View from an Abstract Canvas

Stubborn painter
jaw locked down on wet brushes
teeth stained by pigment and linseed
oil. Native face, splashed
tribe of renegade colors.

Indian yellow
and red ochre hands
sleeves streaked in mars black
blue jeans in turpentine trance.
Small stool and newsprint
floors tacky pools of paint, rag
buckets and splatter
from earlier works.

Oscillating fans blowing
sheets of paper draped
on a clothes line. Roll
of canvas in the bare
corner, gesso bins
beside an old fridge that came
with the studio
processed cheese, wine
of undistinguished vintage.

Kenneth Alewine is a doctoral student at the Institute for Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Later this fall he will be traveling to Romania to give a presentation on melancholia and music visualization. His scholarly interests include music and voice hearing, art and medicine, illness narratives, and computer music. His poems have appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Poetry Quarterly, UCity Review, Psychic Meatloaf and elsewhere. Kenneth is a multimedia designer and composes electronic music. He is also building a virtual synthesizer using a visual programming language.

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4 Responses to View from an Abstract Canvas

  1. willowdot21 says:

    What an amazing scene you invoke!

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