Room Temperature

When morning feels
more like evening
and wine tastes like water
then you know
something is thinning
like the hair of a
middle-aged man
and so you walk in rain
on a sunny day
knowing that
there is a chill
to the end of summer
that hints at the fall
which always leads
to winter’s grip
when you know
that all you do
like your footsteps
in the snow
will melt like streams
leading to rivers
and finally to the ocean
you see, everything
is as it seems
during this emotion
and it is getting late
almost time to go
home on the range
under the acid rain
this is your own personal
climate change

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 over 600 poems published in the US, the UK and Europe) in a variety of literary media. A book of Ivan’s poetry was recently published by Hen House Press, titled Media Child and Other Poems, which can be acquired on Amazon. Two novels by Ivan entitled Marketing Mia and Erotic Rights have been published in hardcover. Ivan’s new novel, Gypsies of New Rochelle, has been released by Michelkin Publishing. Read Ivan’s novels How to Marry a Superstar and Billie Girl on Wattpad. Ivan’s website is: https://www.ivanjenson.com.

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