Poem by Joanie DiMartino


Van Gogh as Lee Harvey Oswald

                              Of course he
                      would prefer the book
                   depository, as it was empty:
                 he desired the solitude of monks,
                and he loved being surrounded by
           novels, but mostly, he wanted his easel
         notched next to the sixth floor window,
       where the view of the grassy knoll was
       unencumbered, his jute canvas bursting
       with studied swirls of green like a lone
         lime tree in Arles. Later, before colluding
           his suicide with Ruby, he mailed from his
               jail cell a package to Jackie: “to the White
                 House from the Yellow House,” the plain
                   box read; he wished to replace something
                         she lost that day in Dallas–a mere
                             trifle, he knew, but still, he could
                              not forget the tv footage of her
                                scrambling over the back
                                  of the convertible–
                                    so he sliced off his
                                      own to return
                                        to her hands
                                          a man’s
                                            ear.  

 

© 2013 Allison Goldin

© Allison Goldin

 

Joanie DiMartino has work published in many literary journals and anthologies, including Modern Haiku, Alimentum, Calyx, and Amethyst Arsenic. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Licking the Spoon, and Strange Girls. She hosts Soup & Sonnets: A Monthly Literary Salon for Women, and directs the Hidden Treasures Poetry Series in partnership with the Courtyard Art Gallery in downtown Mystic, CT. A historian as well as a poet, DiMartino is currently at work on a collection of poems about the 19th-century whaling industry. “Van Gogh as Lee Harvey Oswald” is currently on display as part of the “Salon des Independents” show at the Hygienic Galleries in New London Connecticut.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in Cambridge. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles. She is currently studying Illustration at The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

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