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Scenery by Steven Mayoff

03 Jan 2018, Posted by admin in Poetry
Art: Fall by Fabrice Poussin

SCENERY

“When you own a big chunk of the bloody third world

the babies just come with the scenery.” Chrissie Hynde – Middle of the Road

 

snapshots of heaven

spill out of

the open wallet’s

unfolding plastic

inserts and

in each

photograph

clouds obscure

the scenery

 

whatever might lie

on the other

side is

divided between

public

opinion, private

qualms

and the spectre

of order

 

here on this side of

the lens

the focus

gravitates toward

disorder

spanning home and

abroad so as to bury

a thin blue

pulse

 

worming under

scorched

furrows or behind

a steamed up

shaving

mirror or

inside

the question

that soon

passes

 

when indignation

becomes

part and parcel of

privilege

the landscape

repeats

like a screen

saver’s möbius

strip

 

stripped down

the middle

all roads

taper off

into a razor

slit

between earth

and sky

 

two scenarios in

tandem

the scorched

mirror and

the steaming

furrow

the public spectre

and the private

disorder

 

this one-

sided

duality unfolds

möbius-like

to reveal

stop-motion clouds

parting and

parcelling

out (cherubs

not

included)

an eggshell tinged

void

 

sil-

hou-

etted

by a privilege

of wallets

flying

in V

for-

ma-

tion

 

obscured no more

this scenery

shimmers

in the mind

as a

gateless

communion

 

a heaven

of snap-

shots


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: Fall 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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