Excursions into Philosophy
Here’s Edward Hopper’s Excursions into Philosophy about the magic mundane mountain of marriage. About the great hems moving, sweeping, bursting underground on the grounds of marriage. About the dark clouds crash landing, choking on their chute, way out in the Cape Cod Bay of Marriage. About drowning under the quartz inserts of marriage, and heirloom squash blossoms of marriage more flammable than fake turquoise, more see-through than sterling silver, and no, not during dinner times mind you, but between dinner times!! She says only being sweet when I’m leaving isn’t sweet at all. And what about that Midwestern light tormenting everyone, and what about Mr. Tormenting who was just trying to read, and who carries on a conversation while they read?! Starched white pages staked by crisp black ink blacks out the clouds of marriage with impossibly hard cubes for a bedroom suit and all that’s nothing compared to your lover facing the wall. Their bare bottom duplicating the pages of an open book, and the book's already been identified as Plato, and she’s already been changed, believing the opposite of one to be estranged.
Tim Staley teaches High School English in South Central New Mexico. He founded and continues to operate Grandma Moses Press and Cacti Fur Poetry Journal. He was born in 1975 in Montgomery, Alabama -- he's no Confederate! Learn more about his tour dates, radio work and publications at PoetStaley.com
5/25/2023 08:30:35 am
I loved this. You captured the essence of the work so very well. Thak you for sharing it.
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