Edward Hopper’s Room in New York
Seated in the room’s one comfortable chair
a husband hunches forward, intent upon his paper
as if his life depended on the scores he finds there.
Just home from work
he has not yet loosened his tie,
nor spoken with his wife
who is wearing her bright red dress,
the one with the bow in back that
comes easily undone.
She knows he has not noticed
so she plunks the keys of her piano
to say to him softly
that she is there
and has been waiting all day
The room glows--
yellow walls, oak table and door,
the rosy tones of the man’s chair and the woman’s dress.
Something could come of this.
Joseph Stanton is a professor of art history at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has published many books of ekphrastic poetry, with a new one scheduled later this year. His work has appeared in The Ekphrastic Review, Poetry, Harvard Review, Image, New York Quarterly, and more. Over 500 of his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies. His awards include the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award, the Ekphrasis Prize, the James Vaughan Poetry Award, the Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Literature, and the Cades Award for Literature. Ekphrastic poetry was one of the central concerns of his doctoral research at New York University, and he conducts ekphrastic writing workshops in New York and Honolulu. For more information on Stanton's latest ekphrastic collection see: http://brickroadpoetrypress.com/order-books/things-seen-by-joseph-stanton
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