2010s · Poetry

Jigsawed

I am missing too many pieces
my pieces are broken
my pieces do not match

I am pulling pieces from my mouth
wet and teeth-bent
my pieces fit nothing

I am turning over the edges
over and over and over
my pieces are dizzy
drunk-stained and torn

I am scraping off layers
of Disney-glossed pictures
my pieces are spit gray
my pieces fall behind
tables and wall benches

I am pieces glued on
I am pieces shoved in
I am pieces forced together
pieces and pieces and pieces

all Picasso and bent blue

First published in Ekphrasitc California.

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 blogĀ 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.