WYSTAN CURNOW has published three books (not collections) of poetry.
Cancer Daybook, Back in the USA, both 1989, and Castor
Bay. Pictures & Proses, 1996. He has been teaching modern and
contemporary poetry at the University of Auckland for many, many years,
mostly ‘language poetry’ in recent times. This year he is
teaching creative writing.
Curnow comments: ‘ “Mondrian’s Restaurant”
is from a long manuscript known as The Art Hotel. I stayed
there. It’s in Wroclaw, Poland. Most of the manuscript, this poem
included, springboards off writings by modern artists. There are aspects
of homage, nostalgia, ridicule, to the project, although they aren’t
really apparent in “Mondrian’s Restaurant”. There
is a voice there, a Mondrian voice, that has changed the way I hear
the paintings. I want to mention that last year I photographed a Mondrian
restaurant in Paris; it’s just off the Boulevard Saint Germain
Poem: Mondrian’s Restaurant