Wall Paper

You share
snippets
of snapshots
which create
a dream-collage
of torn-off truths
and made-up
black and white
manifestations of
what might have been
and on that
bulletin board
riddled with
thumbtack facts
scotch-taped
with sticky situations
that you emotionally
detached
from your store-bought
Hallmark Heart
I see
the calendar
in your room
reveals
all you have
to look forward to
is a Zumba class
at noon

Ivan Jenson is a fine artist, novelist and contemporary poet who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His artwork was featured in Art in America, Art News, and Interview, and has sold at auction at Christie’s. Ivan was commissioned by Absolut Vodka to make a painting titled Absolut Jenson for the brand’s national ad campaign. His Absolut paintings are in the collection of the Spiritmusuem, the museum of spirits in Stockholm, Sweden. Ivan’s painting of the “Marlboro Man” was collected by the Philip Morris corporation. Ivan was commissioned to paint the final portrait of the late Malcolm Forbes. Ivan has written two novels, Dead Artist and Seeing Soriah, both of which illustrate the creative and often dramatic lives of artists. Ivan’s poetry is widely published (with close to 600 poems published in the US, the UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan’s poetry was published by Hen House Press, titled Media Child and Other Poems. Two novels by Ivan entitled Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published in hardcover. Ivan’s next novel, Gypsies of New Rochelle, will soon be released by Michelkin Publishing. His website: http://www.ivanjenson.com.

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