National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 5

The Day 5 prompt from is not one I’ve ever liked. I did start with a photograph, but the use of a poem written in another language required so much attention that I paid almost no attention to the picture. The poem I used for ‘translation’ purposes was Wislawa Szymborska’s ‘Przyklad’. I chose my words partly for [...]

On the other side, past the line (a poem)

Inspired by the background photo I used for the cover of …but for the thoughts running through my mind. It’s not just a photograph it’s a condition I have to decipher the rendition on my screen Does it mean what I think it means? Is there something on the other side? Something past the line? The reflection [...]

Illusional (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph by @helenina on ello. Grains on the paper pixels on the screen silver and grey black to white and everywhere in between to paint those eyes looking out at me everything in just the right place but for that one stray hair on the right side of your face Illusions fixed [...]

Only bones remain (a poem)

An ekphrastic poem, inspired by a photograph by Yang Xiaobin: Overlapping frames obscure the path to Heaven Illumination reveals it is still there but the cracks in the emulsion cast doubt on the timeline The impossibility of the task is evident from every angle— and the amber patches of dried blood left by past failures [...]

Evidence (a poem)

Not waiting so long today… A pointer to truth enforcement of possibility hope for another chance at life The missing piece a chain from one pole to the other Fences or no fences— all my choice? Actions or reactions? Ignorance of the law Ignorance of rules Ignorance of ‘supposed-to-be’ Ignorance of limitations restrictions, barriers The [...]

Old photo of the young artist (A poem)

My copy of David Sylvian’s book Hypergraphia arrived in yesterday’s mail… The fold in the paper angles through the photograph neatly obscuring the cigarette in the subject’s hand The tears and textures at the paper’s edges hold stains of red wine and coffee in criss-crossing arcs The portrait of a man in youth now shows the signs [...]