Collage on paper

10" x 10 " / 15" x 15"


inspired the poem 




Monkey business: 

let the organ grinder go, 

let the organ roll, 

let Eisenhower reign again 

with a Big Ruler, and keep 

the flotilla of dragonflies 

at bay, let dark fans unfurl 

their dark clouds

in corners of the sky. 

Monkey business this: 

how gold stars fall 

and no one held to blame. 


Monkey sitting on your 

Esther Williams chair, 

in your Esther Williams 

swim suit, in your 

Esther Williams bathing cap: 

what's the meaning 

of Pocahontas in the distance 

upside down?  What the 

meaning of Manhattan grids,  

gondolas, actuary tables 

and grinning little boys? 

What secrets the cupie doll

in burlap and Mary Janes? 


Have we stayed too long 

at the fair?  Have we 

blocked the midway 

far too long that even 

the barkers cannot beg, 

bark, or save us today? 


— © Patrick Hammer, Jr. 




Ann Morris has been making ceramic art for more than 30 years.  Her work is diverse, whimsical, spiritual, mysterious and organic.  Lately, Ann has been exploring her dreamscape – creating masks, mysterious female figures and small houses.

"Monkey Business" Ann Morris


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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