Tag Archives: Paul McDonald

People in the Sun

(After the painting by Edward Hopper) Are sitting in a line with their faces turned toward it, like a cinema you shut your eyes at. Men wearing suits, women hats and scarfs, smart enough for tea with the vicar. They … Continue reading

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Girl at Sewing Machine

(After the painting by Edward Hopper) She sits at her Singer, its heavy black bulk on a base of iron, indestructible, weighted to the floor for her complicated coaxing, the sole of a clever foot. She’s in control of all … Continue reading

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Intermission

(After the painting by Edward Hopper) Intermissions are worse for single women: the roar into hush, harsh light and exodus. The story’s half-over and she’s left to watch the curtain hang, betrayed by visibility. Who wants to stand alone in … Continue reading

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