2010s · Conversations with Gravel · Poetry

Dead Song

I wait no more for your polite
I run no longer to your cordial
I let no wind carry
let no night star
I fight not for your uncertain
for your wander, for your lost
not for your stroke, not your soothe
No more gray ink
photograph gaze
No collar bone
valley of skin
I set fire to your words
I drown your colors
all swirl of rainbow
I lie in your grave of kindness
I cough out your breath
I spit you out
wipe the taste of you
from my mouth

First published in Ekphrastic California.

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2010s · Conversations with Gravel · Poetry

Unnamed Color

If I were a painter, I’d find the darkest
blue paint—thick as gravy—
push it slow across a powder-white
canvas, diagonal edge to edge,
let the ridges and valleys of the stroke
seep into a settled mass. I’d drag
the brush saturated in blue past
the easel, over my window pane
across my pale green wall
and onto my bed frame. I’d shape
the prints of my hands where I held
myself above you. Where I saw
you under me like a child, like one
who never married, never had children,
never worked twenty years in the same
company, never had to harden his heart
like police armor. I’d paint
the color of your eyes—
if they could ever be captured
in a shade made by man.

First published in Ekphrastic California.

2010s · Conversations with Gravel · Poetry

When I’ve said all the words I can say

I can only sound.
I dissonance.
I shutter volume.

I scrape metal to metal
–skyscraper groans
–car alarm until it backgrounds.

I tree crack from roots
–siren ambulance, fire truck.
I bone crush
–violin in a cold, dark alley.

I canyon scream
behind double pane windows.
You, inside, sit soundless.

First published in Ekphrastic California.

2016 · Publications

Ekphrastic California January Series!

“Burden” by Alex Diffin

The kind editor of Ekphrastic California, John Brantingham, selected four more of my art inspired poems to be featured in a four day January run! Each of these poems has a link to a local artist who I admire; “When I’ve said all the words I can say” (Michele Vavonese), “Colors for Bruising” (Lynn Azali), “Unnamed Color” (Melinda Hagman), and “Dead Song” (Alex Diffin). All of these female artists create strong, emotional work that connects with my own. Head on over to Ekphrastic California and have a little art with your poetry!

2015 · Publications

Ekphrastic California

Weeping Woman 1937 Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax with additional payment (Grant-in-Aid) made with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1987 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T05010

John Brantingham’s new blog Ekphrastic California was kind enough to publish a newer poem of mine, “Jigsawed“, with inspiration connected to this painting “Weeping Woman” by Pablo Picasso. Every day, they publish an ekphrastic poem, one inspired by a painting, photo, sculpture, or other art. Take a moment to check out the first month and a half they’ve published so far.