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"AC-84-065" by Allan Lake


Title image shows a winter city view of light rail on a bridge crossing a frozen river.

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Published May 1st, 2023


by Allan Lake
(Asquith, Saskatchewan, Canada)

A Painting by William Perehudoff

There once was a day when an artist
placed acrylic verticals on eternity.
3... 4 and then 2 – if reading left to
right, as westerners tend to do.
May have been the first or hundred
and first time he went about this.
How the work evolved, altered,
tugged at restraints –
we have no idea, don't need to know
the pain in painter, why that flesh...
but, we now won't see it otherwise.
William Perehudoff painted so:
conceiving, revealing – not
necessarily in that order.
Peruse his swathes of colour;
travel the hardened grid road
of his doubt until arrival
on a certain fertile plain.

Allan Lake, from Saskatchewan, has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton, Ibiza, Tasmania, W.Australia & Melbourne. Lake won Lost Tower Publications (UK) Competition 2017, Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival 2018, & publication in New Philosopher 2020. Latest poetry chapbook is My Photos of Sicily from Ginninderra Press. Literary journals in 15 countries have now published his poems and 70 were published in 2022.

This poem is included in Poetry World #6, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Edmonton Poetry Magazine:

by Vivian Zenari

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