Abstract Magazine International | Leonard’s Flat by Steven Mayoff
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Leonard’s Flat by Steven Mayoff

03 Jan 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry

Art: Dimension by Fabrice Poussin


“You’ve got to accept the flat surface. Not try to pretend it’s not there.”  David Hockney


The flat like a gallery with all

your artwork wall to wall, I wandered

through it as if through


a private exhibition.

To me you have always

been Leonard, although


you preferred Len

or Lenny. My private Leonardo,

you were the uncle who took


to brush as I later took

to pen. The paintings now

long since taken down


and stored away, the flat rented

to strangers to pay for the care

facility where you now


live. Would you still

remember me to my face or have I

flattened out with no frame


of reference? Has your world

shrunk to a pair of eyes

looking inward? Through


hallway to living room to

studio to bedroom I keep

getting lost from looking too


hard at figures on their

surfaces, following strokes

and smudges, delineations of life.


Your life or mine?

It doesn’t matter as I take the tour

one more time, to remind myself


that perspectives only flatter

the senses, while surfaces

awaken what has been lost.

Image by Len Fligel

About the author:

Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal, later on lived in Toronto, and moved to the bucolic splendor of Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2001. His fiction and poetry have appeared in literary journals across Canada and the U.S., as well as in Ireland, Algeria, France, Wales, England and Croatia. He has written two books of fiction: the story collection Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press, 2009) and the novel Our Lady Of Steerage (Bunim & Bannigan, 2015). Upcoming is poetry collection Swinging Between Water And Stone, to be published by Guernica Editions in 2019.

Art: Dimension by Fabrice Poussin

In the artist’s words:

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review and more than 300 other publications.
Fabrice Poussin is advisor for The Chimes, the Shorter University award winning poetry and arts publication. My writing and photography have been published in print, including Kestrel, Symposium, La Pensee Universelle, Paris, and more than 300 other art and literature magazines in the United States and abroad.  

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