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Vincent Berquez

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Vincent Berquez: Following the farmer’s dog

Vincent Berquez

 

Following the farmer’s dog

 

The children follow the sheepdog

who follows its master along

the glassy road of chilly children’s

feet and the scar under the icy paw

of the working dog beneath it.

 

The echoing laughter of children,

the solid animals slowly scratching

the hardened ground of the harsh

winter and tumbling white crystals.

 

The intimate covering amplifies

the skipping children full of laughter

on the harsh diamonds beneath them,

as the slippery earth trips them up;

 

and the dog’s scarred paw cuts deep

in the cold and it moves fast to feel less

of the freezing ground beneath

following its master towards the flock.

 

And afterwards the children will drink

hot drinks and the farmer and his scuttling

dog will eat hot food, and the cattle

will be revived on this Christmas Eve,

this twinkling morning of dusky daylight.

 

24.12.2010

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Vincent Berquez: Infant illness

Vincent Berquez

 

Infant illness

 

Yelling the night down

the voice lilts and moans.

Listening for his cries

out loud, a song of pain

and voiceless shackles

slides out of the void

of illness in the dark game

of night and hot breath.

His mouth rattles and yells

the lights on and demands

the tender strokes of relief

from the heart of a cough.

The hack of a scarlet throat,

a nose full of glue

he yells our attention

sitting to attention

in the complete darkness.

The lament of infant illness

dries up for a while

and waits in the song of tears.

 

24.12.10

 

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Vincent Berquez: St Vincent de Paul

Vincent Berquez © painting:  St Vincent de Paul

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Vincent Berquez: Autumn in Hampstead

Vincent Berquez© painting: Autumn in Hampstead

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Vincent Berquez: My son, the disco dancer

Vincent Berquez

 

My son, the disco dancer

 

He flicks movements in squealing happiness

and turns and falls over, laughs and squeaks,

squawks, stands and sits and strains and rolls,

and moves his little baby legs accidentally

as he leans into his bouncy, bendy self.

 

My infant son, the disco dancing prancer

parades and shifts his squidgy frame frantically

like a jaunty spring-loaded jittery jumping bean

and lands on his bum again.

 

And his happy head swigs the air and eyes dart

around his spinning frame, as he jigs for joy

and bounds, fly-falling onto his rump again,

quickly bouncing to stomp the beat of sound

looking up to me he demands more music.

 

22.01.11

 

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Vincent Berquez: Forgiveness

Vincent Berquez

 

Forgiveness

 

In the darkness my son is the object.

In his sleep we ponder ourselves

and glimpse eternity,

his communicating will go

further than we shall ever travel.

 

In this great silence he is monumental

and we see the future beyond ourselves.

 

Asleep there are always hidden secrets

from the banality of our self-importance

that only he can deconstruct and give meaning to.

 

We ask who we are.  But he cannot answer yet.

It will be a wonderment to hear his voice,

will he understand as we become different with time,

will he forgive us if forgiveness is necessary?

 

13.12.10

 

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Vincent Berquez: Cathedral of trees

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Cathedral of trees

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Vincent Berquez: Bulldog morning

Vincent Berquez© painting:

Bulldog morning (2011)

 

Vincent Berquez Biography

Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet. He has published in Britain, Europe, America and New Zealand. His work is in many anthologies, collections and magazine worldwide. Vincent Berquez was requested to write a Tribute as part of ‘Poems to the American People’ for the Hastings International Poetry Festival for 9/11, read by the mayor of New York at the podium. He has also been commissioned to write a eulogy by the son of Chief Albert Nwanzi Okoluko, the Ogimma Obi of Ogwashi-Uku to commemorate the death of his father. Berquez has been a judge many times, including for Manifold Magazine and had work read as part of Manifold Voices at Waltham Abbey. He has recited many times, including at The Troubadour and the Pitshanger Poets, in London. In 2006 his name was put forward with the Forward Prize for Literature. He recently was awarded a prize with Decanto Magazine. Berquez is now a member of London Voices who meet monthly in London, United Kingdom.

Vincent Berquez has also been collaborating in 07/08 with a Scottish composer and US film maker to produce a song-cycle of seven of his poems for mezzo-soprano and solo piano. These are being recorded at the Royal College of Music under the directorship of the concert pianist, Julian Jacobson. In 2009 he will be contributing 5 poems for the latest edition of A Generation Defining Itself, as well as 3 poems for Eleftheria Lialios’s forthcoming book on wax dolls published in Chicago. He also made poetry films that have been shown at various venues, including a Polish/British festival in London, Jan 07.

As an artist Vincent Berquez has exhibited world wide, winning prizes, such as at the Novum Comum 88’ Competition in Como, Italy. He has worked with an art’s group, called Eins von Hundert, from Cologne, Germany for over 16 years. He has shown his work at the Institute of Art in Chicago, US, as well as many galleries and institutions worldwide. Berquez recently showed his paintings at the Lambs Conduit Festival, took part in a group show called Gazing on Salvation, reciting his poetry for Lent and exhibiting paintings/collages. In October he had a one-man show at Sacred Spaces Gallery with his Christian collages in 2007. In 2008 Vincent Berquez had a solo show of paintings at The Foundlings Museum and in 2011 an exposition with new work in Langham Gallery London.

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Victor Berquez: My son the musician

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My son the musician

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vincent berquez poetry: this

vincent berquez

 

this

 

this is the vessel

this is the child

the spontaneous

sparks into action

this is central

this is who we are

this is the treasure

and the bud opens.

 

this is you and me

in our ideal form,

we have blended

and here before us

is unrefined love

that is a smile

and we praise this

through him, with him.

 

29.09.10

 

Vincent Berquez Biography

Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet. He has published in Britain, Europe, America and New Zealand. His work is in many anthologies, collections and magazine worldwide. Vincent Berquez was requested to write a Tribute as part of ‘Poems to the American People’ for the Hastings International Poetry Festival for 9/11, read by the mayor of New York at the podium. He has also been commissioned to write a eulogy by the son of Chief Albert Nwanzi Okoluko, the Ogimma Obi of Ogwashi-Uku to commemorate the death of his father. Berquez has been a judge many times, including for Manifold Magazine and had work read as part of Manifold Voices at Waltham Abbey. He has recited many times, including at The Troubadour and the Pitshanger Poets, in London. In 2006 his name was put forward with the Forward Prize for Literature. He recently was awarded a prize with Decanto Magazine. Berquez is now a member of London Voices who meet monthly in London, United Kingdom.

Vincent Berquez has also been collaborating in 07/08 with a Scottish composer and US film maker to produce a song-cycle of seven of his poems for mezzo-soprano and solo piano. These are being recorded at the Royal College of Music under the directorship of the concert pianist, Julian Jacobson. In 2009 he will be contributing 5 poems for the latest edition of A Generation Defining Itself, as well as 3 poems for Eleftheria Lialios’s forthcoming book on wax dolls published in Chicago. He also made poetry films that have been shown at various venues, including a Polish/British festival in London, Jan 07.

As an artist Vincent Berquez has exhibited world wide, winning prizes, such as at the Novum Comum 88’ Competition in Como, Italy. He has worked with an art’s group, called Eins von Hundert, from Cologne, Germany for over 16 years. He has shown his work at the Institute of Art in Chicago, US, as well as many galleries and institutions worldwide. Berquez recently showed his paintings at the Lambs Conduit Festival, took part in a group show called Gazing on Salvation, reciting his poetry for Lent and exhibiting paintings/collages. In October he had a one-man show at Sacred Spaces Gallery with his Christian collages in 2007. In 2008 Vincent Berquez had a solo show of paintings at The Foundlings Museum and in 2011 an exposition with new work in Langham Gallery London.

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Exposition Vincent Berquez in Langham Gallery London

Exposition Vincent Berquez in Langham Gallery London

VINCENT BERQUEZ

NEW WORKS

7-20 February 2011

Langham Gallery
34 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London, WC1N 3LE

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Vincent Berquez: Two Poems

V i n c e n t   B e r q u e z

T w o   P o e m s

 

P o r c e l a i n


You wait for me patiently

for my events to happen

for my heart to meet yours.


Sliding fingers into fingers

we canter through the busy city


I brush you off gently –

like dusting precious porcelain.


I still want the proposal offered

but slowly, in measured footsteps,

in calm, tame light,

within my heart’s capacity.


You wait patiently.

Seeds will be sown as plants push

through the soil, appearing like a miracle.


Porcelain flowers you and I.


T h e   v i t a l   o r e


I have planted my flag deep in your territory

in fantastical realms unknown to me for so long,

in the greater mystery of life my strong sail skitted

and skimmed me towards the shore of your heart.


The clauses within craziness and controlled chaos

that can be this existence often spiralling, imposed

in the blind roots as the route was broken through

and you appeared on a lighter horizon in loving glow.


My flag flies passionately in the hardy swirling air

and sparkles in the whooshing breeze of my vital nature

and in the height of the azure sky, embedded, pushed in

I embellish and decorate my thoughts into the earth,

into the crust of clay, deep into vital ore, and there I find you.


Vincent Berquez: Two Poems

 

VINCENT BERQUEZ: THE THREE MALE GRACES 2006

27cm x 59cm, wood based, plastered and plated in aluminium


Vincent Berquez: “The Christian equivalent of the Three Graces of antiquity could be said to be Faith, Hope and Charity. These represent the embodiment of womanhood and the better nature of an ideal, always entwined and gathered together in unity. In my work I thought that man could be represented in a similar way and why had he not been in this way in the first place? Was it that the male could only be perceived in strength and the warring attributes? My male Three Graces are also entwined as a unity. They blend and meld within each other. I have envisaged that they represent Courage, Integrity and Honesty. That these virtues in our world are important, that as a man the combination would be the best way we could be with Faith, Hope and Charity, we could make a better, safer world.”

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