are the life.” (link)