4954_001_cmyk--imatge-escala
4954_001_cmyk--imatge-escala
Joan Brossa
Escala
Steps on the Scale
1988
MUSIC TALKS I I think happiness is a great gift, sadness leads nowhere, for if you have no gift in life you can’t make the cockerel sing. I think thoughts are fine, but to me any attitude is valid. What goes round comes round, so it is only inside me that I find what I want; nothing else will do. You must do everything alone. Take the hook out of your mouth and let words flow freely. In every thread there is a knot and the bait is greed. Either way, tie a knot between the two, hard, under the sun. Translator’s note: Each verse ends on a note from the musical scale that has a double meaning in Catalan with no equivalent in English---VARIATION II You should not use words, because – do it’s better to walk with a stick – re when talking to wolves. Otherwise – do be wary of proverbs. They lie. – re Tree bark never says anything. – do What is the meaning of words – re directed against other people? – do This is like making a stick – re with the alphabet. Spit on your hands, – sol chew a few leaves, but – la make an effort and it’ll be easier – si to see yourself. A well made nest – la can become a word. Make one – si and give it any name you like. – sol Brossa, Joan: Furgó de cua: 1989–1991. Barcelona: Quaderns Crema, 1993, pp. 91–92
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original title
Escala
year of acquisition
2011
type of object
Object
dimensions
113 x 41.5 x 71 cm
Copyright
© Fundació Joan Brossa, VEGAP, Barcelona
registration number
R.4954
date
1988
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
media
Vinyl on wood
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
original title
Escala
registration number
R.4954
date
1988
year of acquisition
2011
fonds
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
type of object
Object
media
Vinyl on wood
dimensions
113 x 41.5 x 71 cm
credits
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium. Joan Brossa Fund. Long-term loan of Fundació Joan Brossa
Copyright
© Fundació Joan Brossa, VEGAP, Barcelona
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